Dec. 12, 2006 – The Australian music label, Hidden Shoal Recordings, today announced the signing of US based indie pop rockers, “The Hero Cycle”.
With seven band members feeding into the mix The Hero Cycle create a joyously large, textured sound coupled with complex arrangements to produce a feel that is at once spontaneous and measured. The band possess that magic combination of sound and song, pooling all the ingredients of shoegaze rock and indie pop and distilling them into undeniably catchy and driving tunes. The Hero Cycle are, without doubt, one of the bands to watch in 2007.
“Burlington’s The Hero Cycle is something of an indie-rock big band, with seven members contributing to their multilayered sound. The Hero Cycle features three guitarists, two keyboardists, a drummer and a bassist. Yet somehow the music never sounds cluttered…..Led by guitarist/vocalist Frank Smecker, the group combines shoegazer haze with yearning vocals and intricate arrangements.”
-7 Days VT Weekly Paper
“The Hero Cycle reminds me a lot of Broken Social Scene with it’s broad varied textured sounds….I’ve been playing them constantly. Some of my favorite stuff at the moment.”
The Hero Cycle began in the Green Mountains of Vermont in 2005, combining the varied talents of drummer John Gorman, synthist Tom Kelly, and guitarists Mike Prall and Frank Smecker (ex-Drowningman and ex-Escapist). Soon after, the band quickly grew, including fellow Burlington residents Hannah Wall (Magogs) on keyboards, Shawn Flanagan (Fire the Cannons and ex-Starlight Conspiracy) on bass, and third guitarist Adam Fuller (The Year’s Best). The Hero Cycle’s unique sound has been shaped by the eclectic mix of energy brought forth by each individual member.
The band will release their first EP, “Lakes and Ponds” through Hidden Shoal Recordings on January the 16th, 2007. The first single from the EP, “You vs Them” will be released exclusively through the HSR Store on the 15th of December, 2006.
Hidden Shoal Recordings is an Australian based independent digital music label releasing some of the best contemporary independent music around. The label is a unique marriage of contemporary distribution, marketing and publicity with traditional indie label values and, most importantly, a wonderful catalogue of releases. The label distributes its releases through Itunes, eMusic, Sony Connect and the HSR Store.
Label Site: http://music.hiddenshoal.com
HSR Store: http://agora.hiddenshoal.com
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