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The Response - North of Nowhere Album Review

30 Jul 2014 // A review by Peter-James Dries

Hailing from Christchurch, The Response, also known as Andrew and Victoria Knopp, have just released their third full length album, North of Nowhere

This is one of those indie acts that do everything themselves, from recording to artwork, and that's a quality I admire in any artist. Sometimes with bands who are subject to different outside influences, however helpful they may be, there are deviations from the band's original intentions. The compromise for a greater listenership is your independence.

This is a band that isn't influenced, and you can tell by the music. The duo's sound is unique and infinitely catchy. Swinging between minimalist electronic tracks and garage rock. Their strong point are songs like Gone and Left Me where traditional instruments are given a subtle electronic treatment. The effect this subtlety has is intense. A song that would do well as an acoustic track played predominantly on guitar is transformed into something ethereal and unique.

North of Nowhere is available now for download and stream from the The Response Bandcamp (http://theresponse.bandcamp.com/album/north-of-nowhere). I also recommend listening to the band's previous releases to show how far they've come, and because those albums are also great listens.

North of Nowhere
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About The Response

New Zealand Alternative Pop duo The Response blend electronic minimalism, pop sensibilities and the eclectic influences of vocalist/guitarist Andy Knopp and multi-instrumentalist Victoria Knopp to create what NZ Musician Magazine describes as "indie pop at its carefully crafted best." Their dynamic live show has allowed them to share the stage with such international acts as Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Deep Sea Diver (Seattle), Big Scary (Australia) and Kate Boy (Sweden), as well as play local festivals including Electric Avenue.

After two years based in Vancouver, Canada where apartment living and public transit inspired a more minimalistic and increasingly electronic shift in their sound and live set up, The Response made their way back to New Zealand where they have since released singles Holding Out For Something, Only In The Night and Practical, as well as EP's What Are You Waiting For? and Little Worlds. Described as “indie-proper”, the duo write, produce, record, mix and master all their own music, as well as design and artwork.

The Response are set to release their next album late in 2019, with feel-good alt pop gem 'Tallest Walls' out now.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Response

Releases

Little Worlds
Year: 2018
Type: EP
What Are You Waiting For?
Year: 2017
Type: EP
North of Nowhere
Year: 2014
Type: Album

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