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Adolescent girls and writerly boys agree: This Is Ivy League ain’t just a Cobra Starship side project. Duo to play ultra rare all ages record release show at Knitting Factory in support of debut album. Mega smash single “London Bridges” available for download now.

Adolescent girls and writerly boys agree: This Is Ivy League ain’t just a Cobra Starship side project. Duo to play ultra rare all ages record release show at Knitting Factory in support of debut album. Mega smash single “London Bridges” available for download now.

“If you guys don’t play ‘A Summer Chill’ on the 14th, I might cry. Just saying.” – Valerie (via MySpace)

“The Brooklyn-based duo fit neatly between recent cozy-pop faves The Whitest Boy Alive and Peter, Bjorn & John, working the same seam of homely beauty and prematurely autumnal sentimentality.” – Pitchfork

“You guys are amazing in every way possible.” – Elena (via MySpace)

“This band is like the badass guy in high school that gets away with misbehaving all the time because he’s like totally hot.” – Vice

“Knitting Factory?! Ohhhhhboy. Don’t worry. I’ll find a way to get there. Whether it be hitch hiking or jumping into a thing of radioactive waste so that I can get super powers and fly there.” – Brianna (via MySpace)

“In a gritty borough known for it’s ‘artsy’ rock and ‘experimental’ music these two just take it back to where it all began, simplified pop music with infectious harmonies that echo in your head.” – URB

Don’t be surprised when you see screaming girls at the Knitting Factory in NYC on April 14th when This Is Ivy League (Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton) performs an all ages show for its ever-growing throng of young enthusiasts in celebration of the release of its debut self-titled album on Twentyseven Records. For a band compared to classic acts such as Simon & Garfunkel and Belle & Sebastian, it may seem unusual for the duo to have so many tween fans. Certainly many of the band’s young supporters have arrived by way of Suarez and Blackinton’s main vocation as bassist and guitarist for pop sensation Cobra Starship which has amassed some 10,000,000 MySpace plays on the heels of numerous MTV appearances.

Fans of This Is Ivy League can now revel in the perfect-pop that is the duo’s first long player which features the mega smash hit song “London Bridges” . The accompanying video for the tune has already been singled out by Pitchfork which said,”…the clip creates and sustains a soft-focus weirdness, borrowing all the elements you’d expect from a postmillennial Chad & Jeremy — blazers, bicycles, merry-go-rounds, a park in autumn– while adding a few new flourishes– women in animal costumes, gently evocative use of color and pattern. Alex Suarez and Ryan Blackinton croon their crisp harmonies, finishing each other’s sentences and riffs, nearly symmetrical as they perform atop their pedestals for the animal woman.”

Anyone missing out on This Is Ivy League’s performance at the Knitting Factory can catch the band again on April 17th at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn where

the group will perform with another Fanatic favorite, Freddie Stevenson. Spot dates will follow, after which Suarez and Blackinton will reconvene with Cobra Starship for a summer slot on this year’s Warped Tour.

This Is Ivy League Live:

04/14 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory w/The Mood, New Jerk Times

04/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Sound Fix w/Freddie Stevenson

This Is Ivy League Track Listing:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: April 1st, 2008

01. The Richest Kids
02. Love Is Impossible
03. London Bridges (MP3)
04. Viola
05. Celebration
06. An Introduction
07. A Summer Chill
08. Modern World
09. Til The Day
10. Visions of Tokyo
11. Don’t Waste Your Love On Me

More about This Is Ivy League:

In 1997, Ryland Blackinton moved from Wilmington, Massachusetts to Boca Raton, Florida with his parents and two brothers. An avid guitar player and trumpet player in his school band, Blackinton immediately found an acquaintance in Connecticut native, Alex Suarez. Suarez played in a local pop-punk band. Blackinton came to watch them play at an abandoned house where many of their high school’s bands would practice and perform. Alex was a year older than Blackinton, which in those days seemed to be a big deal. Neither of them was particularly good at sports or academics but each was passionate about the guitar. Around this time Suarez got Blackinton a job at the local Jewish delicatessen. The two became close friends while discovering the joys of Jewish cuisine. Not cut out for the restaurant industry, Blackinton soon left the deli citing culinary differences and became involved in the theatre. Suarez continued to the culinary academy.

