The New Classic - The New Classic
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Reviewed By: Cat Hill
You know how we always complain that companies put seasonal items way too early? You’re wandering through Wal-Mart in October and you’re passing a Santa instead of a Jack-O-Lantern. Bands seem to do this method backwards. A stellar summer album comes out just as everyone is gearing to head back to school and the mundane real world. And while I definitely agree that The New Classic’s release would make for an iconic summer album, I also think the slight edge to the vocals mixed with the playful instrumentals makes for a really solid extension of that happy-go-lucky, summer feeling into the back-to-reality days.
This 10-track album is so much fun. Once it starts, it doesn’t stop for anything.
The first song that really captured my attention was the third track, “Reset.” I find myself caught up in the comfortable contrast between guitar and drum. It’s comfortable like a hotel bed after being on the road for 12 hours. It may not be what you’re used to, but you welcome it with open arms. I feel like the band took a risk with this song and it paid off.
The fourth song, “I Choose You,” is the next highlight on this album. But I like this song for its reliability. It’s a song that can maintain through all circumstances. It fits a number of situations and I think it’s one of the songs that contains the most connectivity from artist to listener. I love the energy in this song and I want to see this song make it big. It has the definite potential to.
The New Classic derives their name not from Iggy Azaela, but from a revamped & revitalized version of the band’s favorite old school indie rock tunes. Bright guitars and perfectly harmonized vocals are at the core of this quartet, bringing a sunny vibe that could very well be attributed to the members’ west coast origins. You can check out The New Classic’s self-titled album on Soundcloud.
For Fans Of: Hit The Lights, Veara, All Time Low
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Matthew Graham – Vocals/Bass
Alfonzo Montiel – Guitar
Jimmy Borquez – Guitar
Vic Chan - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Tucson, AZ, by way of San Jose, CA; San Diego, CA; and El Paso, TX.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
This band has been with this line up since spring of 2013. The roots of this band could probably be traced back to 2010 when Matt fronted an earlier incarnation of this band under a different name. We’ve all been playing in various bands over the years with our paths only crossing within the past year or so.
How have you grown since you started?
We’ve definitely grown more comfortable playing with each other and have a better idea of the sound we’re looking for now. Our album just came out but we’ve already written about six or seven new songs. Now that we have an album under our belts, we’re starting to get a better idea of ourselves as musicians and how we want to write songs.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We’re just a good ol’ fashion rock band. Big amps, big drums, no backing tracks, no gimmicks; just straight to the point.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
The best part would have to be writing songs that connect to people and being able to see places we never thought we would get to. Also just playing live shows and seeing the reaction of people already knowing some of our songs. Probably one of the best feelings in the world.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Some of our main influences across the board for all of us would have to be Jimmy Eat World and the Foo Fighters. Other influences and bands that we’ve been pretty stoked on would be Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day, The Menzingers, Balance & Composure, Hey Mercedes and Into it. Over it.
NEW MUSIC VIDEO: The New Classic - “Reset”
The New Classic | Reset