Friday, April 27, 2007

Catch Acute's CD release party May 3 in LA

Buzz band ACUTE will release their debut album ARMS AROUND A STRANGER via Help Records on May 1 and have announced a CD release party for Thursday, May 3 in Los Angeles at the Silverlake Lounge. The Los Angeles-based group--who merge gorgeous pop melodies with finely etched landscapes of sound--will follow this with a string of East coast shows before joining Jesse Malin on a cross-country North American tour (see current dates below with more to be announced soon).
ARMS AROUND A STRANGER is already garnering early critical praise on the heels of their 2006 EP Selections, which the Washington Post said “...maintains an impressive flair for songcraft…" (12/1/06). Recent critical quotes for ARMS AROUND A STRANGER include:

“Armed with fuzzy guitars and sharp as Ginsu-songcraft, these veterans of underrated never-weres Poulain and Ozma are the latest gold medalists in Los Angeles’ continuing power pop Olympics.”
--Jennifer Edmondson, SPIN, May 2007

“Produced by Dave Trumfio, who worked wonders for My Morning Jacket and Wilco, this debut full-length is a solid step forward. Building on the eclectic songwriting Acute displayed on its 2006 EP, the act continues to craft catchy pop hooks that hit home like a late-afternoon caffeine buzz.”
--Brandon Daviet, WESTWORD (Denver), April 5, 2007

“…Acute goes about penning memorable alt-pop the good old fashioned way -- that lasts the full duration of an entire album. With the majority of up-and-coming rock bands seeming concerned primarily with getting their look just right for photo shoots rather than penning an album's worth of memorable songs, ‘Arms Around A Stranger' shows that Acute is one of the few exceptions.”

“…a blend of catchy pop hooks, ingenious songwriting, and indie rock’s inventiveness makes Acute a band you’ll want to hear more from.”
–J-Sin, SMOTHER.NET, April 4, 2007

For ARMS AROUND A STRANGER, ACUTE returned to the studio with producer Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket), who also worked on Selections. Recorded over a three-month period in 2006, ARMS AROUND A STRANGER was a collaborative effort with Trumfio that helped ACUTE fully realize their potential. The new album expands on the EP by utilizing pedal steel guitars, piano, strings and a horn section. Highlights include the album’s infectious first single “Follow You Home” and “The City,” both of which will be featured on Paste magazine’s June CD compilation.
ACUTE is vocalist/guitarist ISAAC LEKACH (formerly of Poulain) and drummer PATRICK EDWARDS (ex-Ozma), who are joined by keyboardist/backing vocalist Jason “The Professor” Borger (a multi-instrumentalist who plays strings on the upcoming Earlimart album) and bassist Matt Herman. Formed less than three years ago, ACUTE is already making a name for themselves on the concert trail after touring with like-minded artists such as Copeland, The Appleseed Cast and Owen. Expect more U.S. dates to be announced soon.

Catch ACUTE on the road:
CD Release party Thu 5/3 Los Angeles, CA Silverlake Lounge “The Fold” With Owen
Wed 5/9 Saint Augustine, FL Café Eleven
Thu 5/10 Orlando, FL The Social
Fri 5/11 Tampa, FL Orpheum Isaac solo show
Sat 5/12 West Palm Beach, FL Respectable Street U.S. tour with Jesse Malin
Thu 6/7 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
Sat 6/9 Detroit, MI Shelter
Sun 6/10 Chicago, IL Double Door
Tue 6/12 St. Louis, MO Duck Room
Wed 6/13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Fri 6/15 Denver, CO Bluebird
Sat 6/16 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Mon 6/18 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
Wed 6/20 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
Sat 6/23 Phoenix, AZ The Sets
Wed 6/27 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room/House of Blues
Thu 6/28 Austin, TX Stubbs
Fri 6/29 Houston, TX Meridian Red Room
Sat 6/30 New Orleans, LA Parish- House of Blues
Mon 7/2 Orlando, FL The Social

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