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By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010


ENDLESS WAVE | T.T. the Bear's Place: February 17 | Andre Obin's got like five things going on, and here they are: producing silky smooth techno, studying voice at New England Conservatory, running, sleeping, and, now, leading Endless Wave.

A team-up of Obin, guitarist Tim Ryan, and drummer Tucker Dawson, the project was conceived by Obin as a way to "take the reins and home in on the sounds I love the most." That is, the kind of drifty, spacy, gauzy, gazy dreampop he could only hint at as bassist in Matters & Dunaway and Eyes like Knives. Imagine the Verve, Ride, Slowdive, or My Bloody Valentine if any of those bands went jogging on a regular basis. There's a bit more of a rock thrust to these songs than is often found up the nü-gaze tree, and it's a welcome alternative to the increasingly overcrowded raft of NyQuil-core.

Their initial demos — among them the swirling powerhouse "Last Phase," which is available as a free download on our blog — were recorded by Obin in his home studio. After a few months of sharpening the songs, the band plan to hit the studio in May to assemble their debut full-length.

"Endless Wave is becoming front and center in my life," Obin tells me. "We all want it. It feels serious, but not in an uncomfortable way."

Hey, kind of sounds like that, too.

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