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Antennas Up is a band that lives where high-tech audio meets organic, honest songwriting. Formed in 2008, with a sound that uses vocoder, synths, computers, and guitar effects and is often compared to iconic pop bands like Phoenix and OK Go, the Kansas City foursome deliver songs with high-energy hooks and soul-bearing twists on the human experience of clumsy moments and broken relationships. Nowhere is that more evident than on their newest album The Awkward Phase.
Composed primarily in a remote cabin in Maine, The Awkward Phase captures the dance-driven, high-energy live shows the band is becoming widely known for and introduces a new set of musical themes and textures previously unheard from the electro pop-rock quartet.
Says lead vocalist Kyle Akers, “Up in Maine we wrote songs in about every way possible--just a guitar and a singer, the full band playing together, individuals writing parts and bouncing them around, and they all worked in their own ways. You can hear examples of each style of writing come out on the record.” From the blues-influenced anthem “Untitled (How Will I Know)” to the orchestral rock swells in “My Brain” to driving beats and space-reaching vocals in “Lose It.”
Antennas Up played official showcases at CMJ Music Marathon 2012 and SXSW 2010. The band has shared the stage with Girl Talk, Ha Ha Tonka, Barcelona, Electric Six, Jack's Mannequin, Matt And Kim, Company Of Thieves, Via Audio, The Constellations, Heypenny, Cash Cash and performed at over 30 Universities. Their music has been featured on CW's "Gossip Girl", MTV's "Underemployed", A&E's "The Glades", in ads for The Buckle, the bestselling (over 5 million downloads) Iphone App "Tap Tap Revenge 3", and in the movies "Falling Overnight" and "Corporate FM."