WAR TAPES-“The Continental Divide”

War Tapes busted out a solid EP last year, showing their skills at a gloomy version of  dreampop, and now they’ve released their full-length debut.  The Continental Divide is a solid, very Los Angeles effort–it’s got the hip-and-coolness of Southern California, but lacks any Tex-Mex influence whatsoever.  Think Joy Division/New Order.  Very male, too smart to be emo, too mature to appeal to the young girlie set, and too upbeat to be Goth.  Though all those constituents will likely find some things they enjoy about the album.  The nice thing about the record is it doesn’t sit still.  Although much of it has the afore-described deep and dreamy sound, there are other songs that show raw edges and unclean, frayed threads.  This is what prevents the album from being dull, or from being overmuch like so many other bands today who use this same sound.

For fans of: Interpol, Alkaline Trio, The Cure, The Bravery, Longwave.

The Night Unfolds


It’s All I Can Do (The Cars cover)-The Bravery

Save it For Later (english beat)-Harvey Danger

War Tapes’ U.S. Tour Dates:

  • 5/27 CLUB MOSCOW Hollywood, CA
  • 5/28 CONTINENTAL ROOM Fullerton, CA
  • 6/27 CLUB NOKIA Los Angeles, CA
  • 6/29 REGENCY CENTER San Fransisco, CA
  • 6/30 BARBATI’S PAN Portland, OR
  • 7/01 THE SHOWBOX Seattle, WA
  • 7/03 MURRAY THEATRE Salt Lake City, UT
  • 7/05 GOTHIC THEATRE Englewood, CO
  • 7/07 TURNER HALL Milwaukee, WI
  • 7/08 STATION 4 Minneapolis, MN
  • 7/10 HOUSE OF BLUES Chicago, IL
  • 7/11 ST. ANDREWS HALL Detroit, MI
  • 7/12 PEABODY’S Cleveland, OH
  • 7/17 PARADISE Boston, MA
  • 7/18 NOKIA THEATRE New York, NY
  • 7/19 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
  • 7/21 9:30 CLUB Washington, D.C.
  • 7/23 MASQUERADE Atlanta, GA
  • 7/24 THE RITZ Tampa, FL
  • 7/25 CULTURE ROOM Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 7/27 GRANADA THEATRE Dallas, TX
  • 7/28 WHITE RABBIT San Antonio, TX
  • 7/30 MARQUEE THEATRE Tempe, AZ
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