For seven years Suarez and Blackinton lost touch. Alex had been playing guitar with the Florida-based Kite Flying Society while starting a series of short-lived private catering companies. Ryland was finishing his BFA in Acting and playing guitar sporadically with Parliament/Funkadelic keyboard players Jerome Rodgers and Danny Bedrosian. Seeking success in their respective fields, they both moved north to New York City. Blackinton acted in a handful of classical plays at the Pearl Theatre Company and Suarez was working as a grocery delivery boy in Chelsea. Both struggled with low wages and creative stagnation. One day, the two were reunited on a certain unnamed internet networking service. Coincidentally, they lived just twelve blocks away from one another. After catching up for a few hours they traded music and agreed that they should form a band.

Blackinton had written a few songs which were heavily rooted in bossa nova and folk music. Suarez quickly learned the songs and brought a cohesive poppy edge to them. The culmination of the two styles produced a folky-pop sound that both were pleased with. In late 2006, the band were scouted by Gabe Saporta of Midtown to be in a side-project called Cobra Starship. Saporta wrote the hit song “Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)” for the b-movie wonder Snakes On A Plane. The success of this song lead him to bringing Cobra Starship into realization and asking Suarez and Blackinton to join the band. With a big push from MTV, the band has gone on to headline multiple world tours.

In early 2007, 60’s UK pop group Ivy League contacted Brooklyn’s Ivy League about its reunification. This lead to Ivy League changing its name to This Is Ivy League. Its self-titled debut full-length was released April 1, 2008.



The B-52s first album in 16 years, ‘Funplex’ (Astralwerks), makes a triumphant entry into the Billboard 200 this week at #11. In the past week, the “infectious dance rock” (New York Magazine) album was the #2 best-selling record on and reached #7 on iTunes.

Tune in this Friday, 4.4 as the band performs the title track single and the perennial favorite “Love Shack” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“The gloriously single minded party animals” (Entertainment Weekly) kick off a special 13-date club tour on Wednesday, 4.23 in Boston, MA.

Here’s what top critics are saying:

“Like a sonic shot of vitamin B12, the dance floor beats, fuzzy guitar riffs and happy, shiny lyrics keep the energy going.”
-Newsweek, 3.31.08

“Super-sized dance pop…giving over completely to the pleasures of getting down.”
-Eric Harvey, Pitchfork, 3.27.08

“Frisky, futuristic tunes.”
-Elysa Gardner, USA Today, 3.25.08

“[The B-52s’] freewheeling spirit is more electrified…signature funky sound never gets lost.”
-Derrik Lang, Associated Press, 3.27.08

“Club-ready hooks…the voices blend into the ass-moving momentum.”
– Jessica Letkemann, Billboard, 3.29.08



Touring With Frequent Roadmates The Bravery Through April 25
U.S. Debut Album A Town and Two Cities Hits iTunes/In-Stores on April 29

(New York, NY) New Universal Republic band Your Vegas has loaded up their cart with spring Goodies, including a much touted opening spot on this spring’s hottest road workout, Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Massacre North American Tour, which runs through the end of May on a 22 city jaunt, kicking off in Vancouver Canada on April 29. The blistering boys from Leeds – ‘grand and epic in their song structure.’
blogs online alt-tastemaker Ultragrrrl – have also been named one of April’s ‘Next Big Thing’ artists on the music world’s #1 online destination – iTunes. The digital music leader will be whetting appetites for Your Vegas’ upcoming album, A Town and Two Cities, which officially hits stores on April 29th, highlighting the band’s burgeoning rise as one of ‘the Top Ten Bands to watch for 2008,’ according to Playboy Magazine. AOL Music is also featuring Your Vegas in their “About to Pop” section which showcases artists that AOL feel are going to break big.

