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.