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Cheap, Fun EP - Boxed Wine
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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Self-released
RELEASE DATE: 01.22.2013
FORMATS: Digital

Band Members

Ralph Nicastro: Lead Guitar
Chris Mactire: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Mike Cerisano: Bass, Vocal
Dan Claps: Drums, Vocals
Kyra Willans: Extra Percussion, Vocals

BIOGRAPHY

Ralph and Chris found themselves hating life after school, so they started writing songs like the ones they enjoyed throughout college. After putting a solid lineup of friends together, they quickly started releasing music and referring to themselves in the third person. It took the band a while to come up with a name as meaningful as Boxed Wine, but they believe it says everything it needs to. The group’s influences are quite varied, but one should listen and make relevant comparisons to all other bands in existence (especially ones that love fuzzy bass and disco beats).

Their songs don't all sound the same, so if one isn't your piece of cake then please try out another. They probably won't be offended, and are relatively confident that cake metaphors are still cool...

PRESS QUOTES

"The music is super poppy indie party rock in the school of Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot and the Headlights…chock full of Sirius XMU-ready anthems that will no doubt have these dudes burning up the festival circuit by this time next year." - Modern American Weekly

“…what you really need to know is that these young gentlemen are turning out extremely likable power-pop with terrific melodies and interesting beats – sweet, fizzy, and as intoxicating as a 5-liter box of Franzia’s best swill.” - Jim Testa, Jersey Beat

"Boxed Wine features Strokes-inspired indie rock complete with catchy melodies, slap-happy drums, and poppy guitar riffs." - Lamplighter Magazine

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

It's somehow fitting that a band named Boxed Wine should call a record 'Cheap, Fun', as that's pretty much the purpose for buying boxed wine in the first place (it can't be for the taste, surely?). We're pleased to note that there has been no great stylistic departure since we last featured them in the Summer, so look forward to more full of beans powerpop tunes with a slightly punky edge and a slightly goofy one too. In fact 'Cheap,'Fun' is actually a nice analogy for these songs. They're not elaborate, intricate and tweaked in post-production until everything is precision engineered, no, they're fun and, well I guess kind of cheap. It's some blokes hammering out some catchy pop tunes on guitars, not the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

This is how we want them to be and it's almost certainly how they want to be, because they know just as well as us that there's always room for some lively guitar tunes that are to be listened to and not studied. The equivalent of writing your dissertation on this EP would be this review. Short and to the point, but it does its job. 'Bones' has a riff that almost toys with math-rock but from there it's headlong into pop-punk enthusiasm. There's a little bit of We Are Scientists creeping into the bouncy indie of 'Boomerang', but they save the best until last. They dare to venture a little further towards universal pop on 'Dayglow (Why Can't We Stay)' and you get the impression that this is Boxed Wine letting us know they could turn their hands to other styles if they wanted. It actually sounds a bit like Friendly Fires and Little Comets remixing each other. Cheap, fun and we wouldn't want them any other way.




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