Posted in music | tour dates on April 4, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Samantha Marble

As previously mentioned, Brooklyn's 1-800-BAND are releasing a new EP, Diver Blue, next week (4/8) via Almost Ready Records (pre-order). The band are devotees late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick), and the band's bio -- which is re-written overtop a vintage press release -- declares "Let's Have a Good Time" at the very top. 1-800-Band aren't looking to reinvent the wheel, they're out to have fun playing hook-and-riff-filled pop. A full stream of the EP makes its premiere in this post, and you can listen below.

1-800-BAND also have some previously announced shows coming up, including two in their hometown. The first of those is a record release show on Saturday (4/5) at Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn). They'll have the EP on sale ahead of its release date at that show, and that one's a FREE SHOW with FREE BEER.

They also play night 1 of Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, co-presented by Trouser Press, on May 9 at The Bell House with '70s-era power pop vets Dwight Twilley and Pezband. Night 2 of the fest includes Shoes, Paul Collins and more, and you can still get tickets to either day or a 2-day pass.

All 1-800-BAND dates are listed, with the EP stream and a video, below...


1-800-BAND - Diver Blue EP Stream

1-800-BAND - "Diver Blue" Official Video (dir. David Cavallo)

1-800-BAND -- 2014 Tour Dates
Apr 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Record Grouch
Apr 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Gold Bar
May 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
May 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock Palace
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Emporium
May 7 - Hamtramck, MI @ The Painted Lady
May 8 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
May 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House (Brooklyn Power Pop Festival w/ Dwight Twilley, Pezband)



Comments (21)

I love this band! I'm dying to see a live show! when der'll be there for sure!

Posted by modelos de elite | April 4, 2014 9:26 AM

they look like they've spent the last 25 years throwing shit at the wall, hoping something will stick. chasing trends and genre hopping finally paid off!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 9:36 AM

Of an era with the most ridiculous band names imaginable, this one is the worst. Idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 9:40 AM

This band was probably fabricated in a record label board room in less than an hour.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 9:52 AM

This band needs to play toll-free cause no one has got time for this otherwise

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 10:11 AM

How the hell do the members of this band not bust out laughing when someone asks them what the name of their band is?!??

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 10:46 AM


Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 11:02 AM

Goddammit. Look at these fucking dorks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 11:03 AM

A hard working band! The opposite of trend chasers. "Record label board room"...that's a hot one.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 11:04 AM


Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 11:45 AM

fucking indie rock idiots. THIS BAND ROCKS

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 12:52 PM

Whoah, power pop heaven! Did not expect that. Count me in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 1:38 PM

9:36 is spot on. Soooo fuckin cheesy. Music is terrible, video is lame. They look like the type of band that did market research on how their album will sell and are simply hoping to get sync-licensing money of it from car and Gap commercials, and maybe a really bad show like New Girl

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 2:42 PM

is it really sacher's job to copy/paste whatever shitty pr reps send him?

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 2:45 PM

Really great band live, was pretty blown away by their set a year ago or so. They were really nice too - small venue but friendly. Let's let a good band get their due, now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 4:47 PM

9:26, 12:52, 1:38 and 4:47 = 1-800-band sockpuppets

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 5:44 PM

wow, the hate on here is almost lana del rey level! maybe i should invest..................

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2014 5:05 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2014 10:12 PM

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2014 9:39 AM


ok, let's see, Cheap Trick's Surrender.
They'll never write a song that good in quadrazillion years

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2014 9:26 PM

Can any recommend any other albums similar to this album?

Posted by purnell | May 8, 2014 6:35 AM

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