April 2, 2008
For their debut, self-titled release on Philadelphia based label High Two, Public Record seamlessly fuses everything from Afro-beat to Scottish Postcard pop without pressure or pretension. Public Record started in 2001 as a recording project between guitarist Gareth Duffield and bassist Brent Bohan, soon expanding into a band to perform their compositions live. Now having a line-up of saxophone, two guitars, bass, two drummers, and often a third percussionist, the band is capable of throwing down quite the entertaining live dance party.
The thirteen instrumental tracks on Public Record bring to fruition the band’s unique composite with great intricacy and cohesion and a pretty plethora of riffs ripe for the sampling. The full-band pieces are augmented on the album by a number of more esoteric compositions. After a long time in the making, Public Record has created a masterful debut album that instantly has established the band as one of the best instrumental bands in the U.S. and has set the table for even more innovation in the near future.
Public Record @ Johnny Brenda’s, April 16th, 2008
w/ Mahogany, Ravens and Vultures
1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125