Sunday, September 6, 2009

THE SUBMARINES @ Sunset Junction 2009

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photo by picksysticks / The Submarines

The Submarines
photo by picksysticks / The Submarines
"The Submarines led by lead singer Blake Hazard and guitarist-husband John Dragonetti weave simple, intricate melodies. Add to that the angelic vocals of Hazard and the Submarines’ sound conjures up images of two butterflies skipping along, side-by-side, in a field of daisies."

The Submarines' first album, Declare a New State, was released in 2006 and their latest, Honeysuckle Weeks, dropped last year, so apparently I was late to this ‘Submarine Party.’ It’s like tagging along with a friend to a party where you hardly know anybody. At first, in a room where everyone knows everybody, you’re feeling uncomfortable, out of place and not knowing what to expect. But it isn’t long that you feel as though you’ve known the Submarines, as though they were long lost friends greeting you with open arms. Of course, I fell into their arms unconditionally. That’s how the Submarines’ music makes you feel. Many, just like me, are quickly discovering this band, introduced to most by their songs being featured in “Grey’s Anatomy,” the indie-film, “ Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” and the iPhone commercial featuring their song, “ You, Me and the Bourgeoisie.”

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The Submarines' John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard / photograph by picksysticks


Submarines perform, "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie.”
vid courtesy of 405 east.



Submarines perform, "Swimmng Pool."
vid shot by 405east


So imagine my surprise when I attended Sunset Junction two weeks ago in Silverlake, Ca. It’s as though a cool refreshing breeze blew out towards the crowd as soon as they starting playing on a scorching-hot, summer day. The Submarines led by lead singer Blake Hazard and guitarist-husband John Dragonetti weave simple, intricate melodies. Add to that the angelic vocals of Hazard and the Submarines’ sound conjures up images of two butterflies skipping along, side-by-side, in a field of daisies. Their songs from their latest album, Honeysuckle Weeks is like an adrenaline shot of happy, complete with indie-pop songs that are a refreshing combo of sugar sweet melodies and pixie-dust arrangements. Sharing lead vocal duties is Dragonetti who compliments Hazard’s delicate, satiny voice with his cool soothing vocals in such songs as Xavia, Maybe and The Wake Up Song.

Currently, we hear the Submarines are already working on a new album and if their first two albums are a sign of what's to come, then I can't wait to see what they come up with.

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The Submarines' Blake Hazard / photo by picksysticks