One for the Team

One for the Team
Photo Courtesy of Afternoon Records

One for the Team is thrilled to announce the April 14 th release of Build A Garden , the new EP from the Minneapolis based One For The Team.   Build A Garden is the third studio effort from the band.   The 8 song EP is comprised of four re-arranged and re-recorded songs from their recent LP Build It Up , and four new compositions.   It’s available as a limited pressing of 500 hand-made copies, and will also be available for digital download.

Their recent sophomore release Build It Up (2008), took One For The Team to new heights. NPR ‘s Second Stage described it as “jangly power pop, with glimmering unisex harmonies,” going on to note the band’s “unabashed optimism that manages to be contagious without being overly precious or earnest.” As put it, One For The Team “won over our hearts with their sophomore album, Build It Up .”   (Watch One For The Team play acoustic in the Spin Offices ) The band toured extensively, visiting 38 states and playing over 180 dates, sharing time on the road with Dressy Bessy, Frightened Rabbit, The French Kicks, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin among others.

One For The Team began in earnest in 2006 by Ian Anderson as an outlet for the pop-songs that didn’t quite fit the aesthetic of his then band Aneuretical. With the help of bass player John Krueger and drummer Elliot Manthey, they released Good Boys Don’t Make Noise . While it was very well received, the band remained largely a studio project until Anderson finished undergrad.   Following that, One For The Team toured extensively and went through a few lineup changes including the addition of Grace Fiddler, who’s dual vocals with Anderson have come to be essential to the band’s sound. The pair sing in beautiful harmony throughout most of their recent recordings and during live shows.   The lineup eventually settled upon today’s current incarnation, with Anderson, Fiddler, and Manthey forming the core of One For The Team.

Build A Garden is just in time and very aptly titled for the coming of spring.   Fans will have a chance to hear the airy melodies that make up the EP live on the road this spring and summer as One For The Team play shows and continue working on and preparing for the release of their next full-length album.

Their lovely EP Build A Garden was released in the last couple of months, and they just embarked upon a west coast tour before they head to Europe.  It’s a prefect spring release.  Very breezy but with an upbeat backbone.

Tour Dates Below.

May 18 – Omaha, NE -Slowdown
May 19 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
May 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Sho
May 21 – Davis, CA – University of California-Davis
May 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Retox
May 23 – Upland, CA – The Wire
May 24 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
May 25 – Phoenix, AZ – The Phix
May 26 – Albuquerque, NM – The Telos
May 27 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Loft
May 28 – Lincoln, NE – Box Awesome
May 29 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

Listen to the title track, “Build a Garden” below and get the EP Build A Garden on One for the Team!

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