Throwback Suburbia continues to break new ground with their fresh take on ultra-hip, harmony-laden rock n roll. And with the impending January 2012 release of their new album Shot Glass Souvenir, Throwback Suburbia has come forward with what is undoubtedly their finest work to date.
With the opening punch of “Give and Take” and the up-tempo and danceable “Setting Sun,” Throwback Suburbia seizes your attention and refuses to let it go from start to finish. Songs such as “It’s You” and “Down To Love” showcase the pop sensibilities and hooks that fans have come to expect, while rockers like “Neither Here Nor There” and “Sinking Feeling (Ray of Hope)” depict a band that is firing on all cylinders, holding nothing back creatively or sonically.
Founded in 2006 in Portland, Oregon by Jimi Evans (vocal/guitar) and Mike Collins (drums/vocals) from the ashes of a previous band, Throwback Suburbia’s initial lineup was completed relatively quickly with the additions of Eric French (bass/vocals) and Paul Bond (guitar/vocals). Shortly thereafter in 2007, the band released Four Play, a four-song EP produced by Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure) and Tom McKay. Their single “Circles” helped them to become the most played unsigned artist on several FM radio stations across the country, garnering regular rotation on Rodney Bingenheimer's show on KROQ in L.A.
The 2009 follow up to Four Play, the self-titled Throwback Suburbia, was an even bigger success. The band enlisted a who’s who of A-List producers and engineers to work on the album such as Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins), Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick), Marc DeSisto (U2, Sheryl Crow), Chris Manning (Jellyfish) and, once again, Mark Plati. With rave reviews pouring in, the band was starting to hit its stride, but even bigger things were looming on the horizon.
Shortly following the completion of Throwback Suburbia, the band added their long sought-after fifth member, Mark Ricker, on piano and keyboards. The impact to the band’s sound and creative process was both immediate and striking, and is fully evident on Shot Glass Souvenir. Choosing to produce the album themselves, the band was able to capture a sound that is more indicative of their live performances, bringing an energy and aura of controlled recklessness that has enabled them to craft an album that eclipses all of its previous efforts, which, considering the quality of the band’s past work, is no small task.
And along the way, the band has built an impressive resume of accomplishments in just a few short years. While striking up artist endorsements with Eastwood Guitars, Pearl, D'Addario and Evans among others, and sharing the stage with the likes of Pat Benatar, Rooney, The 88, Veruca Salt, Gin Blossoms, Rose Hill Drive, Jason Falkner, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Bleu, Throwback Suburbia has established a very loyal fan base and is playing to packed houses wherever they land.
Their relentless touring schedule has taken them down the west coast of the United States with club dates, interviews and record store appearances in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Lake Tahoe, Chico, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Reno, Las Vegas and Anaheim where the band performed at the 2008 NAMM show and recorded a video segment for the youth lifestyle website Vimby.com. They have also played the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Throwback Suburbia has made numerous television appearances, including features on FuelTV and Portland's PDXposed (NBC), AM Northwest (ABC), Studio 6 (CBS), BetterTV (FOX) and FOX49 Entertainment Zone. PDXposed and syndicated travel show Next Stop have contracted Throwback Suburbia to provide the theme and segment music for their programs. The band was also named the Eastwood Guitars Big Pick winner for 2008, which recognizes their favorite new act.
The ever-increasing fan support for Throwback Suburbia points to the powerful live performances they repeatedly demonstrate. That alone is a remarkable discovery in the modern day musical workings that have produced a surplus of unremarkable bands. Yet each time they play, Mike, Jimi, Paul, Eric and Mark exude the blissful confidence that can only come from doing something you love exceedingly well.
If you should find yourself having trouble locating a pulse in today’s music, Throwback Suburbia is the proof of life in rock n roll.