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Antennas Up Announce 3 Tracks in iTunes’ Tap Tap Revenge 3 Game

October 19, 2009

Antennas Up are pleased to announce that three tracks from their self-titled debut are included in ITunes’ Tap Tap Revenge 3 video game; they share company with likes like AFI, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Ben Harper, No Doubt and Dave Matthews Band! Tap Tap Revenge is the most popular iPhone videogame, with over 6 million downloads. Essentially, the game is a portable Guitar Hero, in which players tap their fingers as scrolling blobs speed down in time to the music. It is an ideal placement for a band who are obsessed with such pastimes.

When learning of a band who wears their fascination with spaceships, videogames and assorted results of hyper-accentuated technology on their sleeve as Antennas Up does, one might make the assumption that their obsession is a reflection of a rather cold persona. Thank God, their debut album is now available and any pre-conceived notions of frigid, scientific vibes are swept away by dance floor-worthy grooves that share loyalties to funk, neo-soul and electro-robot rock. The songs on this self-titled debut are incredibly inclusive, with hypnotic rhythms weaving in and out of infectious melodies, drawing listeners closer. Innovative studio techniques bring a modern edge to tunes that are guaranteed to fill the dance floor, generating collective joy between the audience and band. This kind of accessibility is not contrived but a direct reflection of three extremely extroverted guys who bonded together to make intelligent music that is also a lot of fun.

The songs on the album address a broad range of subjects, from the down-to-earth issues of relationships (“Don’t Wait Up”), to otherworldly accounts of time travel and spaceship romance (“5P4C35H1P”). Taking wildly disparate subjects and elaborate recording techniques and weaving a unified album is where the band’s talent shines – their allegiance to all that is dance-friendly provides the glue.

Unlike most indie bands, Antennas Up tour with an entire multimedia production that includes an interactive light and music show. Their tech-centered show started with a slight obsession with guitar effects pedals and morphed into a mini-mountain of effects and lights connected by over 1000 feet of cable. The band controls audio backing tracks, lights and video through one central box. Akers explains, “Of course the live show’s cornerstone is the music. But to us, the show is about more than just what songs we perform. We want to set our show apart from what you would typically expect to see going to a club on a random Friday night. When people walk in and see a band with full stage production, it makes an impact. And what’s great is, we bring our entire setup with us, and are able to duplicate it in every room across the country.”

Antennas Up carved out their own musical realm, a domain in which the chillier aspects of technology are offset by the warmth and good humor emanating from this trio of musicians.

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Antennas Up – Self-Titled

July 28, 2009

Label: Plastic Artifice
Rating: 4 Guns

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Antennas Up

Written By: PSG

The Antennas Up self-titled new album embodies the spirit of the quintessential young man. The songs are sexy, adventurous, confident, and aware, exactly the perfect young fella. This is an album that can go along with any activity: studying, dancing, sex, brushing your teeth. It’s fresh, fun, and shallow in a good way. There are no heavy messages or moralizing to be found in these tracks, just the beat of an exciting life.

The most impressive feature of the Antennas Up album is the way the artists, make the language of the lyrics work for them, specifically “Agree to Disagree.” The words trip along perfectly with the music. Another place this works well is “Break Me Down,” when it says, “in the nation, all this information.” Linguistic rhythm set to rival master poets’ is used through this album, making it particularly noteworthy.

The vocals on this album are also exceptional. On numbers like “PSA” and “Outta Sight,” the vocals could easily have been recorded off a Broadway stage. They are deep, powerful, and share equal space in the song with the music, a rarity. Often vocals can be overpowered by the music and vice versa, but Antennas Up save themselves from this expertly. Also, particularly in the softer, ambient track “Piano Song” the vocals prove very versatile as they become much more casual.

The best part of the album is the attitude it carries which comes mostly from the music itself. It has an excellent urban sound without becoming “gansta” which makes it relatable to more and more listeners. The thing as a whole is very optimistic, which reflects the outlook of a young man in today’s world very well. The sentiment, “we’ve come too far to let it go,” fits great with the light, youthful idea of the album. “You’re going too fast,” from “Break Me Down” also fits in with this theme. Isn’t that how it feels to be a young person at this point in time? Life can really speed by.

The music which brings across these great attitude-filled ideas is rather unique. The electronic sound never comes across as fake or trying too hard, as computerized music can. The artists obviously have real control over their vision to achieve this sound, and that is something deserving of applause.

If you enjoyed Antennas Up check out: Terra Naomi and TV on the Radio