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If you’ve ever wanted to cry and dance at the same time, Porches is the band for you. Porches is an indie pop band from New York who uses their 80’s sounding melodic tunes to reel you in. Front-man Aaron Maine introduced himself in 2013 when releasing the bands first album ‘Slow Dance in the Cosmos’. This album has misleadingly straightforward lyrics, fresh guitar and synth, and a voice that makes you happy while listening to it.
This February, Porches released their new album ‘Pool’. The basic aura of ‘Pool’ could be described as eccentric, 80’s pop revival. The record is not only made for introspective nights alone, but it’s something that will get everyone dancing at a party.
One of my favorite songs off ‘Pool’ is titled ‘Be Apart’. ‘Be Apart’ was the second single released off the album and it sets a tone for what the rest of the CD sounds like. The song is about desiring approval, letting go, and losing control. The theme of the song was backed up with the release of a music video.
I was lucky enough to see Porches live twice within the span of a month. The first time I was vacationing in Denver and agreed to go to the show without any knowledge of who they were. Within the first minute of hearing them play I was absolutely captivated by their genius harmonic proficiencies. Three weeks later, while they were on the same tour with Alex G, they were playing the Bottom Lounge in Chicago and I knew I had to relive the experience.
Maine knows how to captivate an audience. He is naturally able to relate to his spectators and builds a bond with them. The band is able to pick up and feed off the energy of the crowd in a way that you don’t see from many artists their age. Annie Rigali, a Radio DePaul host said “I would see Porches live again just to hear his dialogue with us members of the audience.”
Porches gained a lot of their recognition with help from the popular Frankie Cosmos, AKA Greta Kline. Kline was the former bassist of Porches and is dating Aaron Maine. The last and most popular show she played with the band was at Celebrate Brooklyn! This is one of New York City’s longest running free music festivals at Prospect Park. Unfortunately she left the band to put more focus on Frankie Cosmos.
This year Porches signed with Domino Records. Domino explains porches sound as “They ever quite landing in any particular niche, Maine navigates through genres, learning, obsessing, and absorbing. Great victories and great defeats, cosmic or tangible, are the underlying elements that remain constant through his music.”
You can stream their new album ‘Pool’ and their other albums for free on the Bandcamp app.
written by Jordan Plancon- fully copyrighted.