Tapes ‘N Tapes Return To Madison With Buzz-Worthy Sound

Tapes 'n Tapes

It all started with a crazy winter trip in 2004 to a cabin with no running water in the Wisconsin woods, where some recording equipment, a little seclusion and three days helped create Tapes ‘N Tapes’ self-titled seven-song EP.

Following their D.I.Y. Bon Iver-style release, the Minneapolis-based indie rockers gained music blog stardom and successfully released their first LP, The Loon (originally named after a deli the guys regularly ate at rather than the Minnesota state bird) in 2005.  As for the band name itself, that was singer/guitarist Josh Grier’s doing.

“The name originally came from me and this guy Steve who was a college roommate of mine,” Grier said in an interview with Pitchfork. “I had an old four track recorder, and on Friday nights, we’d have a couple beers, set a kitchen timer, and from when the kitchen timer started to when it stopped, we’d have to play stuff that was totally impromptu. And so after a couple of late night sessions of this, we had a number of songs, and I jokingly said that we should name our band Tapes ‘N Tapes and play all those songs. Unfortunately, none of those songs really ever made it.”

The band’s latest release, Outside, showcases the quartet’s signature quirk and grittiness and boasts a more stripped-down sound than their previous album (2008’s Walk It Off).

Case in point:  the folky, whimsical single “Badaboom.”  With hints of Modest Mouse, and maybe even a little bit of the Strokes, Grier’s vocals effortlessly accent the catchy melodies.

After touring the world, playing big-name festivals, and sharing stages with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kids, and The Black Keys, Tapes ‘N Tapes will be performing right here in Madison at the High Noon Saloon on September 14, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets here!

–Kaitlyn Schnell

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