Dragan Jakovljevic - Guitar, BGV's, Percussion
Douglas Hale - Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Richard Carpenter - Keys, BGV's, Guitar, Percussion
Jeff Taylor - Bass, BGV's
Justin Robinson - Drums
Air Review started writing songs in 2008 out of the converted garage of an unassuming suburban house outside of Dallas, Texas. Meeting once a week for nearly a year in a room without air conditioning or heating, the quintet carefully crafted a record that they later self-released in 2009. After a couple years of playing countless shows and receiving glowing reviews, the band still felt like something was missing. The group hibernated for another 12 months and re-invented themselves.
The first offering from their newly defined sound, America's Son, became one of the most requested songs on north Texas' 91.7 KXT who later included it in their "Best Songs of 2011" right next to Adele, Foster the People and Coldplay. America's Son also caught the attention of The Huffington Post and CMJ who claimed it was "a very different sound from other folk-pop groups and considered the band one to watch in 2012".
Air Review's dynamic live shows have landed them support slots for acts such as Flaming Lips, Portugal. The Man, Grimes and School of Seven Bells. Their knack for engaging melodies has turned heads around the world securing licensing with the International Olympic Committee and Levi's.
All of this paved the way for their upcoming masterfully composed full-length album, Low Wishes, to be released by Velvet Blue Music (Huntington Beach, CA) and Spune (DFW, Texas) January 29th, 2013. This self-produced and recorded, pop infused indie record gracefully combines folk influences with synthesizers, beats and noisy guitars. It is soft and subtle at times, yet unmistakably anthemic, complete with magnificent choruses.
Low Wishes is a nostalgic look at growing into adulthood and an affirmation of the belief that there is something more to life. Without hesitation, Air Review is clearly poised to stand out in a big way in 2013, simply by staying the course it has already set.
- - Velvet Blue Music / Spune.
Low Wishes - 01.29.13
Earlier this year, we featured an advance single from the Dallas band Air Review, and the track received a good response. The band’s music is masterfully composed, performed and produced indie folk pop, as clearly demonstrated on the splendid track, “America’s Son.” In fact, it’s one of our favorite Rarely Heard Songs of 2011 (that series will also be coming out soon; browse past posts). We included both tracks the band sent us from their LP, America’s Son, which was officially released on Nov. 1st.
Without hesitation, Air Review are a band to watch in 2012. Having previously opened for bands like Bowling for Soup, Blue October, Boxer Rebellion and One Eskimo, and after making a name for themselves in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, it’s beyond us to explain why they haven’t received a record deal yet. Perhaps they have, and they turned it down, but when we listened to these tracks for the first time, and the whole album afterwards, it simply did not make sense that a label wouldn’t have signed Air Review by now.
Air Review is just another example of what we always say – there are ten times as many fantastically talented and incredibly promising bands, that are DIY and flying under the radar, than there are popular ‘indie’ and alternative rock bands that are drooled over in some mainstream ‘indie’ blogs and music sites. The second single, “Low Wishes” is unmistakably upbeat, uplifting indie pop song, complete with magnificent choruses – the kind of song that you might want to play if you need a quick shot of inspiration. If we were a label, we’d probably sign this band. In 2009, the band released their debut album, Landmarks.