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Belgrave to Kings Circle

Black Before Red

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The title of Austin rock quartet Black Before Red's debut album, Belgrave to Kings Circle, suggests a British connection, and the band's music backs that up. Marc Dickey, Marc Ferrino, Michael Macicak, and Kevin Schneider work up an eclectic pop sound reminiscent of the '60s days of Swinging London, that time when any self-respecting group tried to get different, unusual sounds out of its instruments and the studio equipment for each track. Their music is less suggestive of the Beatles, the progenitors of that approach, however, than it is of the Kinks, perhaps because of the consistent lightness of the arrangements and the timbre of the vocals, which bear some similarity to Kinks leader Ray Davies'. Davies, however, never wrote lyrics as elliptical as these, full of imagery and aphorisms that don't quite add up, no doubt deliberately. Maybe it doesn't matter what Black Before Red is singing about, however, when they're doing it this tunefully.

Biography

Formed: Austin, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Austin, TX quartet Black Before Red blends breezy indie pop with the mellow stylings of the Sea and Cake. The four multi-instrumentalists are Marc Ferrino, Kevin Schneider, Josh Huck and Marc Dickey. I Eat Records issued their debut album in 2007, titled Belgrave to Kings...
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