The Alphabetical Order | I Am Magically Happening!

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I Am Magically Happening!

by The Alphabetical Order

Post-hardcore sneaks up behind power pop with a piece of piano wire.
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Constant State
4:06 $0.99
2. Dress Up/Dress Down
3:08 $0.99
3. Submarines
3:45 $0.99
4. Adderall
5:06 $0.99
5. A Mockery of Taste
6:18 $0.99
6. Foundation
4:15 $0.99
7. Shot From Cannons
4:22 $0.99
8. Living Shells
4:21 $0.99
9. This Too Shall Pass
3:19 $0.99
10. Gestalt
3:59 $0.99
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Since 2004, The Alphabetical Order has been crafting a sound that places a modern indie veneer overtop a mid-90s altrock base, along with touches of DC post-hardcore for ornamentation. The group has received glowing press while playing all around and about the Washington DC area, with excursions north to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. "Krakow Krakow" from the Order's debut album, "The Unimpeachable EP," was named one of the top 25 mp3s of 2006 by, and in 2007, TAO was nominated for "Best Modern Rock Group" by the Washington Area Music Association. "I Am Magically Happening!", the Order's first full-length album, will be released in the fall of 2007.

"Their self-released The Unimpeachable EP merge influences from Tin Machine-era Bowie to Radiohead circa Pablo Honey. The loose guitars on "Krakow Krakow" sound like a young Jonny Greenwood, while references to The Bends' "Nice Dream" appear on "Mere Space."

"Like most bands from the Arlington area, The Alphabetical Order doesn't lend itself to any simple description. Their songs mesh atmospheric, bluesy, and angular guitars, their lyrics range from cryptic to self-loathing to ironic, and they've written songs with titles like "Krakow Krakow" and "A Constant State of Disconnect." Given those descriptions superficially, TAO could either be prejudged incredibly pretentious or very dumb. Fortunately, they are neither of those things."

"Matching riffs-a-plenty with wanking solos, dynamics, and a nice balance between clean and distorted guitars, TAO sticks to a do-it-yourself work ethic that sees them playing multiple shows a month in the DC metropolitan area. Known as much for their sense of humor as for their invocation of Sunny Day Real Estate or the Smashing Pumpkins, TAO obviously enjoys what they do–bantering with audiences, indulging in feedback solos, and even holding the occasional drinking contest with other bands."
OnTap Magazine

"Organization is key to succeeding in the crazy world of the rock and the roll. Which is why we are betting heavily on The Alphabetical Order.... The band produces a sound that can be both haunting ("Mere Space") and fabtastic ("Stepping Stone")."
Washington CityPaper



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