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Darling New Neighbors

Comparisons fall fast and loose with the Darling New Neighbors, who play upon the soft-hard smash like The Breeders and lo-fi contemporaries, the Vivian Girls. They're eclectic without being diluted, genre-mixing without getting lost.

The Neighbors (DNN) were born in 2004, when Elizabeth, a classically trained violinist with roots in the Dirty South, met bluegrasser with a heart of rock-and-roll, Amy Moreland. Drummer Karl Lundin, who teaches the children with an actual music degree (a.k.a. license to kill the skins), recently became the band's magical third element. Every Day Is Saturday Night debuted nationally in 2006 on I Eat Records to critical acclaim, landing DNN in two best-of-the-year lists at The Austin Chronicle; reviewer Greg Beets proclaimed the album a "sharp-witted folk-punk-disco bouillabaisse." Dave Heaton, from The Big Takeover, declared Every Day a new #1, adding that the album was "like a laidback but constantly surprising sort of party." Brian Baker of Amplifier magazine captured DNN's death-defying genre bending by declaring them "impossible to pigeonhole musically….If you're trolling around Austin for Daniel Johnston, you'll be pleasantly tweaked by Every Day Is Saturday Night."

Rocket, the self-released follow-up, is filled with contributions from the dense orbit of talented players that make Austin a magnet for the creatives. Rocket tapped into local assets like mastering by Billy Stull (Okkervil River, Daniel Johnston), mixing by Jeff Hoskins (Foot Patrol, Cactus Cafe), and pedal-steel playing by Gary Newcomb (Bruce Robison, Li'l Cap'n Travis). The individual appeal of Rocket extends to its hand-crafted packaging, created by the artist Adam Young and printer Jaime Cervantes; the mood reflects DNN's mix of darkness and innocence, like a tale by the Brothers Grimm. Rocket's tracks excel in pop shapeshifting: the riffed, sprawling "Electrolux," the masochistic, Latin-flavored "Tango," the love as flash-burning resource, "Gasoline," the dirty-talk thrash of "Take It" and the psychedelic, girl-group layers of "Stars" are just a few of the album's touchstones. Former drummer, Reid Faist, penned the pop-gem cum addict's-lament, "Sydney."

DNN have played with everyone from The Moaners and Matt & Kim to Yo Majesty. Most recently, they won the bloodsport "Monitor Mix" song competition, curated by Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney fame) for NPR. With national tours– Amber Waves of Fame (2006) and HotWetDeep South I (2004) & II (2005) and Texas Deluxe (2007) – under their belt, the Neighbors are ready to launch Rocket with a national release.