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Republic of Letters, an alternative/indie rock band hailing from San Diego, CA, are releasing their official debut album “Painted Hour” in 2010. I’ve had the privilege of hearing the album in advance and I promise you that after their very impressive EP “Spirit and a Ghost”, this new album is one of the best debut albums I have heard in years. Their sound should appeal to fans of bands like Switchfoot, Snow Patrol, Coldplay, U2, Fiction Plane, The Killers, Saybia, Idlewild, Feeder, Jimmy Eat World and bands with a somewhat similar sound. The songwriting is of very high quality and the emotional layers are plentiful. With certain radio hits “Lost Chord”, “Painted Hour”, “Sounds of Fury” and possibly “Kate”, they have an album that is both artistically complete and commercialy viable. One of the best young bands I have the privilege of knowing and calling my friends, Republic of Letters is bound to break through in the year to come, and it very well might be an international breakthrough.

If you’re in the San Diego, CA area, be sure to check out this amazing band, because they bring an added electrical and energetic spirit to their live shows that is very impressive. It’s a bonus experience you will not forget.

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