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The Family Crest / Press

“They take their earnest, anthemic cue from Arcade Fire, but the presence of so many string and wind instruments and the talents of frontman Liam McCormick put them on a unique frequency. When, 3 or so songs into their set, they reveal a horn section in the balcony above the dance floor, they pretty much have everyone eating out of their hands.”

“The music they make is sweeping, wall-of-sound indie rock that alludes to fellow strings-adorned bands like Tindersticks and Arcade Fire, but The Family Crest establish their own Left Coast identity, nodding to '60s San Francisco Baroque pop and timeless folk-rock, as well. This is lush and intricate music, demanding the breadth of a full-length release.”

“While vying to collect more musicians onstage than the Decemberists or Arcade Fire, the Family Crest harbors an affection for Burt Bacharach-style swingin' romanticism that is sure to impress lovers of classic pop. It takes a village, really - hence, the title of the band's debut record, "The Village," the focus of revelry at this CD release show.”

“What happens when a group of seven talented musician friends gather and start jamming together? While one might assume that egos would get involved and that the whole ordeal would end with a member storming out to start a solo career, The Family Crest proves that collaboration – and even inclusion of fans in the creative process – stirs creativity and allows for a fruitful blending of sounds. ..By additionally blurring the lines between talent and audience, The Family Crest are a growing force to be reckoned with.”

“Fans of the Decemberists, the Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and Beirut, listen up! The Family Crest is a combination of the best these bands have to offer: romantic poetry, gorgeous and intricate instrumental and choral arrangements, inspired performance presence and community music-making...if soaring trumpet lines, operatic French vocals, heavy percussion and drinking song refrains sounds enticing, read on.”

“This talented septet plays an intense rootsy pop that borrows the indie rock concept of "loud/quiet/loud" and applies it to an orchestral context, with very convincing results.”