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The Pennsylvania based quintet, The Better Letters, started as a synth-pop duo. With the help of a Gemini Beat Box, Joe Palumbo would write catchy micro-pop gems based around the gesticulations and modern dances of friend and keyboard champion, Abraham Something. They later fleshed out the group by adding Ben Brunnemer, Steve Goldberg, and Darryl Specht and soon after completed their debut album, Mixed Feelings (4:3 records). The band acquired Brunnemer after pulling him out of a DJ gig at an underground gay club in the West Village and convinced him he needed to play guitar for them. Brunnemer and Palumbo have been involved in previous collaborations so integration was seamless. Soon after, Goldberg was pushed off a conference call in the lobby of The Tribeca Grand. The guys convinced Goldberg (who was referred by a mutual friend) to cut out that garbage and play drums for the band instead. Fashion enthusiast and recreational Mennonite, Darryl Specht joined the band after being promised things from the band that never came to fruition. Despite being hustled into the band, Specht stuck around because he loved the music, but mostly because he felt bad for the other guys.
To be ultra vague, The Mixed Feelings LP can be described as the progeny of disco and folk music. The seemingly innocuous lyrics caroled & bellowed by, and at times, squeezed out of Joe Palumbo actually discourse on linguistic profundities, hyper-romanticization, evolutionary misdirection, and weather patterns. The band's sound has been likened to popular 20th century artists such as Gary Numan, Talking Heads, and The Cars to name exactly three.
The Better Letters are part of the 4:3 records family ( www.4-3records.com ) where they have released their most current effort, Mixed Feelings (2011) which followed their That's Not All - 7" (2010) release. The band will be releasing an EP in the summer of 2012 which will be available digitally for free from 4:3 records.