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Actors& Actresses

We Love Our Enemy CD




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"In September of 2005 a band from Kansas City, MO quietly released a debut EP entitled "We Love Our Enemy" that went criminally under the radar. In March 2007, a band named Caspian was in Austin, TX for the annual SXSW festival and handed their record label, The Mylene Sheath a burned CD-R of this album... they had no idea what they were in store for. Upon listening to the first track, "I'll Turn You Blue", the label was certain they wanted to work with the band they were listening to. Upon the completion of the second track, "Sleepyhead", they were simply not not going to let the band work with another label. Eventually this led to the release of Actors&Actresses debut full length "Arrows" in 2009, and now the time has come for the original four song EP that started everything to get the release that it deserves.

For those unfamiliar, Actors&Actresses are a three piece from Kansas City, MO who mix synthetic, pre-recorded and organic sounds to produce alternately chilling backdrops and intense sequences of heavy post rock/shoegaze. While the stage presence of the band is relatively calm, the visual accompaniments filmed and edited by drummer Dave Sumner provide textural kinetics, without actually overpowering the complex rumble the band creates.

Triggered samples and treated drum loops roil in the background, while the overpowering down-tuned bass played by vocalist Scott Bennett bursts at the seams. Moving forward and aft through the stereo field, Andrew Schiller s guitars provide eerie whines alternating with roaring walls of chords. The band can deftly move from a vast downpour to a quite intimate and delicate singularity, often within mere measures. The lean arrangements of the band s material allow for the players to concoct a sound all their own yet deliver full sets of songs, each one sounding very different from the last. As record reviewers often note, it s easy to hear where A&A s influences originate, but they re somehow able to bring it all within their hazy machinery and make it seem new again.

Later this year the band will also release an album of remixes from their "Arrows" full length where many of their Mylene Sheath label-mates reinterpreted the songs. This will be followed by a new brand new full length in 2012. For right now however, this debut EP reissue is a testament to the timeless music the band creates."

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