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“These Are Dark Times” official video

Check out the video for “These Are Dark Times” by The Tyler Trudeau Attempt.

Filmed and edited on analog film in New Haven, Conn., by Anthony Giordanella. Tyler Trudeau on lead guitar, John Mordecai on keyboards, Bob Breychak on drums, Alex Larson on bass. Vocal harmonies by Emily McMinn. Twelve-string guitar borrowed from Dean Falcone. Audio engineered and mixed by Greg DiCrosta, with additional engineering by Nick Bellmore and John Mordecai. Audio mastered by Alan Douches.

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FEB008: “These Are Dark Times” by The Tyler Trudeau Attempt


 
February Records and fromage-cinq records announce the co-release of a limited-edition 7” vinyl single, “These Are Dark Times,” from New Haven/Brooklyn powerpop outfit The Tyler Trudeau Attempt.

If the fruits of Tyler Trudeau’s recent unemployment are records such as the ones he’s been turning out, then may he never find work. It hasn’t been long since we last heard from the Brooklyn-via-New Haven songwriter/singer/multi-instrumentalist — the debut album by his pure-pop one-man band, Women’s Basketball, the acclaimed An Octopus, but Like, an Octopus with Massive Wings, and Junk, was one of February Records’ inaugural releases in January of this year. And this spring, his career-spanning compilation CD-R Hey Turdo! unearthed some surprising stuff, out-of-print or previously unreleased tracks that would’ve counted as album highlights for a lesser songwriter.
 
Now Trudeau’s firing another salvo with his main band, the wide-ranging pop group The Tyler Trudeau Attempt. “These Are Dark Times” is the lead single from the Attempt’s upcoming album, Something, Anything Else (label and release date to be determined). The album stands as a handy summary of the band’s garage-rocking pan-pop, which pinches ideas from early punk rock, Brill Building pop, surf rock, jangle-pop, post-punk, the British Invasion and whatever else catches their restless fancy. Trudeau has often claimed, somewhat disingenuously, “I write three-minute pop songs about feeling bad.” Add 10 seconds to that statement, though, and that’s “These Are Dark Times.” The record is backed with backed with “We’ll Win This One Yet.”
 
Originally a solo home recording project commenced during Trudeau’s high school years, The Tyler Trudeau Attempt has been a gigging live band for over half a decade. Today’s incarnation of the band includes current and former members of the bands Apse, The Cavemen Go, Shark and FayRey. They are Tyler Trudeau (vocals, guitars), John Mordecai (keyboards, vocals), Alex Larson (bass) and Bob Breychak (drumkit).

RIYL: Elvis Costello, Richard Hell, Billy Bragg, The Ramones, Modern Lovers, The Knack, The Romantics

From the New Haven Register:

Tyler Trudeau Attempt, a band that makes pop music the way it should be: with garage-like guitars and quality hooks.

From the Hartford Advocate:

I was reminded of all manner of awesome late punk and new wave bands. The Tyler Trudeau Attempt specialize not only in evoking the sounds of that time, but also the stubborn awkwardness, the diffculty of interpretation. … Trudeau’s musical vision may seem to call upon cultural moments too disparate to make sense — but the thing is, his music makes it gel.

The single is also available through these Connecticut independent record stores:
Redscroll Records (24 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, 203-265-7013)
Exile on Main Street (265 E. Main St., Branford, 203-483-6228)
The Telegraph (19 Golden St., New London, 860-701-0506)
Brass City Records (489 Meadow St., Waterbury, 203-574-7805)
Cutler’s Records & Tapes (27 Broadway, New Haven, 203-777-6271)

EDIT: Aug. 17, 2010: “These Are Dark Times” reviewed on Surviving The Golden Age:

Connecticut indie label, February Records, seems to always be releasing great music and being from CT, I try to hold it down for them. Their latest release is a seven inch record by The Tyler Trudeau Attempt. “These Are Dark Times” is the a-side of the single. The track mixes surf rock guitars with strong power pop hooks. The track is pretty irresistible. Check it out.

EDIT: Aug. 27, 2010: “We’ll Win This One Yet” featured on Burning World’s Pod Fodder.

EDIT: Sept. 21, 2010: Review on Sugarsours blog:

So hey! The Tyler Trudeau Attempt have a 7″ out on February Records RIGHT NOW! Sometimes you need a little kick-start in the morning (or morning, evening, and then morning again in my case), and These Are Dark Times is like a powerpop-punt. The surf inspired riffs mixed with a heavy dose of reverb and distortion get “The Are Dark Times”‘ proverbial foot in the door of the reverb-drenched garage scene that’s so hot right now, but make no mistake, this is solid power pop. Flip it over for “We’ll Win This One Yet,” and wind things down as Tyler winds things up, doubling the tempo before just drifting off.