The group has also lined up several prestigious Festival gigs, including ALL POINTS WEST in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ. Joining headliners Radiohead, among others, Your Vegas will perform on Saturday, August 9th, day two of the three day fest. Frequent road-buddies of pounding electroclash outfit The Bravery (the two bands just wrapped up an acclaimed trek with Switches), the spirited fivesome is heading back out on a run through mid-April with The Bravery, appearing April 5, in Ventura, CA, and then rolling through a two week-jaunt beginning on April 9 with The Bravery and Fiction Plane, stepping off after their April 25 show in Detroit to hook up with superstars Duran Duran at the end of the month.

The group recently added to their buzz-building breakout rep by racking up a string of showstopping performances at South by Southwest. Buoyed by their 3-track EP, including the first single “In My Head,” and the evocative “The Way the War Was Won,” Your Vegas has wowed critics from almost every corner – ‘balancing theatricality and bombast with an emotionally engaging message,’ – according to Billboard Magazine, with a few critics, including New York’s savvy opinion-makers Time Out Magazine, comparing frontman Coyle Girelli’s presence to none other than U2’s Bono.

A Town and Two Cities, produced by David Bendeth (Paramore), is in stores April 29th and available on iTunes now.

The Futureheads’ finest moment yet is soon to be released! This Is Not The World US release date: May 27th 2008

The Futureheads’ finest moment yet is soon to be released! This Is Not The World US release date: May 27th 2008

Boy, what a comeback. You know the story – smash debut, ‘difficult’ second and now for the third – ‘This Is Not The World’ is bold, brash and as in-yer-face as way back when these boys first embedded into your consciousness in 2004.

After a silently busy year away from the spotlight (after parting with their then record label 679), The Futureheads embraced the punk-rock ethic like never before. Along with their management company Big Life, Barry, Ross, Jaff and Dave hatched plans to release their third album independently and in doing so took control of their own destiny. They returned in late 2007 with a free download of ‘Broke Up The Time’ and some key live shows in London and hometown Sunderland.

Live tours have dominated the opening of 2008 in advance of the first single release ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’ (Nul Records) on March 10. Sitting happily on the A list at Radio One and MTV2, the response to the single has been immense. TV calls for the band have also included Sound, The Culture Show and The Album Chart Show. Exciting times, indeed.

Having won themselves a wealth of fans and supporters over their five years of making music together, The Futureheads have produced some of the most invigorating guitar driven punk-pop this country has had to offer in decades. Debut album ‘The Futureheads’ was released in 2004 and ‘News & Tributes’ followed in 2006.

‘This Is Not The World’, it could be said, is an amalgamation of the two – it has the excitement, urgency and vigour of ‘The Futureheads’ with the added control, sincerity and maturity employed on ‘News & Tributes’. It’s the album they always intended to make.

Recorded over three weeks in Spain last summer, legendary producer Youth (Primal Scream, The Verve) clipped the Mackem lads’ overflowing pot of songs into shape. Out of it came twelve short, sharp, shocks of pure Futurehead joy, not dismissing the killer hooks and choruses that adorn each and every one. A change of scenery clearly served them well.

The album opens with first single ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’. It’s replete with rhythmic guitars, clever harmonies and urgent vocals spiced with their distinctive accents that we all know and love. ‘Walking Backwards’ maintains the pace and offers up one of the catchiest choruses on the album (and there’s some tough competition). ‘Think Tonight’’s driving force and ‘bah-bah-bah’s shakes things up and sounds like the perfect accompaniment to ‘The Barry Hyde Shuffle’.

Highly expected to be their pre-album single, ‘Radio Heart’ opens with clean drums and simple guitar riffs. Spot on minor-key harmonies adorn the chorus and the outro and give this catchy pop song an eerily dark undertone. Title track ‘This Is Not The World’ follows confidently. It’s a heady mix of a dominant bassline and glitchy guitar parts for the verse, leading into riding symbols, rasping snares and four-part harmonies on the chorus. Big.

