September 7, 2009

The Moderate - The Rest Is Up To You

DC-area rock group The Moderate recently released their first full-length album, The Rest Is Up To You. With influences spanning the likes of guitar pioneers Built To Spill to the rollicking and countrified sounds of southern rock, The Moderate are a young group oozing with talent and brimful of potential. Led by North Carolina singer and lead guitarist Jim Dempsey, the quartet favors strong narrative storytelling, sharp rhythms, and intricate guitar play complimented by the occasional but always welcome blow from Ian Burke's saxophone. Make sure to catch the band live as these songs are meant for the stage, always building into dizzyingly pleasant mixtures of harmony and electricity.

The Moderate - "Ex-lovers, Enemies" (from The Rest Is Up To You)

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