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    Default California Wives - Art History

    online listen
    thought it was some girl group
    jangly guitar alt
    Connells came to mind
    soft vocals
    liked a couple
    another close call
    1.5 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Blood Red Youth

    released Sept 4th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    Chicago quartet California Wives were formed in 2009 by multi-instrumentalists Dan Zima and Hans Michel along with
    drummer Joe O'Connor. These three musicians were quickly rounded out by Jayson Kramer, another multi-
    instrumentalist, with a focus on guitar and keyboards. The band developed a sound based on a strong '80s new wave
    and pop influence, blending the dancey bounce of Prince, the Police, and Culture Club with more electronic synth pop
    nods toward New Order or Human League. Early in its existence, the band set about recording its debut EP, No. 8,
    settling on the solid instrumentation of Kramer on lead vocals, keyboard, and guitar; Zima on bass; O'Connor on
    drums; and Michel on lead guitar. The group played often and regularly released new tracks online. A second EP,
    Affair, followed, and in 2012 Michel was replaced by Graham Masell on lead guitar. Later that year, California Wives
    signed a deal with Vagrant Records and began working with producer Claudius Mittendorfer on their debut album, Art

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Not that they're actually from said state, of course, but California Wives are very much the descendants of a
    certain kind of Chicago band, namely the new wave/post-punk/shoegaze worshipers that summed up everything that
    wasn't metal and classic rock about the Smashing Pumpkins, in this case to their huge credit; Art History is the
    kind of derivative debut album that's a treat worth enjoying rather than a tedious collection of spot-the-
    influences. If anything, the quartet at points calls to mind the pioneering Midwesterners For Against when it comes
    to going big and bold, with "Los Angeles" -- not an X cover -- being a prime example, and "Tokyo" and the slow and
    stately "The New Process" not far behind. Like For Against, California Wives also find beauty in a particular kind
    of restraint that derives from mid-'80s New Order if anything, making songs like "Blood Red Youth" and the chiming
    skip of "Purple" also worth treasuring. If still very much finding their feet, California Wives nonetheless have a
    very good thing going that could really set them apart with whatever they go for next.

    Track Listing

    1. Blood Red Youth
    2. Tokyo
    3. Marianne
    4. The Fisher King
    5. Los Angeles
    6. Photolights
    7. Purple
    8. Better Home
    9. Twenty Three
    10. The New Process
    11. Light Year

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    'not available...', same crap,diff'rent day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY-HORSE View Post
    'not available...', same crap,diff'rent day!
    that's not even a Vevo clip
    I thought it was just vevo clips
    sorry man

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    yeh, thats the first non-vevo i havent been able to not sure what the heck happened there???

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