Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Your destination for indie rock

By Michelle Manetti

Next stop: Atlantic/Pacific.

Garrett Klahn, previously of Texas Is the Reason, and John Herguth of House and Parish, have joined forces for their latest musical venture — Atlantic/Pacific.

The rockers borrow the moniker not from the widely known oceans, but from Brooklyn’s busy Downtown subway station — Klahn’s own, to be precise.

Since forming two years ago, the band’s also been branded with the “indie” label by critics — an all-too-common catchall for bands whose genre can’t be figured out. That might do a disservice to the duo’s soothing melodies, fuzzed out guitars, and well-crafted arrangements. But Herguth said he doesn’t mind.

“Some people say it’s psychedelic, folk-type, but ‘indie’ is not a bad way to describe it,” he said. This month sees the release of the band’s debut album, “Meet Your New Love,” a collection of trippy, lushly layered tunes.

To celebrate the release, the band is going on a cross-country tour, but not before kicking it off on Oct. 28 with a record release party at the Bell House in Gowanus.

It may be months of fast food and cramped spaces from then on, but for Klahn and Herguth, it’s merely the price you pay for getting to do what you love.

“When you’re with your friends, touring is an experience unlike any other,” said Klahn.

To bid them farewell, just catch the Coney Island-bound R train at Atlantic/Pacific and take it to Ninth Street.

Atlantic/Pacific at the Bell House [149 Seventh Ave. between Second and Third Avenues in Park Slope, (718) 643-6510], Oct. 28 at 8 pm. Tickets $12. For info, visit


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