When you expose chamber pop to the SoCal sun then add just a dash of desert, what you get is the sound of the Wartime Recitals. The six-piece band is releasing a self-titled EP this summer. Opening with the single “Bad Dances”, the record’s atmosphere is soaked with vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Krueger’s heartfelt familiarity and vocalist / violinist Morgan Paros’s searching call-and-response. The six song record ruminates on young love, an encounter with a grizzly bear, and the hazy nostalgia of childhood. Krueger’s and Paros’s searching voices are conducted through this melancholy-tinged landscape by the rhythmic partnership formed around founder Hugo G’s driving piano and Joe Cooper’s jaggedly melodic guitar.
Wartime Recitals formed in 2010 when Krueger responded to Hugo’s call for musicians on craigslist. Adding bassist Michael Giardina, drummer Thomas Bram, and guitarist Joe Cooper, who, along with Hugo, originally hail from Downey, CA, the band self-recorded and released, “Hold Your Velocity” in 2012. Paros, who recorded violin tracks for “Hold Your Velocity,” joins on vocals for the new EP, bringing her wistful voice to bear on Krueger’s boy-next-door vocals. The new EP was recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs in Silverlake and Eagle Rock as well as in a few living rooms in Long Beach. It was mixed by veteran producer and engineer Dave Trumfio (Built to Spill, OK Go, Wilco).
The band will be supporting the release of the EP with shows around the LA area throughout the summer. Be sure to check out their website (http://www.wartimerecitals.com/) or follow them @WartimeRecitals for the latest updates.