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From the article:
Smash Palace’s style spans the decades
When: 8:30 p.m. today; doors open 6 p.m.
Where: Puck, 14 E. Court St., Doylestown, Pa.
Admission: $7, age 21 and older only; (215) 348-9000
They’ve got a little to offer from each of the last seven decades.
A little rock “n roll? Sure.
Power pop? Definitely.
Jingle-jangle of the ’60s? Right on.
Smash Palace has a little touch of everything familiar, yet a sound that’s all its own. Tonight you can catch the band live as it performs songs off its latest (and seventh) album, appropriately titled “7,” at Puck Live in Doylestown, Pa.
The South Jersey band’s bio self-describes its sound as a mix of the Beatles meets Badfinger meets Tom Petty, and, to a large extent, that’s spot on.
Lee Zimmerman of Amplifier Magazine reviews our latest album, ‘7.’ Review is below:
Has it really been seven albums already? Stephen Butler and company seem to be picking up the pace, and if they haven’t quite pierced the collective consciousness, happily, they’re still intent on moving forward. Replicating the cover of the Beatles Revolver album may seem like an audacious attempt to seize the spotlight, but it’s nothing that’s not deserved. While the new disc doesn’t necessarily boast the same degree of evolution as the Fab Four did at this point in their song cycle – notably, opening tracks “Win It All” and “How Can You Say?” each exercise the standard power pop regimen – there are hints that Smash Palace may be inspired by the Beatles’ blueprint after all. The looping melody and wafting harmonies of “Human Kind” and the sneering Lennon-like vocal of “All in Love is Fair” clearly draw their parallels. Nevertheless, this is hardly an attempt to emulate any one outfit in particular. The whimsical set of circumstance that flows through “Secret Life” references the wistful air of Village Green-era Kinks, just as the crunching chords of “Dead End Street” parallel the early Who. So too, the forthright piano ballad “Holding Out for You” and the dreamy, cushy “Bridge of Sighs” suggest their own air of euphoria. Seven albums on, Smash Palace has developed into a reliable commodity, one that reckons to make its mark every step of the way.
Gloucester County Times wrote an article on Smash Palace’s new release. From the article:
Local rock band Smash Palace is about to release its seventh album, appropriately titled “7.”
“It feels great,” said Merchantville resident Stephen Butler, guitarist and lead singer for the band. “We put out our first record in 1985. It’s been a long career.”
To celebrate this milestone, the band is playing an intimate show at the Ritz Theatre Co. on White Horse Pike in Haddon Township on Sunday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Check out the article that Courier Post wrote about Smash Palace. From the Article:
The Ritz Theater in Haddon Township will be filled with rock ‘n’ roll music Sunday when the South Jersey band Smash Palace plays a CD release show to celebrate its new album “7.”
The album dropped earlier this week and a few songs already have crept onto the airwaves of stations in Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York City.
Seven Smash Palace songs were featured in various television shows and movies last year, so the name is expanding. Still, the band hasn’t forgotten its roots.
Steve Butler will be a special guest on KMSU 89.7 FM in Minnesota on Friday, November 20. He’ll be playing tracks from the new CD which is slated for an early 2010 release. He’ll also be talking about recording the CD and upcoming plans for the band next year. Karen Wright, the music director will start things off at 9am, (10am EST) and Smash Palace will be the guest till 3pm EST.