I remember my first-ever experience with Tapes n’ Tapes. I was working in college radio as a student at Wittenberg University in 2005. The radio station decided to put together its annual multi-act show, and Tapes n’ Tapes was to be one of the openers. Having heard some of their stuff, I remember thinking they sounded like a schizophrenic Modest Mouse. After spending an entire day recruiting people to come to the show, about 50 people showed up. I met the guys from T ‘n T afterward, and they were as nice as can be.
Fast forward to 2011, and in a strange way I’m proud at how much Tapes ‘n Tapes have evolved and how great they sound six years later (even though I really dug them then anyhow). Their album Outside, released on January 11, is a really wonderful indie rock record. At some point, I’m going to have to devote some extended time to absorb its toe-tapping rhythms and funky electric guitar riffs. It’s worth it. Check out both “Badaboom” and first single “Freak Out” below.