Roman Ruins is Line and Circles first single. Its a retro style 80s track a la Robert Smith, The Boss, Morrissey, etc. Its all about the shimmering guitar licks, the vocals knee-deep in reverb, the dance-pop beat. The video even features the band in a Brat Pack-esque adventure-to-San-Francisco montage.
Line & Circle was born of the collaboration between Brian J. Cohen & Brian Egan, friends and bandmates who met at college in the Midwest. Cohen was from Akron, Ohio, pre-med and penny-loafered and overtly Anglophilic. Egan was the quiet guy down the hall, the classically trained pianist, born and raised in Dayton, with Guided by Voices playing through his ever-shut door.
Sotwo guys named Brian from the Midwest.
But also, lines and circles are the elements of, well, everything. The shapes that formed the essence of the very first cave paintings. The forms that make up every letter of every alphabet in every language. And now, the ones and zeros that make up binary code. An entire history of communication, stripped back to its essence, leads to these two simple shapes.
Yes, everything. For as long as weve been here.
The two Brians moved to California. Their lives were binary now too, divided into before and after. Before was the place they came fromOhio, with its blue-collar spirit, familiar apple-cheeked faces, and long cold wintersand after was the place they went toLos Angeles, with its jammed freeways and long-haired girls and relentlessly good weather.
They had no choice but to buy sunglasses and write songs.
Their new material was leaner than their previous collaborations, and yet somehow bigger. Less trees, more sky. Their early demos caught the ear of White Iris Lewis Pesacov, who previously produced debut albums for Best Coast and Nikki Lane. They took to the studio, along with a newly formed band, including guitarist Eric Neujahr, bassist Nathan Gammill and drummer Nick Cisik. There, with nods to early 4AD dream pop and chiming I.R.S. Records-era guitar rock, the group pared the songs to their essencetheres that word againsimple melodic phrases and hooky ostinatos that subvert the complications of the lyrics. The result is this first release, a 7 on White Iris Records. Recorded live, Roman Ruins (side A) and Carelessness (side B) are soaring and dark and glittering and nostalgic, like the soundtrack to an epic coming-of-age story.
So, two songs. Two guys named Brian. Two shapes. Ohio and California.
Cave paintings. Line & Circle. Everything, forever.
Debut 7 single Roman Ruins / Carelessness out 7/10/12 on White Iris.