Indie-pop duo The Submarines return with Love Notes/Letter Bombs, their third full-length release on Nettwerk Records, out April 5, 2011. Self-produced with mixing from John O’Mahony (Metric, Coldplay), Love Notes/Letter Bombs is the follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed Honeysuckle Weeks. The first single, “Birds”--reminiscent of ‘Revolver’-era Beatles, with lazy, back porch guitar and backwards solos—is out today. The track is one of a handful on the album featuring live drums, a new addition to The Submarines recording process, played by Spoon’s Jim Eno. Grab a free MP3 of "Birds" HERE.
If their 2006 debut, Declare A New State, was a biographical recounting of their break-up and eventual reconciliation, 2008‘s Honeysuckle Weeks was an ode to the irrepressible mystery and magnificence of love’s newness; themes of blossoming gardens, life and love were woven together by vintage pop, intricately layered electronica and old school-dub. The album launched the Subs into the global slipstream, as their songs appeared everywhere -- from television (Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy) and film (Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist) to multiple spots for Apple’s iPhone. The band toured North America and Europe extensively, sharing a stage with the likes of The Morning Benders, Aimee Mann and Brazilian Girls.
Love Notes/Letter Bombs picks up where Honeysuckle Weeks left off, except this time John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard find themselves in a new house, fervidly exchanging love notes and letter bombs. “I imagined a couple in a rambling old broken-down mansion, like something from a Wes Anderson movie,” says Blake of the album title’s inspiration, “pushing flower pots off the balcony onto each other, tying a love note around a brick and throwing it through a window.”