The American Scene- “4th and Broadway”

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After unveiling one of the best tracks of the summer last week, The American Scene have just debuted the second single from their upcoming album, Haze (out September 9 via Pure Noise Records). “4th and Broadway” follows in a similarly upbeat indie rock vein as the first single, “Royal Blue,” but it takes the upbeat, dancy vibe a step further. This is infectious, indie rock ear candy at its finest, and it calls to mind the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Tokyo Police Club, and Two Door Cinema Club (And I swear I didn’t realize until I finished typing that sentence that all three of those bands end with the word “club”).

I’m excited to hear “Haze” in its entirety. From what we’ve heard so far, it is shaping up to be an excellent album, and also quite different in sound than its predecessor, Safe For Now. I have a feeling that this stylistic shift will win the band many accolades and a much broader fan base.

You can stream “4th and Broadway” here, via Angelica Nicolle

The American Scene- “Royal Blue”

The American Scene are one of those hard to categorize bands that usually just get lumped into that amorphous genre called “indie rock.” They’re also an extremely underrated band who I hope will get the attention they deserve with the release of their upcoming album, “Haze” (out September 9 via Pure Noise Records). The band showcases an interesting hybrid sound on “Royal Blue,” the album’s first single, that lies somewhere between the slightly hazy, grungy, post-hardcore/emo influenced style typified by bands like Balance and Composure and Seahaven and the jangly, sun drenched indie rock crafted by Tokyo Police Club.

Their ability to create such a well-balanced blend of sounds and to carve out a significant niche for themselves in the indie rock scene might help them experience some crossover success. I think this new single will appeal to fans of more poppy, mainstream indie rock as well as fans of less accessible and less polished bands in the post-hardcore/post-rock/emo genres. I’m really excited for the new album and to see what kinds of success and recognition it earns this especially talented band.

You can stream “Royal Blue” below and pre-order “Haze” here.