Tapes N Tapes – Walk It Off

Following 2005’s popular The Loon, Minneapolis rock band Tapes ‘n Tapes are back with their second full-length record, Walk It Off out April 8, 2008. The band gained early popularity from music blogs and show no signs of slowing down.

Walk It Off begins with an attack of distorted guitar which then launches into a driving beat produced by Jeremy Hanson and melodic riffs and baritone vocals from Josh Grier on “Le Ruse.” Melodic riffs continue, this time in harmony with the keys, over a steady clicking beat on “Time of Songs” and combine with Grier’s deep vocals to create a sound from a previous era. The song ends in a series of “woo oohs” which are rather hooky.

Track 3, “Hang Them All,” takes the disc in an unsurprisingly dark (hang them all!) turn yeah remains bouncy and chock full of hooks. Erik Appelwick plays a dark and bouncy bass line that commands the listener bop to the beat. “Headshock” opens in a wave of maracas which works itself into a steady and pseudo-syncopated beat. “Headshock” is just a really fucking cool garage rock song with a great beat and hooks that are heavy as all get out.

A sadness creeps into the album with “Say Something Back.” Appelwick’s lively bass line gets you hooked but gloom takes over as Grier sings, “Why can’t you look me in the eyes… / Why won’t you meet me in the morning?” in a mellow and morose tone. “Demon Apple” pulls the tone back up to fun with a funky riff that starts in a moderate tempo but moves into allegro as the song plays out. Driving and dynamic riffs mix with distorted guitars creating a fun mood to wash away the glum from the previous track.

Keeping the fun alive is track 9, “George Michael.” It immediately launches the listener into a dance party frenzy with syncopated beats and dynamic guitar riffs. Matt Kretzman plays heavy, melodic keys on “Anvil,” that together with “Lines,” delves back into a heavy mellow, though the latter picks up with precise beats like marching soldiers before ending in a tizzy of hard and fast pounding percussion. Walk It Off ends with a bang in “The Dirty Dirty.” Its funky beat and repetitive yet not hooky riffs are dark and almost haunting, but not enough to deter from the liveliness of the song.

With their sophomore effort, Tapes ‘n Tapes have produced a well-crafted album that you need to pick up tomorrow. Make sure to catch Tapes ‘n Tapes on tour starting tomorrow with an in-store appearance at Union Square’s Virgin Megastore. Don’t miss the band playing on “Conan” tomorrow night!

North American Tour Dates:
Apr 8 – Virgin Megastore Union Square/New York City, New York
Apr 9 – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”
Apr 10 – First Avenue/Minneapolis, Mn.
Apr 11 – Metro/Chicago, Il.
Apr 12 – The Magic Stick/Detroit, Mi.
Apr 14 – Opera House/Toronto, Ont.
Apr 15 – Cabaret/Montreal, Que.
Apr 16 – Higher Ground/Burlington, Vt.
Apr 17 – Paradise/Boston, Ma.
Apr 18 – Irving Plaza/New York, Ny.
Apr 19 – Williamsburg Music Hall/Brooklyn, Ny.
Apr 22 – First Unitarian Church/Philadelphia, Pa.
Apr 23 – 9:30 Club/Washington DC
Apr 24 – Local 506/Chapel Hill, Nc.
Apr 25 – The Earl/Atlanta, Ga.
Apr 26 – Cafe 11/St. Augustine, Fl.
Apr 28 – The Social/Orlando, Fl.
Apr 29 – Common Grounds/Gainesville, Fl.
Apr 30 – BottleTree/Birmingham, Al.
May 2 – Antone’s/Austin, Tx.
May 3 – Hailey’s/Denton, Tx.
May 6 – Club Congress/Tuscon, Az.
May 7 – The Casbah/San Diego, Ca.
May 8 – Troubador/West Hollywood, Ca.
May 9 – Troubador/West Hollywood, Ca.
May 10 – Fillmore/San Francisco, Ca.
May 12 – Wow Hall/Eugene, Or.
May 13 – Richards on Richards/Vancouver, Bc.
May 14 – The Showbox/Seattle, Wa.
May 16 – In The Venue/Salt Lake City, Ut.
May 17 – Bluebird/Denver, Co.

European Tour Dates:
28 May – Ulu/London
30 May – Barfly/Birmingham
31 May – Stereo/Glasgow
01 Jun – Club Academy/Manchester
03 Jun – Nouveau Casino/Paris
04 Jun – Recyclart/Brussels
05 Jun – Paradiso/Amsterdam
06 Jun – Doornroosje/Nijmegen
07 Jun – Bang Bang Club/Berlin
09 Jun – Logo/Hamburg
10 Jun – Gebaeude 9/Cologne

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