The 88 have been hailed as one of the finest pop/rock/alternative bands in recent memory; a distinction proven all the more relevant by their superb new self-titled collection.
This Los Angeles-based band has cooked up a modern take on classic rock that swirls with chiming guitars, melodic bass, groovy keys, and rocking drums.
Founded in 2002 by high school pals Adam Merrin (piano/keys) and Keith Slettedahl (vocals/guitar), and solidified as a band with the addition of bassist Todd O’Keefe and drummer Anthony Zimmitti, The 88 made their bones on the Southern California indie scene, releasing two well-received albums and earning acclamation as “Best Pop/Rock Band of the Year” from L.A. Weekly.
The 88 grabs the listener at the first note and never lets go, from the organ-fueled “Center Of The Sun” to the shimmering beauty of “As Far As I Can See”. Songs like “Automatic Brain” and “They Ought To See You Now” boast all the vitality and exuberance of a great rock ‘n roll band in full flight, brimming with both confidence and creativity.