The Legal Matters self-titled debut to be released November 4th
One of the finest guitar pop albums of the year
"Filled with great melodic hooks, glorious harmonies and spine-tingling chord changes."
- Stephen Schnee, Discussions
The Legal Matters charm lies in its lack of pretentiousness and love of creating pure pop music for the now generation. They emulate the feel and emotion of those artists, songs, and albums that have truly made a difference in Pop Music over the last 50 years.
The Legal Matters isn't just a band, it's a meeting of the minds of three notable figures on the Midwest power pop scene:
* Keith Klingensmith was a member of Hippodrome and the Phenomenal Cats and runs the indie pop label Futureman Records
* Andy Reed was the leader of the group An American Underdog, and
* Chris Richards was Klingensmith's bandmate in Hippodrome and the Phenomenal Cats as well as leading Chris Richards & the Subtractions.
The Legal Matters first came together in early 2013, when Richards & the Subtractions cut an EP of covers titled That Covers That 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Reed took part in the That Covers That sessions, and when Klingensmith and Richards began blocking out plans for a new Phenomenal Cats record, they invited Reed to join them in the studio. The three songwriters began exchanging demos, and since they all lived in different cities in Michigan, most of the collaborating and pre-production was done by phone or over the Web.
By the time Klingensmith, Reed, and Richards gathered at Reed's studio, Reed Recording Company, the three realized that with Reed's extensive input this was a different animal than the Phenomenal Cats, and with that in mind, the new trio adopted a new name, The Legal Matters, based on their shared love of the Who.
With help from their friends and fellow musicians Cody Marecek and Nick Piunti, the Legal Matters recorded their debut album in just six days during the coldest and snowiest winter in Michigan's history; the self-titled album will be released by JEM Recordings and distributed by MVD Entertainment Group on November 4, 2014.
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"There are plenty of tunes here that could be hit singles, especially the opening track 'Rite of Spring' and the mildly cockly 'Before We Get it Right' "
- All Music Guide
"The Legal Matters have made an album that easily makes my Top Ten year end list"
- Power Popaholic
"The Legal Matters is the best long-player I have heard this year. It is hard to imagine anything coming out the second half of the year to eclipse it"
- Pop That Goes Crunch
"The Legal Matters is an album that renews my faith in modern guitar pop and has re-awakened my desire to track down every worthwhile Power Pop record I may have missed the in the past 20 years. But will they be as good as this? I seriously doubt it."
- Stephen Schnee, Discussions Magazine
"And so they have released their work, the kind of gift from above that comes along only when the time is right, and the time-this time-is assuredly right"
- Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio
"I would say this one (CD) is monstrously highly recommended... It's that good"
- One Chord