New Band of the Day #136: People Like You

people like you

New album Verse out now via Topshelf Records.

Who: Chris Lee-Rodriguez (Guitar, Vocals), Michi Tassey (Keys, Vocals), Sander Bryce (Drums), Matt Hull (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) and Sai Boddupalli (Bass).

What: Jazz/math-rock (American Football, Chinese Football).

Where: Boston, Massachusetts.

Why: People Like You are on Topshelf Records. That should be all the endorsement you need. If that’s not enough, be aware that they bring a lush and horn-heavy jazz inflected sound to a math rock foundation. Deftly balancing immediacy with intricacy, the group’s music is both beautiful and arresting.

Guitars sweep and weave in a gently frenetic manner, while vocals soar softly overhead. Rhythms are off kilter, but serve the song. All the while, an atmosphere of experimental accessibility is promoted. Soothing but challenging. Is that possible?

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