EDIT: October 9, 2010: Review on Milk Milk Lemonade blog:

For those already listening and angling for a specific influence, genre or time period to pinpoint, your finger might not find a proper resting place and the beauty of this sound might be overlooked entirely. Although any ridiculous comparison on our behalf might include classic artists Dick Dale and/or Joe Jackson, please take time for listening to this infectious blend of energetic guitar-driven pop guided, if not tempered, by accenting waves of surf-goodness.

EDIT: December 3, 2010: Feature on The Deli NYC.

April 10: Boy Genius and The Tyler Trudeau Attempt with Matt Gouette @ Rudy’s

Saturday, April 10, Brooklyn’s Boy Genius will return to New Haven to bring their brand of ’80s- and ’90s-inspired pop to Rudy’s. Boy Genius takes inspiration from bands such as R.E.M., Miracle Legion, Let’s Active and The Lemonheads, to name a few. The band’s latest offering, “Staggering,” has been getting rave reviews from pop bloggers around the world.

From A Layer of Chips blog:

Tread carefully ye who tar Boy Genius as the dreaded ‘college rock’, because there’s so much more to them and this wonderfully-crafted album than that. ‘Staggering’ has all the hallmarks of mid-90s American indie, but also draws heavily on bands like Go Betweens and Orange Juice and even early REM at times. I’m not one to call albums ‘classical’, but this is one that draws from just about every cool influence and mixes them up just about right. However, it’s neither a blind copy nor some kind of homage – more an amalgamation of your record collection.

Check out Boy Genius’ new video for “Ramona Saves the Day” —

The Tyler Trudeau Attempt are a New Haven staple with a catchy power-pop sound and lyrics you’ll find yourself singing for days. The band makes musical nods to Elvis Costello, Richard Hell, The Modern Lovers, The Ramones and more.

Matt Gouette is a pop singer-songwriter from New London with a forthcoming release on the Cosmodemonic Telegraph label:

Matt Gouette is a pop virtuoso, trickster musician, and multi-instrumentalist who quite simply crafts some of the finest tracks you are likely to hear. He is comfortable in all genres it seems and his listeners are rewarded with subtle songwriting full of hooks and harmonies that linger. His work suggests equal parts Elliott Smith, Brian Wilson, and Robert Smith.

Check out the video for Matt Gouette’s “Opinion” off the soon-to-be-released “Emeline at the Moon Tower” —

SATURDAY, APRIL 10
Boy Genius, The Tyler Trudeau Attempt and Matt Gouette @ Rudy’s

372 Elm Street, New Haven
$4, 10 p.m. 21+

Lisa Bouvier with The Tyler Trudeau Attempt and The Hallways @ Cafe Nine — Thurs., Sept. 3

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Lisa Bouvier, of the Swedish indie pop band Stars in Coma, will perform with her own backing band Thursday, Sept. 3 at Café Nine, 250 State St., in New Haven, Conn. New Haven power pop outfit The Tyler Trudeau Attempt and Fairfield, Conn.’s The Hallways will also perform.

Lisa Bouvier, hailing from Malmö/Lund/Karlshamn, Sweden, plays infectious pop music that straddles the pop punk line. Covering such topics as love and longing, Bouvier and her band, The Pop Messengers, keep heads bobbing and toes tapping. A busy woman, Bouvier splits her time among multiple other bands, including indie pop blog darlings, Stars in Coma.

New Haven’s The Tyler Trudeau Attempt has been compared to Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, The Ramones and Richard Hell. Really it’s just great power pop. They can be seen on stages all over the state of Connecticut.

The New Haven Advocate said the following about The Tyler Trudeau Attempt’s EP, “In My Despair I Took Up Painting”:

“[In My Despair, I Took Up Painting is] an EP brimming with social satire, gleeful punk music, enough organ for a prog band and Trudeau’s instantly recognizable whine… The TTA looks back to the roots of punk and finds something immensely energetic, often hilarious and always political. On top of that, it’s catchy as hell.”

The Hallways are a three-piece pop band from Fairfield that feature guitar, drums and a stand-up bass. Guitarist Nathan Hall writes and sings Smith’s-inspired pop tunes.

Lisa Bouvier will perform with The Tyler Trudeau Attempt and The Hallways, Thursday, Sept. 3 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, Conn. Doors open at 9 p.m. Music begins at 10 p.m. The show is free and 21+.

May 22: The Tyler Trudeau Attempt with Inclined Plane and Welcome @ Two Boots Bridgeport

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New Haven rock staple The Tyler Trudeau Attempt will perform Friday, May 22 at Two Boots, 281 Fairfield Ave., in Bridgeport, Conn. Joining the band will be Hartford-based indie-rockers The Inclined Plane and New Haven-based electro-pop outfit Welcome.

The Tyler Trudeau Attempt has been compared to Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, The Ramones and Richard Hell. Really it’s just awesome pop music. They can be seen on stages all over the state of Connecticut. They’re fresh from rocking Cafe Nine last week with Death To New England and Chicago popsters Very Truly Yours.

