BALCONYTV DUBLIN 12/03/2009
202s are a band with a healthy appreciation for the past, but a burning, lustful passion for the future. Marrying vintage synth sounds with the pop instrumentation of melodicas, glockenspiels and harmonicas, then filtering the lot through a post-punk haze, 202s have succeeded in weaving a tapestry of unprecedented artistry. This is pop music with the idiosyncrasy of its most eccentric masters - Wayne Coyne and Gruff Rhys would surely be taking notes. 202s’ confidence and well-honed sound is quite remarkable given the band's short lifespace. Formed in April 2007, they operated originally as a studio outfit, working with producer Stephen Shannon, well known for his work on many of the Irish undergrounds’ key releases in recent years. They immediately set about crafting their debut album, an eclectic reflection of the bands' influences taking in synth pop, ambient instrumentals, psych folk flavours and more. At various points the influence of artists including Eno, Phil Spector, Can, Primal Scream & Neil Young can be detected but 202s channel these influences into their own unique sound. With the album in the bag the band hooked up with Parisian indie label Le Son Du Maquis (A Certain Ratio, Woodentops) readying their album for release in Ireland and France for March 2009. German & Japanese releases have also been confirmed for later in 2009.
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