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The adventurous and accessible musicality of modern rock band Tapebenders (formerly Elusive Parallelograms) stems from refreshing respect-diversity ideals. “We come from such varied backgrounds as people and as musicians,” contributing guitarist-vocalist-songwriter Andrew Foys explains. “We just consider ourselves a creative collective striving to make good art.”
After an epiphanic creative period that saw the group releasing three masterful EPs in 11 months (as Elusive Parallelograms), Tapebenders is welcoming in a whole new era artistic growth. To mark this time, the 6 piece has changed its name to Tapebenders and are releasing two landmark releases. First, “Chasing Ghosts” is an anthology album that neatly summarizes the group’s past five years—cherry picked from the band’s two LPs and three EPs.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based 6 piece forges a distinct sound from a variety of sources, ranging from majestic progressive rock, classic and contemporary psychedelic, bluesy riff-rock, textured modern rock, concise pop, indie rock, metal, and shards of shoegaze and post-rock. Since the band embraces such a panoramic stylistic perspective, the group has garnered favorable comparisons to such diverse artists as The Replacements, The Dandy Warhols, The Stone Roses, Built to Spill, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Flaming Lips among others. The group received accolades from such noted tastemakers as Fearless Radio, Performer Magazine, Alternative Press, Slug Magazine, Speakercreatures, The Fire Note, Babysue, Absolutepunk.net, AV Club Milwaukee, Uncut Mag (UK), Rocksposure, and On Milwaukee.