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Friday, March 14 • 1:00am - 1:30am
Via Audio

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The adage of too many cooks spoiling the broth can be universally applied on a number of levels, particularly in artistic relationships, where, for example, too many musicians' egos clash during the writing and recording of an album. But in the case of New York-based indie rock outfit Via Audio, having three-fourths of the band penning material for its SideCho debut album saysomethingsaysomethingsaysomething has only made a great collection of tracks even greater. Drummer Danny Molad, vocalist/guitarist Jessica Martins, guitarist Tom Deis and bassist David Lizmi discovered each other as musical kindred spirits while at college in Boston back in 2003. Within a year, the band had begun performing locally, and its self-titled EP became their calling card. In mid 2005 the band began work on a new album, but the album fell victim to hard drive failures and sporadic recording schedules. It was during this time though that Via Audio began generating attention from some highly established indie rock peers. Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla fell in love with the group after stumbling across their MySpace profile. Being dubbed Walla's "favorite new band" in Under The Radar was a giant boost to the band's confidence, but it was admiration from another high-profile peer that would eventually lead to the completion of saysomethingsaysomethingsaysomething. "Jessica went to a Spoon show, and she went up to Jim (Eno) and was like, 'Hey, we're in a band and here's our CD,'" says Lizmi. Before too long, Eno had taken a specific interest in the group, plenty enough to make a considerable effort to produce the outfit. "We were on tour in the West Coast and he flew out to San Francisco just to see us." After the concert Eno proposed a deal that the band could not turn down. He invited the group to his Austin studio to help the band record a new album agreeing to only get paid if/when the band got signed. Via Audio spent two weeks in Austin with Eno, recording the remainder of the album as efficiently as possible to ensure that it would be completed on schedule. In fact, because of the band members' engineering skills, Eno and the band would often be simultaneously working on the same album. "In one room, Jim would be mixing and in the other room, we would be recording," says Lizmi. "Jim's into the analog thing and it was a little bit harder than what we did at home, because of the fact that it's very honest recording," adds Deis. "We had to really get it right without the luxury of fixing our little mistakes." But the tight attentiveness paid off. Not only did Via Audio finally finish the album they had started nearly a year prior, the foursome walked away with the experience of being able to work with one of their mentors. "We were all really pleasantly surprised," Deis recalls. "Every time we'd leave the studio, we'd be like, 'Jim is amazing.' We saw it as an ideal collaboration. He didn't force us into any direction. He just gave his input and we usually felt good about what he had to say." After wrapping mastering in November, the band began speaking with a variety of labels, waiting for the right relationship. "We were sitting on this record, and we were anxious as to where we were going to be, or whether we would have to release it ourselves," says Lizmi. To quell their anxiety, the band leaked a collection of Say Something… demos to blogs with unexpected success. Within days the band had rocketed to the top of the Elbo.ws chart. Blogs were singing their praises, WOXY began spinning and charting the demos and the band landed in the pages of Alternative Press as a featured unsigned band. Via Audio eventually connected with Southern California-based indie label SideCho Records. The songs of saysomething… reveal a band that has the innate ability to draw from all depths and corners of its musical upbringing. Although each of the three songwriters has their own style, the end product is decidedly Via Audio. Credit this to their raw talent and understanding of how to maintain a seamless, symbiotic creative relationship. "We all enjoy each others' input," says Deis. "I'll bring in a guitar part and vocal part, or whatever, and I just say, 'David, do what you want to do. Jess, do what you want to do. Danny, do what you want to do.' And then we discuss, and usually the person who is playing the instrument has a say in what their instrument does. We all let each other express each other." "It's about having fun," Lizmi adds. "It's about having a good time and not taking yourself too seriously. That's important. And having really solid musical and melodic content. We're trying to be real conscious about everything we play and everything we put in. Music is first with us…We've been in this waiting period, just kind of waiting to do a hard push. And with this record, this is going to be it. It's now a goal for us." //////PRESS ACCLAIM FOR VIA AUDIO & 'SAY SOMETHING'///// "Say Something, the debut LP from NYC-based band Via Audio, is without doubt my favorite Indie Pop record of the last five years." - IT'S HARD TO FIND A FRIEND BLOG "Finally, a catchy pop record that's serious: not gloomy, not mournful, and not pretentious. It's serious and earnest, it's occasionally sad, but there is such a beautiful gloss over everything that it sticks, hurts, and feels delicious." - PITCHFORK MEDIA "Like Stars, Via Audio intoxicate their pop with swirling atmospheres, engaging boy/girl harmonies and layered instrumentation of numerous flavors and tones." - ALTERNATIVE PRESS "These kids think in terms of pop confections, creating tunes that just beg to be sung." - AOL/Spinner "It isn't hard to see why Brooklyn quartet Via Audio has become a favorite within the blogosphere and among fellow indie rockers like Spoon's Jim Eno, who produced their debut album saysomethingsaysomethingsaysomething...Feist and Postal Service fans get ready, Via Audio will woo you." - SPIN.COM "The video for "Presents" (the first song to be lifted from the album) is a karaoke-style fun filled romp the makes you long for the halcyon days of summer." - FILTERMAG.COM "As one might expect, there are deep bows to both Spoon and Death Cab for Cutie on say something..., but the more interesting comparisons are by far the less predictable ones. The album is a jambalaya of styles and influences, a veritable White Album for the aughts: "Hazmat" evokes a Weezer power ballad; "I Can't Focus," a Madeleine Peyroux serenade." - NYLONMAG.COM "Eno also found time this year to produce this Boston band's upcoming debut, saysomethingsaysomethingsaysomething. The trebly synths and drum-machine beats of this catchy track show that the similarities between Eno's two projects end with their stuttering titles. Still, Spoon's bopping robot pal would have a field day with this one. " - EW.COM "They're chock full of that indie irony, but somehow make it easy to swallow by crafting a song that's just too darn catchy to have it matter. Recommended." - EMUSIC.COM "Although a debut full-length, Say Something comes across as a collection of songs from a group of self-assured musicians extremely comfortable with what they're doing...Thankfully, their songwriting skills match their confident performances and professional connections, making the album an absolute treat for indie pop fans." - TINY MIX TAPES "Intelligent, melodic indie pop is what Via Audio does best, and SaySomething captures that magic just right...Via Audio offers up some mighty great pop music with plenty of substance." - THE TRIPWIRE "Via Audio is one of those bands I wish I could lay complete claim to, because as this band blows up (and this seems entirely likely) the music nerd in me is going to want to proclaim loudly to everyone and anyone that I liked them way back when" - DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY "You've heard the term "pop gems"? Yeah, the is one of those bands that epitomizes that term. Four-part harmonies...yum!" - MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG "Via Audio manage to make the best of both female and male leads in each track. Their seemingly simplistic songs are spliced with bits of musical brilliance that make me extremely hopeful of what this band has to offer in the
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Friday March 14, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Habana Annex 708 E 6th St

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