Band of the Day

2013.10.23

Army Navy

Pristine power-pop colliding with melancholy melodies
I don't know if someone else is looking somewhere, searching up into the stars. All I know is no one sees me in this night, I am crushed like the car.
lyrics from Crushed Like The Car

Los Angeles-based indie-pop trio Army Navy released their new six-song EP titled The Crushed EP on 8/20/13. Recorded with longtime producer Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) at Fireproof Recording in Los Angeles, CA, The Crushed EP emerges from frontman Justin Kennedy's personal feelings of uncertainty and uses a recent, almost deadly, car crash as its principal inspiration for the EP's stark artwork. This EP follows the band's 2nd full length album, 2011's very well received The Last Place, and as a teaser to their upcoming 2014 full length.

Off their last two albums, the band has received stellar reviews from the likes of SPIN ("Pure pop for now people", "A feel-bad record you can actually feel good about.", 8/10), Pitchfork (7.8/10), Chicago Tribune (3/4), Rolling Stone ("Bounding jangle-pop guided by Kennedy's plaintive, searching vocals."), the LA Times ("in the grand power-pop traditions of Shoes, Material Issue and the Fountains of Wayne, wallowing here is delivered with buoyancy") and many more. This new batch of material finds the band filling the larges shoes they've created for themselves. Army Navy was born in the bedroom of Justin Kennedy, who in his early days played with Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) in Seattle’s Pinwheel. Having relocated to Los Angeles after Pinwheel broke up, Kennedy began focusing on his new project and started assembling members for Army Navy. Multi-instrumentalist Louie Schultz joined swiftly after hearing Kennedy’s home demos. Without a permanent sticks man at the time of recording the first album, Army Navy’s album boasted drumming by the legendary Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and The Attractions, who had been a longtime fan of the band. Army Navy soon found their permanent drummer Douglas Randall.

The past few years were very exciting for the independent band. Army Navy released their first (Lasus produced) album on their own Fever Zone Label in 2008 and quickly garnered great admiration from fans and in the press. The quartet’s first single “My Thin Sides,” which was paired with a hilarious video featuring Paul Scheer of Human Giant took the blogosphere by storm. The second single “Saints” which Blender Magazine called “a lovely indie-rock swoon” was the prestigious Single Of the Week on iTunes Australia and was released on the UK’s Fierce Panda’s Club Fandango Label. Stateside, it gained radio rotation on tastemaker stations like KEXP and KNRK and satellite radio’s indie-leaning XMU station.

The band found success in the placement world as well. The indie rock date-flick Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist prominently featured two Army Navy songs alongside artists like Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse and The National; one of the songs being an exclusive track for the movies soundtrack. They have also been featured in the Shrek Forever After theatrical trailer, Beastly Film and Soundtrack, The Bachelor ABC TV commercial, and shows like: Weeds, The OC, Numbers, Greek, and many more.

Over the past few years the band have taken their dynamic live show on the road supporting such groups as: The Lemonheads, Arctic Monkeys, The Dodos, The Soft Pack, The Like, and Cut Copy; as well as explosive shows at SXSW and CMJ and the UK’s Truck festivals. The band was even asked to be musical guests on the short-lived Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien!