Add Date: July 21
Artist: Cymbals Eat Guitars
Album: Why There Are Mountains
Genre: Rock, experimental rock, pop
Comments: Drawing comparisons to indie rock behemoths like Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars have made a massive pop record that is sure to go down as one of the best debuts of 2009. (They'll be touring with one of their competitors for that designation, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, this fall.) Infusing those rock structures with elements of shoegaze and classic pop, Why There Are Mountains is simultaneously far-reaching and extremely accessible, much in the way that Doug Martsch can turn a 7-minute guitar jam into a (college) radio-friendly pop song. New bands often get tagged with labels like "promising" or "up-and-coming," but Cymbals Eat Guitars have already arrived. Start with "Wind Phoenix (Proper Name)" or any of the first three tracks.