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Thunderbirds Are Now! - Make History/Justamustache 2 for 1 deal

$15.00

Recently on tour with Les Savy Fav and The Hold Steady, Make History is Thunderbirds are Now!'s third full-length and second on Popfrenzy Records. The album depicts a band at its peak: no longer stressing about what people might expect, but rather wearing their influences better than one of Interpol's tailored suits. "We live off of pop music," says singer/guitarist Ryan Allen. "Some Beatles for breakfast, a little Smiths for lunch, and the Pixies for dinner. Further, "making an album full of melodies, actual choruses, songs in major keys... it's something I think we all grew up with, so it was inevitable that we'd make a record like this. It's our chance to do right by our influences and by ourselves."

To document Make History the band convened in New York and Philadelphia with longtime friend John Schmersal, famous for his signature guitar skronk as a member of Brainiac and for his skewed-pop sensibilities with his current band Enon. Schmersal's ear for melody as well as unconventional sounds and structures helped TAN! find a perfect marriage between the straight-ahead and the peculiar. It's a coupling that can be heard all over Make History. Take the opener, "Panthers in Crime," which starts off with an acoustic introduction and crashes to an end with keyboardist Scott Allen manning a Hammond organ and drummer Matt Rickle bashing his kit. Or examine "The Veil Comes Down," a four-on-the-floor rocker that features bassist Howard Chang's steady rhythms and some of the most eccentric keyboard noises the band has ever cooked up. The twelve-song album (including the Australia exclusive “Dangerish”) culminates with live staple "(The Making of...) Make History" and its chorus of pop-centric "ba ba da ba's" singing the album to its triumphant close. It's all done with the utmost intent of separating themselves from the dance-rock and the post-post-punk pigeonholing that has plagued some of their contemporaries, making their own history along the way.

Track Listing:
01.Panthers In Crime
02.The Veil Comes Down
03.We Win (Ha Ha)
04.Open Us Up
05.Why We War
06.Sound Issues/Smart Ideas
07.Sleeping in The Lion’s Mouth
08.Shit Gold
09.Shake Them Awake
10.PPLR ANMLS
11.(The Making of…) Make History
12.Dangerish (Australian bonus track)

Justamustache is ripe with vocal harmonies and shout-a-long choruses, dual guitar parts, effects-laden bass and vibrant keyboard melodies. Songs like "Eat this City" and "Harpoons of Love" are steadfast and as close to perfect ‘pure pop’ as anything going around, while "This World is Made of Paper" and "Cobra Feet" show the band at their most powerful, precise and danceable. At ten tracks in all, Justamustache is a snapshot of a band finally comfortable in their own skin.

Track Listing:
1. Better Safe Than Safari
2. Eat This City
3. 198090 (Aquatic Cupid’s)
4. Harpoon of Love
5. Enough About Me, Let’s Talk About Me
6. To: Skulls
7. From: Skulls
8. Bodies Adjust
9. This World is Made of Paper
10. Cobra Feet

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