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Charlie Hickey and Andrew McCarty are no strangers to the juxtaposed duality of odd-era fame and new-now anonymity. They are musicians mentored by a time when artists picked from communal Sound Gardens, sea session Jammed for oyster Pearls, and repeatedly yelled Yea! when high as hell on Lithium. Partners in stage rage since adolescence, Hickey and McCarty – known around New York City’s indie band scene as The Soft Underground – may have captured feel good melancholy with their latest LP “Anemoia”. “Thematically, it’s a happy album,” McCarty reflects, knowing that their material often boasts an impenetrably moody veneer. “We tried to capture that state of euphoria where you can appreciate all facets of life, including the lows.”
Led by the infectiously melodious “Voicoder” which opens over caustic guitar riffs, adds bells and baseline, then reinforces the phrase “I feel my head is clearer than it’s ever been before” in hungover mantra moodiness, Anemoia’s lead off hitter walks us into the project with a stand up double. Whether it’s the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, Webster Hall in the East Village, or the Lower East Side’s Arlene Grocery, alt-rock romantics can certainly expect live show love from this crew of two – and they’ll likely open with “New York City Venue”. You can stream The Soft Underground’s “Anemonia” LP anywhere music is mentioned beginning November’s day one.