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Itchy Hearts / Press

“”Tried to be Punk” is the new measuring stick. Show me your best indie-folk, blues-punk record in 20 years and i will most likely respond with “it’s a great record, but it’s no Tried To Be Punk” . I don’t know what else to say except do yourselves a big favor and listen!”

“When it comes to honest, compelling songwriters, look no further than Andy Cobb.”

“I’ve been obsessed over Itchy Hearts ever since I heard them perform at the Listening Room last year. And now, they’ve just released their new album “Tried to be Punk,” as collection of fun, acoustic rock songs that get your feet moving. It’s also some of the best songwriting I’ve heard from Andy Cobb and company to date.”

“It’s not that Andy Cobb has a penchant for writing songs about dreamers and lovers. It is that he is a truly honest voice that fronts a wildly energetic group. There are lines that exist to either make you ponder a moment or devastate you for a single second.”

“Over the last few years, Itchy Hearts have made a name for themselves not only in the Brooklyn scene, but touring all over the country. Lovably wild at their live shows and brutally honest in their instrumental arrangements on record it’s hard to not have complete confidence in frontman Andy Cobb and his troops.”

“It wasn’t that the band was a precision-tight ensemble of professional speed pickers, or that they were playing a favorite old-time tune of mine. There was something in the personality of their sound, the way their notes jumped and bumped together and expressed a kind of weary curiosity, worn romance. Something that would be almost childish and innocent if it weren’t weathered and enduring like some river-rat jeans on a Sunday afternoon.”

Preston Duncan - RVA Mag

“It’s impossible to listen to the Itchy Hearts and not wish them success–they are too honest, too kind, too much like you. But for now, they feel like a secret you’ve been let it on, like the local band only you know about, a band that’s become a part of your daily life.”

“The Itchy Hearts are a unique opportunity to take part of something tangible, concrete, and full of the glorious chaos of a drunken, laughing, crying, beautiful experience.”

"A little bit of soul, a little bit of folk, and a whole lot of fun. Whether it be at a house, a party, on a street corner, or a venue, you guys the feeling that these guys are always playing from their hearts."

Harvest of Hope Fest 2010