Pictures of Then formed in 2005 and immediately set to work finding a sonic balance between reverence for the past and vision of the future, fashioning a sound that reflected their aptly chosen name. The Minneapolis, MN based quintet's debut album, Crushed By Lights, has been widely acclaimed, earning comparisons to Pink Floyd and Smashing Pumpkins (www.citybeat.com). Their often diverse sound, ranging from sonic rock anthems to Beatles-esque sing-alongs, perhaps finds a common thread through the "unique and appealing vocals" (www.taxi.com) of front-man Casey Call, and the groups tendency to fuse indie rock with retro-style. City Pages' Brian Baker, may have best described the music of Pictures of Then as "spirited and buzzy, swung with Glam/Pop abandon, channeling Psychedelic Folk roots through howling Indie Rock branches..."
The band is currently busy touring in anticipation of their follow-up full length album which is scheduled for release late summer 2008.
"Current" featured on MTV / The Real World XX: Hollywood Ep. 4
~ MTVs Real World ( http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1586651&vid=231288 )
"Hailing from the well-known music town of Minneapolis, PofT, has quite the legacy to follow. The boys pass the test with flying colors with their stellar track, “Instant Rocket to Glory.” The art of songwriting is not easy, yet, these indie-rockin’ retro throwbacks know all the tricks!"
"...Finding a sonic balance between reverence for the past and vision of the future [Crushed By Lights], has been widely acclaimed, earning comparisons to Pink Floyd and Smashing Pumpkins."
~ Brian Baker, CityBeat.com
"...[Pictures of Then] played a spirited and buzzy set...with Glam/Pop abandon, channeling Psychedelic Folk roots through howling Indie Rock branches."
- MPMF Live Review
Crushed By Lights, smells of Built to Spill and Malkmus — perhaps helping to further shape the new “Minneapolis Sound.” It’s upbeat, short and sweet and riddled with deceit.
Current really blew me away - the other songs are good as well but Current is special...I really like the band, a lot of interesting musical parts, very distinctive and appealing vocals.