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You Kids! - The D.A.
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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Self-Release
RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2012
FORMATS: CD / Digital

Band Members

Tyler Dudley: Vocals, bass, and guitar
Michael Frisbeey: Trumpet, keyboards, and vocals
Cesar Muniz: Keyboards and vocals
Stephen Escarzaga: Guitar, bass and vocals
Evan Tremper: Drums

BIOGRAPHY

Born in the remote city of El Paso, Texas, The D.A. is a secret too good to be kept. The buzz surrounding this singular dance-rock quintet has been spreading since its formation in 2007. Over two releases, five tours and countless festival appearances and high-profile opening spots, this earworm juggernaut has been barreling forward, winning converts to a sound that tweaks the indie-rock formula with a flourish of synthesizer and trumpet. The music of The D.A. encompasses many contradictions: they’re electronic and organic, brainy and bawdy, smooth and knotty, instantly accessible and sonically complex. To the ankle-swivelers on the dance floor who stop to notice, this is fun that’s been fretted over. It’s a mindful sort of mania, fusing the rhythmic explosiveness of The Rapture, the quirky joie de vivre of The Talking Heads, the lyrical wryness of Modest Mouse and an instrumental blend like no other. The band, currently working on a hotly anticipated EP, will bring the noise to New York at CMJ Music Festival in October.

The D.A.’s ascent truly picked up in 2011, with two tours of the western U.S., sets during SXSW and a self-released debut album, “You Kids!” The 10-song release, produced by Justin Leeah (sound engineer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “It’s Bliz!”), more fully captured their beloved live sound than their 2009 EP, Thank God for Aluminum. Album split single “Pastels/Big Woman” is a sort of yin and yang of mood. The first side exudes wistful charm via Tyler Dudley’s idiosyncratic lyrics and bouncy bassline, Stephen Escarzaga’s hooky rhythm guitar and Mike Frisbey’s emotive trumpet. (The video received 3,600 views on YouTube without any marketing effort – just fans, blogs and old-fashioned word of mouth.) “Big Woman,” meanwhile, is a banger kicked off by Cesar Muñiz’s sinister keyboard melody and driven by Evan Tremper’s hard-charging drums. The album was well received by fans and kicked off the momentum of 2012, which saw a West Coast tour with fellow El Paso darlings Bulletproof Tiger.

Also, shows — lots of them. In the past two years The D.A. has shared stages with the likes of Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, Yelle, Foster the People, Crystal Castles, Holy Fuck, Miniature Tigers, Prefuse 73 and Nite Jewel. Le Tigre’s JD Samson took to Twitter when she saw them open for her newest project, MEN. “If I was a manager or label, I would snatch these little twinks up and make them rich twinks,” she wrote to her 14,000+ followers in April 2011. The band cut through the din of SXSW 2012 with five shows, including one at the Trophy Room in the heart of Sixth Street. The house was so packed at the El Paso-flavored showcase that passersby, seduced by the sounds, resorted to peeking through windows to catch The D.A.’s triumphant set. In another festival coup, the band has graced Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso not once but twice. The annual destination for indie and underground music is in its nascent stages, but already it draws huge crowds (11,000 in 2011, and 15,000 in 2012) and big names like Moby, MSTRKRFT, CSS, Beach Fossils, YACHT and Classixx. The D.A. was rubbing elbows and sharing stages with the best of them. Don’t be surprised if you see their name at the top of the bill someday.

PRESS

"Now, through richly-deserved ability, careful pacing and ultimate vision the band has delivered a thrilling triumph with You Kids! An album that is first and foremost, a singular listen that breathes and lives with you, the ten songs on this debut make up some exceptional moments." - Fusion Magazine

"Self-recriminations, good tidings to friends, embattled hopes for the future - they're all sung and barked open-heartedly amidst a beautifully arranged clamor of instruments... The songs are catchy, the beats are dancey, the writing boasts so much clockwork-like interplay between instruments that it would make an Asperger Syndrome-afflicted music critic cream...The D.A., with this studious debut, has set a high bar - for themselves and others." - What's Up Magazine

"The band blends synthpop and indie rock sensibilities to form dance friendly beats sure to please those who love Holy F*ck, !!! and MSTRKRFT." - Baeble Music

"[The D.A. is] amassing a loyal following as its eclectic, danceable hybrid of rock and electronic sound has evolved." - El Paso Times

Reviews

December 21, 2011 10:19 am by Ryan B. Martinez for What's Up Magazine

The best compliment I can give The D.A.'s first full-length is that it sounds like them. The popular dance-rock quintet, with the guiding ear of El Paso producer Justin Leeah, has faithfully grafted 10 of its most beloved fan favorites to record. Now fossilized, these 10 insects-in-amber can be put up to the light. What do we find?

Pathos, for one. Singer Tyler Dudley's lyrics - clearer here than on any bar P.A. system - show surprising amounts of heart-on-sleeve feeling. Self-recriminations, good tidings to friends, embattled hopes for the future - they're all sung and barked open-heartedly amidst a beautifully arranged clamor of instruments. Did I ever used to think, while bopping my head to the sped-up chorus of "We Hungry," that the song was a wary appraisal of excess? No, but both the song and album are richer for the realization.

The crystal-clear vocals benefit from the mix, which gives everyone their due. Mike Frisbey's trumpet sometimes serves as the hook, and sometimes as the mood setter; same with Cesar Muñiz's synths and keys, which conspire with the trumpet to make "Big Woman" the busty threat she is. The drums and guitars pump out the jams, engine-like, never showy. This all-hands approach works: The songs are catchy, the beats are dancey, the writing boasts so much clockwork-like interplay between instruments that it would make an Asperger Syndrome-afflicted music critic cream. Good thing there's no one like that around. The D.A., with this studious debut, has set a high bar - for themselves and others.

September 30, 2011 | POSTED BY Stefanie Wray for baeblemusic.com

Don't let the impending cold of October get you down, friend. El Paso's The D.A. just released their catchy new single "Big Woman" b/w "Pastels" to bring the party to your precinct. The single comes in anticipation of their full-length debut album, You Kids! , set to drop this fall. The band blends synthpop and indie rock sensibilities to form dance friendly beats sure to please those who love Holy F*ck, !!! and MSTRKRFT. Check 'em out, guaranteed to spice up your Friday afternoon.

 




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