The Low Keys were a rock sensation hailing from Abington, Pennsylvania. Their popularity peaked at Abington High School’s 2007 Battle of the Bands, in which they received first prize and were subsequently featured on AMPTV, shown on millions of TV’s all over the Delaware Valley.
As with many great musical acts, their career was much too short. As college came and band members were separated, they moved on to new musical projects.
Isaac Clark and Andrew Hankin have recently formed Youth On Fire, now based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now in their third band together, the duo has moved onto a more electronically-influenced sound. Clark plays neato guitar things and sings while Hankin uses his 8 monkey arms to play both drums and synthesizer at the same time, giving the band a much more full sound than other duos. I guess you would call it electronic pop rock or something. Whatever it is, it will make you want to shake your groove-thang. Give them a listen, you won’t regret it. I promise one of the catchy synth parts or guitar riffs will be stuck in your head later. I’m going to try this fancy embeded player thing so I don’t really know what’s going to happen in the space below:
I told it to have “Hotel Chelsea” on there, because that’s my favorite, but who knows what’s really going to happen. Also check them out on ReverbNation, Facebook, and now even Twitter. Their first demo is entitled “Oh, Hi” and they’re sure to be playing shows in the Ann Arbor area soon, so keep your eyes and ears open for big things.
The bass from The Low Keys, Brett Schupack, has also moved in a more electronic direction, though in a much different way. He is now a well-known DJ almost statewide. Currently hailing from Pittsburgh, DJ brett SCHUPACK has released a legitimate mixtape and DJ’s legitimate places.
DJ brettsliceme has exceptional taste in house music, and it shows in his mixtape entitled “FIRST”. It’s the first one he’s released. I haven’t been a huge fan of house music for too too long, but I know enough about it to tell you that this mixtape is really really awesome. Even if you’re not into house, give it a listen. You’ll probably want to go back for another soon after. More fancy embedding I hope:
If you’re in Pittsburgh, be sure to find him and worship his beats. I know I would. Here’s a P&P+S exclusive tracklisting from the man himself, DJ B.S.:
The Island (Steve Angello Remix) – Pendulum
Dance the Way I Feel (Armand Van Helden Remix) – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Fire In Your New Shoes (Interpartysystem Mix) – Kaskade
Teenage Dream (Kaskade Remix) – Katy Pery
Silvia to Ibiza (Myndset Mashup) Swedish House Mafia vs. Miike Snow
Bumby Ride (Sebastian Ingrosso Remix) – Mohombi
Leave the World Behind – Axwell
Who Wants to Be Alone (Phillip D REmix) – Tiesto
Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) – Adrian Lux
So there you have it. A band splits at the height of their fame, only to spawn two even more promising musical ventures. Don’t be surprised when they’re all famous in a few years and you can tell all your friends that you were a fan way back when. I for one am hoping Youth On Fire and DJ Beep Boop both make it big, only to reunite later and create some crazy club bangers filled with intimate lyrics. As DJ Brizz Brizz says: Listen to it loud. Listen to it often.
Well blog, I did it. A real post. I’d be lying if I said I’ve been too busy to post, as I did pretty much nothing over my winter break. I’m going to chalk up the lack of posts to the fact that I didn’t really get to listen to too much music over the last month or so and lacked writing inspiration. Now that I’m back at school and need to procrastinate from doing actual work, real posts should come with more frequency.
I had planned to do a best of 2010, and maybe I will at some point. Maybe not, who knows. I think I would have posted most of the fantastic things on here anyway, as this blog has been around since last March or something like that. 2011 is sure to bring some awesome things as well. The Strokes will finally release a new record in March, and watch this:
I’ve never seen an album sampler thing like this before an album is released, but I think it’s a great idea. It’s gotten me super excited for Mind Bokeh, a new album from Bibio, also slated for a March release. It seems like March has been a good month for music. More need to do these album sampler videos.