And so it continues. ‘Sale Of The Century’, ‘Hard To Bear’ and ‘Work Is Never Done’ are all evidence of how this band have grown. The writing skills on show and the complexities amidst each track are testament to The Futureheads’ focus and drive to get this right. While Barry and Ross predominately share writing duties, ‘Work Is Never Done’ is the first on the album to feature lead vocals by Ross.

‘Broke Up The Time’ is classic Futureheads and could have quite happily sat next to ’Carnival Kids’ or ‘The City Is Here For You To Use’ on their debut. More off-beat ‘AH-AH, AH-AH’’S pepper ‘Everything’s Changing Today’ and ‘Sleet’ boasts one the best intros on the record. You can’t fail to jump about to this upbeat turn with its shifting time signatures and happy-go-lucky vibe.

Closing track, ‘See What You Want’ rounds things off perfectly. Like any live show they’ve ever played it’s bold, fun and fast and incidentally, the shortest song on the album – the only one under three minutes – I told you they’d changed.

This time around, The Futureheads are relaxed and confident and they want the world to know it – but most importantly, with this record – it shows.

‘This Is Not The World’
The Beginning Of The Twist
Walking Backwards
Think Tonight
Radio Heart
This Not The World
Sale Of The Century
Hard To Bear
Work Is Never Done
Broke Up The Time
Everything’s Changing Today
See What You Want

The band headline Brixton Academy on March 20 (XFM Big Night Out) and are touring the UK from mid-May. News will be announced shortly on The Futureheads plans for the US, and In the meantime I do have some advance cds, so hollar if you’d like to be among the first to hear this beauty. I can feel it coming, the beginning of the twist…


The Futureheads formed in 2000, in Sunderland. More specifically, in Barry’s garage really. The line-up of the band at that point was Jaff (Bass, Vocals), Barry Hyde (Guitar, Vocals), Ross Millard (Guitar, Vocals), and Peter Brewis, now of cerebral pop-masterpiece-makers Field Music.

After playing a million and one hometown shows, the Futuremen took the show on the road with a massive helping hand from Slampt Records’ Milky Wimpshake. A tour of Squats and Youth Centres in Central Europe came in summer 2001, due to which the band switched out drummers. In place of Peter Brewis ambled a young pretender, Mr David Hyde (Drums, Vocals).

Several singles followed – the first, Nul Book Standard, can now be seen casually hanging out on eBay from time to time. A relationship with the lovely people at Fantastic Plastic briefly followed. ‘The Futureheads’ was released in summer 2004, on 679 Recordings, and then the band hit the road. Some highlights of 2005 include playing Glastonbury Festival on Baz’s birthday, Hounds Of Love going Top Ten, meeting Dennis Hopper on Jimmy Kimmel’s US TV Show, and getting that most infamous of Albatrosses, The Second Album under their belts.

‘News and Tributes’ was released in May 2006. It reached #11 in the album chart, and saw the band touring the world and continuing to win fans and supporters with their exhilarating live shows.

Fast forward to 2008, and The Futureheads are back, bolder and better than ever, exploding back onto the scene with their new album ‘This Is Not The World’. Embracing the punk-rock ethic like never before, Barry, Ross, Jaff and Dave are releasing their third album independently and taking control of their own destiny. It’s going to feel like the first time, all over again…

Annoyed and frustrated too many times by the bureaucratic nightmare that music had become, the band split with former label 679 in late 2006. A silently busy year followed which saw the band writing and recording, and teaming up with their management to launch their own label Nul Records, solely to release music by The Futureheads. Free of major label shackles, the band are taking back control and relishing being their own bosses.

‘This Is Not The World’ was recorded in 3 weeks in the summer with super-producer Youth at his studio ‘Space Mountain’ in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalusia. About as far away atmospherically as you can get from the bleak Scarborough farm in which they recorded ‘News And Tributes’, the band couldn’t help but be influenced by Youth’s enthusiasm, and describe the album as one of ‘defiance, optimism and joy.’

Keen to share the joy with fans, the band released 2 tracks as free downloads and played intimate shows in London and Sunderland at the end of 2007. They begin 2008 with not one but two tours across the UK and kick off the year with storming new single, ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’, released March 10th.