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We Live In Public / Press

“We Live in Public, “Soaking” from “One Track Mind” Columbia’s best vocal band also happens to be a purveyor of finely crafted folk-rock created at the borderland between the Midwest and Southern delta. The band gently but persistently pleads and pines for a helping hand on this cut marked by lyric guitars, a sweet sense of forward motion and sublime harmonies.”

“On its new record, “One Track Mind,” the band shows an increasing capability to unite Southern rock, California country, boondock blues, shimmering indie tones and the occasional jam-band jazz odyssey without shortchanging any force or factor. The one constant here is an emphasis on gritty yet gilded hooks that burrow into the head and heart. Those looking to pick the sound apart for influences could identify a thousand little touchstones: Tom Petty, Old 97s, Eagles, Neil Young, Gov’t Mule. Ultimately, the members of We Live in Public just know what a great song should sound like. That might seem like an undercooked compliment, but it’s meant as high praise. The band understands the push-and-pull, give-and-take, whisper-and-howl it takes to keep an audience — and itself — interested, its sense of balance, timing and tunefulness impeccable throughout.”

"Their sound is anti-genre. An array of influences ignites a musical accuracy that is reminiscent of ’70s and ’90s rock. Each member channels his unique inspirations that range from the Dave Matthews Band to Robert Johnson to the Beatles. ...Burrow, Day and Olson are the lead singers for the songs they’ve written. The band builds songs off of intimate folk-like four-part harmonies during their 10-hour per week practices."

"Throughout a self-titled quartet of songs, [We Live In Public] inhabits several musical personas without ever sounding disingenuous or disorderly, its seamlessness a testament to talent...Here, the band delivers the sort of passages we’ve grown used to hearing from contemporary bands such as Ha Ha Tonka or forerunners such as the Eagles or even The Doobie Brothers — think “Black Water” updated for the indie-rock set. We Live in Public’s present results suggest a promising future. The band’s instrumental work is first-rate, its songs are compelling and, as evidenced in examples listed above as well as a compelling vocal break on “Paranoid,” its vocal blend reveals a storehouse of substance and soul."