Milwaukee Artist of the Week 6/21/13 – The Living Statues

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This week’s Milwaukee Artist of the Week, The Living Statues, are both a callback to an earlier time and a modern update on that sound, as well. The group is a straight up rock n’ roll trio, comprised of drummer Chris Morales, bassist Alex Thornburg, and frontman Tommy Shears. Their infectious sound is reminiscent of classic pop-rock bands of the 50s and 60s, combined with the energy and emotion of a punk rock band. That combination of styles gives their music a certain youthful edge, making them a refreshingly original component in today’s music landscape. If we had to compare their sound to anyone, it would be some sort of weird ménage a trois involving The Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, and the Grease soundtrack. That’s probably a little bit too accurate. However, if you like any one of those things, you’ll probably like The Living Statues.

Currently, the band is playing shows in support of Strike of a Match, which they released last April. The EP, which is their second release, is a four-song dance party, complete with a slow dance in the EP’s longest song, “Maybe”. They also recently have worked on a new release at Howl Street Recordings in Bay View, which is proving itself to be a breeding ground for great rock albums. Speaking of Bay View, the group is playing tonight at Club Garibaldi with Wisconsin Beef Commission and Greetings From the Imposter. If you can’t wait that long to hear The Living Statues, check out their live video and the “Strike of a Match” EP below.

For more of The Living Statues, check out their Facebook, Twitter, and website.

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