We Prefer Not To… EP
Mikey Lamantia Jr. and Alexander Laorenza are collectively known as the electro dance-pop duo MakeUpBreakUp. Their debut EP, We Prefer Not To..., will be released this Tuesday, August 19th via California’s S.A.F. Records (also home to New Zealand post-punks Die!Die!Die! and Florida’s 8-bit wiz kids Yip-Yip). To commemorate the release, S.A.F. has made MakeUpBreakUp’s two new dance-party ready singles, “Blame Game” (MP3) and “She’s Always X Rated,” (MP3) available for download. Fans of Fischerspooner, CSS, The Faint, and Hot Hot Heat, listen up.
While Lamantia handles all vocals, guitars, synths, drums, and production, Laorenza holds down bass, guitars, and additional synths. Together, they craft upbeat and melodious dance-pop that would have made New Order of 1983 proud. The origins of the group can be traced back to the winter of 2006. While Laorenza was living in Los Angeles making cash writing for a Hip Hop website, playing with a myriad of musicians and in desperate need of rehab, Lamantia was back in Providence after having left the New York based band Rockethouse (Kanine Records, Fabtone Records). At that time, Lamantia was busy writing and recording the tracks that would be the foundation of the eclectic electronic sound of MakeUpBreakUp. After sharing a few phone conversations about the music, Laorenza made up his mind to move back to the east coast. By late spring of 2007, Laorenza and his Ford Escort braved the cross-country trip and returned to Rhode Island. Upon his arrival, Laorenza and Lamantia began their collaboration.
Holed up in a practice space riddled with potential health hazards, the duo wrote and recorded the songs which have come to be known as their We Prefer Not To... EP. We Prefer Not To… was mastered by Jonathan Wyner (David Bowie, Devo, Nirvana) at M-Works in Cambridge, MA. S.A.F. Records will be releasing the EP in CD, Vinyl, and Digital formats, buy it HERE and sample two new songs below.
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