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Record of the Month: Cende’s "#1 Hit Single" - live at Bowery on 12.09

Though in all likelihood failing to live up to the ambition of its title (no trap beats or Katy Perry features here), Cende’s debut album #1 Hit Single stomps with an impressive dazzle. In a spectacle of jangling guitars and it-came-from-the-garage energy, the eight tracks flutter by in less than 25 minutes. It’s so quick you barely let the four power poppers into your heart before they leave you crying “wait!” from the doorstep. It’s an easy album to throw on repeat and play over and overjust don't wear it out before December 9th when Cende opens for Vagabon at The Bowery Ballroom alongside Radiator Hospital. - Cameron Carr

Cende debuts single "Bed," opens for Alex G and Japanese Breakfast at MHoW on 7/6

There's a reason Cende is stirring up so much excitement right now. It's the amalgamation of musicians involving in other breakout NYC bands like LVL UP and Porches. Drummers Greg Rutkin and Cameron Wisch (of the aforementioned groups) are joined by Dave Medina and Bernard Casserly in what's best described as a joyous, young indie rock band with math pop inclinations. The 8 tracks on their debut album "*#1 Hit Single" are a whirlwind of punk-rock, pairing a fast-paced guitars with bright, pure vocals. Cende's current national tour with Alex G and Japanese Breakfast provides plenty of opportunities to see them for yourself. Catch them in Brooklyn on July 6th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. - Allie Miller


Band on the rise: Cende release EP "#1 Hit Single" at Baby's All Right on May 26th

Jangly and infectious indie group Cende unleashes its debut EP "#1 Hit Single" on May 22nd, with a release show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 26th. After changing their name from Downies at the end of 2015, the band has grown from a house venue trio to a quartet receiving press from major outlets such as Pitchfork and NPR. The songs on '#1 Hit Single' -- much like those of the band's 2015 EP -- describe the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of living in a DIY space for over three years. You can stream one of those tracks, titled "Don't Want To", below. Cende will tour the country opening for Alex G this summer; if you can't see them at Baby's All Right, they'll be back on July 7th to play at Bowery Ballroom. - Will Sisskind


Power pop quartet Downies becomes Cende + releases debut, self titled EP

We were pretty impressed with Brooklyn power pop band Downies' first single "Widow" back in May, but then silence fell - we even tried to book them for our CMJ show but no reply was had (by the way, here's an almost absolute truth for you: distorted guitar based bands tend to be horrible at replying to emails, while acoustic musicians tend to be great at it - go figure!). But let's not digress. Downies is now dead, because it has tramsitioned into something else identical to itself in everything but its name, which is now "Cende." They are about to release a debut, self titled EP scheduled for January 2016, but available for full streaming on their bandcamp page. "Is it good?" - you ask. "It's good" we answer. It's fast, distorted grunge-pop, featuring melodies that anybody will have a hard time purging from their system. Five good songs out of five, with the fourth one being not poppy at all, but very Pixies-ish in an extreme and concentrated way. For the record, you'll never get a complaint from us with the word "Pixies" in it; even "they sound too much like The Pixies" should always be interpreted as a huge compliment, as long as it's referred to the band's early years. Listen again to "Widow," and enjoy the speedy catchiness of second track "End," streaming below.



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