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On the Bright Side

by The Bazillions

Our third release defines the word “bright” on multiple levels, ranging from wacky and hopeful songs describing the life of an elementary school age child to songs that explore the intricacies of grammar. Now dive in, dance along and have some fun!
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. Superhero Rock Band
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2. Family Tree
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3. Use a Contraction
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4. Ed (Been There, Done That)
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5. My Teacher's an Alien
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6. Personification
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7. Water Cycle
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8. Outside
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9. Q and U
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10. Bad Haircut
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11. Favorite Book
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12. Sons and Daughters
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“The Bazillions make some of the catchiest kindie, with an emphasis on the indie, rock on this or that side of the Mississippi.” – Jeff Bogle, Out With The Kids

“Exactly what a children’s music album should be. If you’d rather share with your kids well-written, beautifully recorded songs about prepositions, careers, and imagination than the traditional fare of animals, ABCs, and ‘The Wheels on the Bus,’ then The Bazillions are just the band for you.” – Ken Denmead, a.k.a. “GEEKDAD,” Wired.com

MINNEAPOLIS (May 29, 2015) – With tremendous excitement, the award-winning, Minneapolis-based kindie band The Bazillions looks ahead to the July 17th release of their third album of upbeat, jangly pop tunes infused with brainy lyrics, clear learning goals, and catchy energy, On The Bright Side.

Very much inspired by Schoolhouse Rock, The Bazillions have fun musically while helping kids pick up bits of interesting information along the way. As Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble wrote about the band’s 2012 album, Heads or Tales, “It’s a dozen nifty pop songs that tell stories, even if one or two of those stories are about – gasp! – math.” Now The Bazillions are fired up to share a dozen more all-new tracks, including “Super Hero Rock Band,” “Use A Contraction,” “Family Tree,” and more.

The Bazillions successfully walk the fine line that combines first-rate educational aims with outstanding entertainment and musicianship. Enthused Jeff Bogle of Out With The Kids, “The kindie music world has a fair amount of power alt/rock bands, but the one on the scene that carries forth the sonic crunchiness, killer pop hooks, and vocal clarity of Matthew Sweet is The Bazillions.”

On The Bright Side defines the word “bright” on multiple levels, ranging from wacky and hopeful songs describing the life of an elementary school age child to songs that explore the intricacies of grammar. Moving adroitly from topics like what superheroes do in their spare time to the “best friend” letters Q and U, The Bazillions show influences from The Beatles, Big Star, Fountains of Wayne, and other masters of the world of pop music. Their songs are essentially story-based. Even the “educational” songs succeed in presenting narratives and painting pictures for listeners to visualize as they hum along.

The Bazillions also paint pictures via their ongoing collaboration with the animation firm EG Design, whose amazing body of work (11 animated Bazillions videos so far, scoring more than 2.2 million YouTube hits) has brought a whole new level of engagement to The Bazillions experience.

Says Bazillions founding member Adam Marshall, “Making this album was a fantastic journey for us. We are fortunate to have a strong partnership with the animation team at EG Design, so that when we construct a song we often have a solid visual idea already in our heads. This helps us breathe even more of a life force into our tunes. Every song has a distinct character that we cling to as we perform.”

Setting the pace for On The Bright Side is “Super Hero Rock Band,” a great intro track abounding with positive energy. Bazillions founding member Kristin Marshall’s outstanding vocal arrangements are front and center on “Family Tree,” while the clever “Use A Contraction” is reminiscent of early Beatles in its harmonic movement and quirky vitality. “ed (Been There, Done That),” which teaches the past tense of regular verbs, kicks off with a languid, misty, jazz feel, then strikes a lively pop tempo and a sassy, syncopated beat. Every kid will relate to and smile at “My Teacher’s An Alien,” a number directly influenced by The Kinks’ “David Watts.” Other highlights include “Water Cycle,” which is first rate in composition, performance, creativity, and vocal sound; “Outside,” a joyful song that’s literally a breath of fresh air; the lighthearted “Q and U,” the irrepressible “Bad Haircut,” and a great lesson in creative language, the country-tinged “Personification.” On The Bright Side comes to a thoughtful close with a meaningful social anthem, “Sons and Daughters.”

The Bazillions began in 2010 when Twin Cities parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall were teaching at Kenny Elementary School in Minneapolis. From their very first days in the classroom, the couple found themselves writing songs for and with their students. Before long, the kids knew every word to every song, and parents had started asking for a CD. So, along with the other members of their indie pop band The Humbugs, the Marshalls recorded and released Rock-n-Roll Recess under a new alter-ego band name, The Bazillions.

The Bazillions thought they were making a one-time, “just for fun” CD. “I doubt we will even do any shows,” Adam Marshall told his band mates. To his surprise, five years down the road, The Bazillions are an award-winning, 2.2+ million-hit viral media machine with hundreds of live performances under their belts. In those five years, The Bazillions have created a rich legacy of songs for kids, families, teachers and students, giving children an enthusiastic double helping of learning energy and providing exciting, high-quality content to classrooms and families around the world.

The Bazillions are Adam Marshall (vocals, acoustic guitar), Kristin Marshall (vocals, percussion), Mike Senkovich (lead guitar, vocals), Matt Baccoli (drums), and Joe Letness (bass).

Previous albums by The Bazillions include Heads or Tales (2012, Parents’ Choice Silver Award) and Rock-n-Roll Recess (2010). Their 2014 DVD The Bazillions’ Rockin’ Video Collection was recently honored with an Academics’ Choice Award.

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