Friday, August 15, 2008

Bicycle - s/t (1999, Capricorn)

Bicycle was founded by pop mastermind Kurt Liebert, who named the project after his mode of transportation for early tours, where he would ride his bike across the country to impromptu shows.  These tours attracted media attention from the likes of CNN, The New York Times, People Magazine, and even sponsorship from bike companies.  They also got the attention of major label Capricorn records, who signed the act to the label and released Bicycle's self titled debut in 1999.

Bicycle received frequent comparisons to Beck, which makes perfect sense as both play quirky sample-laden indie-pop that fuses elements of several genres, from psychedelia to folk to hip-hop.  The album also featured production from another noted quirky pop artist, Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America Despite the band's buzz and major label backing, the album failed to make much of an impact and the band seemingly disappeared.  In recent years, however, Bicycle has reunited and is currently playing shows in the Seattle area, which you can find more about at their Myspace.

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1 comment:

Curty Ray said...

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Curty RAy