Monday, September 15, 2008

The Pulsars - s/t (Almo Sounds, 1997)

Dave Trumfio is easily best known as producer/mixer/engineer for the likes of Wilco, OK GO, Earlimart, Mates of State, and countless others - very few are familiar with the band he led in the mid 90s with his brother Harry: The Pulsars. The Chicago-native Trumfio brothers, along with a sequencer named Theodore 9000 crafted retro 80s synth pop inflected indie rock - vintage synths, slick new wave production and all (years before this would become considered cool... again). The band was signed to the Geffen Records distributed label, Almo Sounds, who released their 1997 self titled debut.

Despite touring with Weezer and appearing on MTV's Oddville and 120 Minutes, mainstream success just wasn't in the cards for The Pulsars. When Almo Sounds shelved the band's second record, the Trumfio bros. decided to pack it in, with Dave moving on to his very successful production career. You can hear some tracks from the unreleased second album as well as b-sides at The Pulsars' MySpace. As of 2007, The Pulsars have reunited for a few shows in the LA area, and are reportedly working on a new album.

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