"We hate L.A., we love L.A. It's similar to how we feel about our own lives," says Justin Miner, lead singer for Los Angeles based indie-pop/rock outfit Fight From Above. "We wanted to try to capture that feeling on the record and claim the parts of the city we love for our own."
Judging by their debut full-length L.A. Kids, they have undoubtedly carved a distinct niche for themselves in the crowded Southern California music scene. Equal parts insightful lyrics, crafted pop hooks, and propulsive energy - Fight From Above manages to combine many disparate influences while still sounding cohesive, and yet also not quite like anything you've heard. Some elements suggest comparisons to bands like The Kooks, Phoenix, and Hot Hot Heat, while others suggest Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins or Modest Mouse.
Songs like "Between The Curves" (which is currently getting consistent play on influential L.A. rock station KROQ and was featured on MTV's "The Hills") and "Raindrops" embed themselves in your head upon the first listen, while fan-favorites like "Saticoy" and "Alexander's Bus" brim with barely contained energy and enthusiasm. Still, nothing on the record quite compares to seeing the...