Joe GransingerWednesday,19 December 2012

The Snap:

American Authors – an emerging band from Brooklyn, New York – released ‘Believer’ and ‘Best Day of My Life’ as singles last week on iTunes. Formed in early 2012, the alt/rock/pop group has high hopes as they plan to release their next album soon, which will follow up their current album “Anthropology,” also available on iTunes.

The Download:

I’m honestly not sure why American Authors aren’t more popular than they are. As far as their music goes, any one of the tracks on their Soundcloud or YouTube pages could hold a spot on a top-40 station. And speaking of their songs – since iTunes only has two available other than ‘Anthropology’ – I would recommend the sites above as they each have about five newer singles available, all of which are pretty damn impressive. Even with a kickass acoustic cover of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Lights’ in their inventory, American Authors’ original songs somehow manage to trump it completely with offerings like ‘Believer’, ‘Feels Like Yesterday’, ‘Walking Away’ and ‘Blowing Up’.

‘Believer’ has been the top single so far and I was pretty shocked when I first heard it on the radio. When you get into the drab repetition of hearing popular-band after popular-band like most stations play, a quality song from a near-unknown group tends to stand out. Rocking a poppy-alternative sound that works well with the mainstream audience, they’re not limiting themselves to just the alternative crowd. Pairing solid vocals and catchy music with quality recording has worked well for bands with similar sounds in the past, and I don’t expect that to change here.

I generally try to find sources of music that aren’t on satellite radio, because even though it’s large and popular, they still tend to be about six months behind the game. Lately, though, it seems things may be changing as satellite radio introduced me to ‘Them Swoops’ last month, and ‘American Authors’ this week. Either SiriusXM is stepping up their game (not a bad thing) or I’m falling way behind (bad thing). Regardless, I’m ecstatic that they’re giving new bands more airtime than before, because who knows how long these guys would have remained unknown to me without it.

I’m excited to hear the story that American Authors will write in 2013, and I look forward to seeing where they’ll go from here. Now I just need to go buy a pair of dark blue skinny jeans and roll them up into highwaters so I can fit in with the cool kids of NYC.

Hat Tips:

American Authors, Facebook, Twitter, Image Credit: Flickr

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