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The Black and White Years

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The band was discovered at SXSW in 2007 by Talking Head and Modern Lover, Jerry Harrison. Harrison offered to produce the band's debut LP at his studio in Sausalito, CA and it was released in 2008 on Brando/Rocket Science.

The LP spawned the single “Power to Change" and it received national attention via modern rock and college stations reaching #1 on Albany's WEQX and #5 on Austin's 101X with full time adds on CD101, Indie103 and Portland's KNRK.

"Power to Change" was awarded Song of the Year at the 2009 Austin Chronicle Music Awards. The band received a total of five honors including Best New Band, Best Bassist, Best Producer (Jerry Harrison) and Best Rock Band.

Since then, they have played festivals such as CMJ Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, MIDEM and Wireless Festival in London.

They self-released Patterns, the follow up to their Jerry Harrison produced debut, on November 16, 2010. In 2010 their song "To Modern Science" was used in Tap Tap Revenge 3 and a notable hoax featuring a fake commercial for the next generation of Apple's iPhone; the fake ad accumulated over a million views across the Internet.

In 2011, the band embarked on their first national headlining tour that included stops at the inaugural Neon Desert Festival and Utopia Festival.

The band began writing new material for their third LP in late 2011 and hope for it to be released in Summer 2012

* Scott Butler - vocals, guitars, keys, words
* Landon Thompson - guitars, keys, vocals
* John Aldridge - bass, brass
* Billy Potts - drums

Albums and EPs
* Patterns LP (CD, 2010) Black and White Years, LLC
* Nursery Myths EP (CD, 2009) Black and White Years, LLC
* The Black And White Years LP(CD, 2008) Brando
* Real! In Color! EP(CD-R, 2006) Self-released

* Up! (2010) The Black and White Years, LLC
* To Modern Science (2009) The Black and White Years, LLC
* Power to Change (2008) Brando - #5 on Austin's KROX-FM, #1 on Albany's WEQX

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