There probably aren’t many bands that would want to brag about being on the MySpace Records label, especially after it practically folded in 2010. But if your band beat out 17,000 other bands in a competition to earn a MySpace recording contract, like Portland, OR’s Adventure Galley did in September 2010, you might reconsider. After entering the band’s synth-heavy track “Addict,” from its 2010 EP, The Right Place To Be, in the competition on a whim, a panel of industry professionals and MySpace record execs selected it as a semifinalist for Rock The Space 2 to face off in a bracket-format vote against bands across the country. Not long later, the band was championed MySpace Records’ newest addition.
On New Year’s Day 2012, the band began to buzz again when it released a remastered version of “Addict” along with three other fresh tracks from its upcoming debut LP on the music blog Earmilk. Within a few days the band snagged the online music community’s attention, grabbing two top-10 spots on the Hype Machine‘s top songs list, one of which was again “Addict,” along with the newer “Weekend Lovers.” Since then, Adventure Galley has released a neon paint and black-light-heavy party video for that lead single, which was surprisingly filmed in an ancient church in the band’s hometown.
Though the six-piece band hasn’t set a release date for that upcoming untitled album (which may have something to do with a few of the band members juggling their musical careers while being college students at the University Of Oregon), the first three tracks resonate with ageless electro-pop and synth-rock a la the Killers. Produced by Dave Trumfio (whose production credits with Wilco and the Jesus And Mary Chain jump off the page), the songs take a synth-first approach and feature dance-friendly beats, noisy guitars and smooth, deep vocals melding multiple genres into one big, movement-inducing sound. While the band creates masterful pop melodies, the driving rhythmic textures backing the songs take on an urgency drawing many connections to indie patriarchs Arcade Fire.
So while you’ll have to wait to get the whole package of Adventure Galley’s upcoming release, you can listen to the first three infectious tracks to hold you over until then.