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The Breathe EP

by The April Skies

This EP marks the return of one of the great alternative bands from the late 80s/90s that you should've heard of. The April Skies make classic alternative pop/rock music.
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breathe
4:15 $0.99
2. Sleepyhead
3:19 $0.99
3. Here Comes the Rush
5:47 $0.99
4. Beautiful Girl
3:00 $0.99
5. Independence
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Staying true to who they are and what they do, the April Skies refuse to compromise their sound or style to fit the current trends.

"The Breathe EP" - a 5 song CD of all new material produced by the band and engineer Mike Watert - released December 2003 - marks the first release by the April Skies since the mid 90s. Recorded in their own Maple Avenue Studios, this collection of songs was originally intended to be used as a promotional handout. But once the sessions progressed, the band quickly realized that some special was happening and that the recordings were worthy of more than a freebie handout.

Hailing from Hershey, Pennsylvania and comprised of original founding member Jake Crawford on guitars & vocals, bassist Mark Mazick, drummer Mark Tritico, and Mark Higgins on keyboards & vocals - this release features well crafted songs, solid performances and that original april skies sound.

Before the CD was officially released, copies of the songs "Breathe" and "Here Comes the Rush" quickly circulated locally around the central Pennsylvania area and became instant sing-a-long-songs at the shows. While the band did make an obvious attempt at releasing a more "rock" style release, they clearly refused to abandon their pop roots as displayed with songs like "Beautiful Girl", "Independence" and "Sleepyhead".

The April Skies still make their 80s & 90s English influences very obvious (The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Elvis Costello). But "The Breathe EP" displays a band that uses its influences properly and then moves forward. "The Breathe EP" fits nicely into the catalog of releases by The April Skies. Great songs, great hooks, and an original sound that can be appreciated by all types of music lovers. Buy this release!



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Steven Anderson

Thank you April Skies for making a great ep
This cd captivated me with its mixture of guitars that chime,keyboards that have an orchestral quality, and drums that plummel the beat . Thats just the opener, the title track "Breathe".

Laura T Lynch of

Entrancing !
The April Skies are a quartet from Hershey Pennsylvania committed to crafting modern rock with shades of alternative, English pop and retro. All four members sing and lead vocalist Jake Crawford has an intonation and flair reminiscent of The Cure's Robert Smith. Their lyrics are intriguing, taking full advantage of anthem hooks lines such as "Here Comes The Rush". Their instrumentation is lush utilizing solid rhythms, striking keys and spirited guitars. The Breathe EP is well produced and all five up-tempo tracks have something to offer. Of particular note is 'Here Comes The Rush'. A heady bass line carries the song over a number of bridges as electronic accents add spark to the mix. The chorus is catchy and the keyboards give it an echo effect. Midway through the song the pace slows and the mood moves into another stimulating musical direction. The April Skies are currently working on a full length release and this EP indicates it will be entrancing and energized!

This cd rocks.The songs are catchy and the music had me movin'
This a solid effort indeed by those Hershey boys. It's great to here the guitar and keyboard sounds that I loved in the Eighties done in a new and refreshing way. The drums are powerful and driving,and Crawford brings that Costello touch to the fore;

Big Fan

This band is excellent. Although the apparently never got over the 80's, they have found a way to bring it into the new millennium. I can't get enough of this disk....more....I need more...can't wait for the full length!