Monday, June 4

The Julius Airwave - The City, The Forest

For a music addict living just above the Sunshine State, I hear surprisingly little out of our neighbors to the south. However, a few months ago I was turned on to Jacksonville's The Julius Airwave. Their The City, The Forest was released in early May on Sickroom Records.

The City, The Forest is an interesting if somewhat schizophrenic record, with tracks that leap from bouncy pop ("Broken Bells") to more typical indie rock fare. The album's better moments recall contemporaries like Snowden or Illinois, while it's moodier segments are more akin to a less annoying Killers ("Appley"). They're certainly closer to mainstream "indie" than I usually find interesting, but their tendency to incorporate piano and big hooks makes them a fetching listen. Don't be surprised if these guys get a lot of attention in the near future.

The Julius Airwave - Broken Bells
The Julius Airwave - Nannerl

You can order The City, The Forest from Sickroom Records.

The only upcoming show listed on their website is June 15 at Common Grounds in Gainesville alongside Morningbell and The Shitty Beatles ("it's not just a clever name"). Bonus points if you get the reference, but it's not all that obscure.


Anonymous charlie rumble said...

is the one guy in the tie and vest looking at the other dudes in the band and annoyed they showed up to the photoshoot in t-shirts?

5:43 PM

Blogger Rich said...

I dunno, but this kinda reminds me of Cartman's album cover in the episode when he formed that fake Christian band with Token and Butters.

6:02 PM

Blogger Leah said...

How funny to open up your blog & see this today. I'm originally from Jax & have been to countless Julius Airwave shows.

I find their music to be kinda "Meh" latley but Rick Colado's solo stuff is really pretty good.

Esp. Mt. Echo.

You can listen to it on his My space

6:03 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Ha! I've only known a darn thing about these guys since they came here and played with Snowden. Too funny. I'll give that a listen too. :)

6:09 PM

Blogger Carson said...

Just a note, Common Grounds is in Gainesville, not Jacksonville.

I agree, though, that Florida is a little behind Georgia in producing good music. Well, maybe more than a little.

2:18 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Thx for the correction, C. Fixed it.

2:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm originally from "JAX" and been to a ton of their shows there and in Chicago. Although always a delight, it's nice to see this band grow from the pure pop they played back in 2002 to this new, very good album. Ahead of the pack these kids. Not the same old mtv, fuse shit that keeps being shoved down our throats. --DD

5:06 AM


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