The New Haven Advocate said the following about The Tyler Trudeau Attempt’s EP, In My Despair I Took Up Painting:

[In My Despair, I Took Up Painting is] an EP brimming with social satire, gleeful punk music, enough organ for a prog band and Trudeau’s instantly recognizable whine… The TTA looks back to the roots of punk and finds something immensely energetic, often hilarious and always political. On top of that, it’s catchy as hell.

Hartford popsters, The Inclined Plane, will be fresh from opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — who just might be the hottest band in the world right now — at their April 24 show at Wallingford American Legion. Their lo-fi carousel of catchy hooks and melodic fun is a dizzy joyride spinning on the circle of fifths. Confections of kraut drones and circuit-bent toy instruments sweeten the fuzz! From noisy 60’s psychedelia and harmony rich Brazilian pop, to alt country and experimental folk, a rousing range of ingredients all find their way into The Inclined Plane’s kitchen.

They have self-released three EPs — Gestalt Pump [2006], The Bit Intuit [2007] and Nonpareils [2007] — each in limited runs in handmade packaging (featuring the artwork of John Tieman) on their own Popular Wallpaper Recordings label. A proper full-length, I Am Pants, is due on April 21.

Welcome is a 3-piece electro-pop band from New Haven. The band says their music is a great soundtrack for eating ice cream, dancing or punching someone mean in the neck.

The New Haven advocate said:

Welcome delivers what we’ve come to expect: indie-pop enthusiasm, buzzy synths, boy-girl vocal harmonies, bursts of processed bass, songs that spill out as a string of melodic passages rather than a tried verse-chorus-verse pattern, schoolyard chants, reflections on awkward childhoods and unlikely adulthoods.

For more information on the Tyler Trudeau Attempt:
http://www.myspace.com/thetylertrudeauattempt
http://www.tylertrudeau.com

For more information on The Inclined Plane:
http://www.myspace.com/theinclinedplane
http://theinclinedplane.blogspot.com

For more information on Welcome:
http://www.myspace.com/welcomect
http://www.welcomemusic.net

The Tyler Trudeau Attempt will perform with The Inclined Plane and Welcome Friday, May 22 at Two Boots, 281 Fairfield Ave., in Bridgeport, Conn. Music begins at 10 p.m. The cost is $5 and the show is all ages. For more information please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=65934456679
http://www.twobootsbridgeport.com/

May 13: Very Truly Yours with Death To New England (ex-Battlecats) and The Tyler Trudeau Attempt @ Cafe Nine

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Chicago indiepop band Very Truly Yours will perform Wednesday, May 13 at Café Nine, 250 State St., in New Haven, Conn. Opening for the band will be Connecticut-based pop band Death To New England and New Haven staple The Tyler Trudeau Attempt.

Very Truly Yours describe themselves as “end-of-summer-going-into-winter pop.” They site such bands as Yo La Tengo, Heavenly, Camera Obscura and The Aislers Set as influences.

The band’s hometown newspaper, The Chicago Sun-Times said the following:

Cute in that “Danger! Kimya Dawson/’Juno’ soundtrack” way, guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Kristine Capua, guitarist Lisle Mitnik, bassist Dan Hyatt and drummer Andy Rogers redeem themselves from falling on the wrong side of twee via the undeniable appeal of the gentle, romantic and lilting melodies of songs such as “Every Little Word” and “Homesick.”

Connecticut pop outfit Death To New England is the latest incarnation of New Haven indiepop darlings, The Battlecats. The band also includes a member of another Connecticut favorite, Joanie Loves Tchotchkes. Remember all the buzz about the Battlecats and how they’d pack out Cafe Nine? Well Death To New England deserves all the same buzz.

The New Haven Advocate said about The Battlecats in a Dec. 2006 article:

They have tunes which are difficult to avoid singing along to, coordinated suits, and multiple songs about simply being called The Battlecats. …

The Tyler Trudeau Attempt has been compared to Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, The Ramones and Richard Hell. Really it’s just awesome pop music. They can be seen on stages all over the state of Connecticut.

The New Haven Advocate said the following about The Tyler Trudeau Attempt’s EP, In My Despair I Took Up Painting:

[In My Despair, I Took Up Painting is] an EP brimming with social satire, gleeful punk music, enough organ for a prog band and Trudeau’s instantly recognizable whine… The TTA looks back to the roots of punk and finds something immensely energetic, often hilarious and always political. On top of that, it’s catchy as hell.

For more information on Very Truly Yours:
http://www.myspace.com/verytrulymusic
last.fm/music/Very+Truly+Yours

For more information on Death To New England:
http://www.myspace.com/deathtonewengland
http://www.myspace.com/thebattlecats

For more information on the Tyler Trudeau Attempt:
http://www.myspace.com/thetylertrudeauattempt
http://www.tylertrudeau.com

Very Truly Yours will perform with Death To New England and The Tyler Trudeau Attempt, Wednesday, May 13 at Café Nine, 250 State St., in New Haven, Conn. The show is FREE and 21+. Doors open at 9 p.m. Music begins at 10 p.m.