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Back in '86

by Expats

Back In ’86 is a tribute to the music and scene of Richmond, VA from the 80’s via Americana urban folk punk indie pop!
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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1. Back in '86
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2. Baptcha
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3. Abalone City
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Album Notes
Back In ’86 is the Expats first release featuring three songs from the Atlanta based group. The song Back In ’86 is a tribute to the music and scene of Richmond, VA from the 80’s until recently. Baptcha’s Song is a true story about my mother-in-law's life in Poland. Abalone City revels in the surf and grit of an ocean town.

You all can chime in on comparisons – I am not sure myself – maybe we sound like Camper Van Beethoven or the Police with a violin player. We definitely have an 80’s meets Indy sound.

Interestingly, these three songs are the most stylistically diverse and future releases will reflect a slightly heavier sound reminiscent of Hell Mach Four and the Police.


The Expats are

Fred Denny Bass Guitar and Vocals
Seth Gamba Violin and Recording
Erik Herndon Guitar and Vocals
Beau Hunt Drums

Recorded and mixed by Seth Gamba at his home studio throughout 2011

Mastered by Glen Schick in 2012

Cover Art by Erik Paynter

Moodswing Records ms050 (c) 2012


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Scott Cheshire

I was excited to get this because I've been a fan of Erik Herndon's music for years, and I still listen to the Hell Mach Four records on a regular basis. But the jazzy fury of his Hell Mach guitar has no place here. Instead we have melodic guitar, country-esque picking, and accompanying violin. Not what I expected at all. And that is a beautiful thing. What's so lovely about The Expats is their unabashed sincerity. The opening few seconds of Back in '86 actually remind me of some of One Last Wish's record, 1986, as they openly hanker for the old days "back when it all made sense," when they "fell in love with the punk rock sound." Back in '86 is chock full of echoes like this one, nods to eighties and nineties punk and indie rock and everything else I love about that time, and all made by four guys in a garage while the kids are playing in the back yard. As far as I'm concerned that's punk rock as hell.