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Good in Black & White

by The Proles

Smart, angular, indie-rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Good In Black & White
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2. 100 Drinks
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3. Letters
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4. Casino Lights
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5. Little Italy
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6. New For You
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7. Mr. Postman
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8. Stretch It Out
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9. Real Light Show
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10. Carolina
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11. Get Around
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Album Notes
proles n. A proletarian. “If there is hope... it lies in the proles” (George Orwell).

The Proles are:

Justyn Bartels (guitar and vocals), Dan Taylor (drums and vocals), and Jeff Fisher (bass).

To fill in the blanks, if you were looking for the next band to take the world by storm, look no further than Sacramento-based band, The Proles. With their brand new line-up, featuring a dual-vocal assault and infectious harmonies, this band hopes to re-invent themselves and start a scene unto themselves.

The Proles are a Sacramento-based trio that have been causing quite a stir in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area since their inception in 2000. After releasing their debut CD, 'Index,' the band received rave reviews from across the United States for their angular pop and songwriting sensibilities.

'Good In Black & White,' the band's sophomore album, was released on August 16th, 2005 and is available only shows and, of course, CD BABY.

The Proles have opened for numerous national acts including The Killers, Grandaddy, John Doe, Quasi, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Datsuns, Pleasure Forever, Mike Watt, The Mother Hips, Elefant, The Raveonettes, and countless others.

Their debut on The Americans Are Coming Recordings was serviced to CMJ's Top 300 stations and received considerable airplay (even charting on KEXP's coveted Top 60 list!).



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Not bad But...
this is not a bad record... its like someone wants to be john lennon which is great... and I guess its hard to be truly original... I heard a band called king clancy thats original!!! or they on this thing?

Pamela at CD Baby

Folks, the first track on this record is one of the best damn pop songs ever written. As the particularly hooky melody is echoed in trailing little guitar lines, there's a gradual build to the end of the song, which serves like an anthemic refrain that's just as catchy as the verse. That's not to say that the rest of the record is worth tossing away. Quite the contrary. "Good in Black & White" is simply brimming with solid bass and drums as well as guitars that are perfectly distorted, but play poppy progressions and leads. And of course, there are the phenomenally stacked and seemingly effortless harmonies that catapult each song into irresistibility. There's a certain measure of the California ethos that pervades the entire album, as if while the rest of us have been emerging from a winter-long depression (mired in whatever form of cold precipitation is endemic to your area) these guys have been kicking back in the sun wondering why it was taking everybody so long to arrive. Kudos to them and their enviable weather, which is to say kudos to the mindset that made this album. What we have here is a record that's brilliantly written and incredibly accessible. Seriously... almost everybody will like this.

the zeal of the converted

the zeal of the converted
After having stumbled across their first album on CD baby, I bought this one without hesitation. That this album is not multi-platinum reminds us of the profound lack of correlation between sales and quality.

Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11 are immediately hummable. "Get Around" is very Franz Ferdinand, but better than 90% of what that organization can come up with. "New For You" should be among my favorite songs ever, but I find the chorus a let-down after the fantastic verse. "Stretch it Out" is very Beatles-esque (notice e.g. the drums panned hard-left!), but not in a cravenly imitative way. What both of these latter two really showcase is the excellent vocal harmonies (listen to the yummy "la-la-la-la"s on the right side in "New For You") and exacting attention to the arrangement and mixing (I'm not saying the first album was lousy, but this is a whole new level).

I still am always annoyed by growly singers like this (who presumably spend their time fighting other singers for bones?), and the texts occasionally meander into the embarrassingly dumb ("medicine is medical, and medical's not free"? ¿Qué?) when comprehensible (and there's no lyric sheet included; probably for the best). So I'm not ready for 5 stars: I don't think this album has changed my life. But I suspect it will be what I hear in my head in my old age when I think back on 2008.