One for the Team - Build It Up
Record Label: The Militia Group
Release Date: August 19, 2008
This has been a fine year for indie rock music. What with the release of Death Cab for Cutie’s Narrow Stairs, among others. One of those others that may slip past the radar is the Militia Group debut of Minneapolis’ very own One For The Team. Fronted by Afternoon Records founder Ian Anderson, One For The Team brings their own brand of cheery and bright indie rock to the world on Build It Up.
This Minneapolis crew excels at crafting quality tunes. The vocal duo of Ian Anderson and Grace Fiddler (who at times is somewhat reminiscent of the Dupree sisters) is pleasant and easy on the ears. Music-wise, you’ll find there isn’t much that separates them from any other indie rock outfit that is out there. Lyrically, there is much here worth giving them credit for. While they do tend to be straightforward, there is a good balance of straightforward and creatively intelligent lyrics, such as on “Best Supporting Actor” (one of the highlight tracks from the album, if not the best).
One For the Team is very good at what they do. My only problem with Build It Up is that after the first 5 tracks, or so, I get bored with it, as there is not much variety within their sound. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as most bands tend to move on from that by the time they record their second album. I see a very bright future for One For The Team.
People say labels aren't selling records anymore but are now selling singles. Personally i love the varitey of bands on the militia group and are probably my favorite label. Come on they have: Chase Pagan, Everybody Else, The New Frontiers, Tahiti 80 and now One For The Team. Talking about this record it is extremely poppy but is good nonetheless. Personally i love the song "Hey Kid" don't know why in every review I've seen for this album it is never mentioned but its a quality song. After their next record I think this band could go mainstream.