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Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars have indeed crafted what’s easily their most sonically expansive and most rewarding album to date with their John Congleton produced fourth LP, Pretty Years on Sinderlyn Records. Their trademark cacophonic guitar rock and innate propulsion are still abundant, but they’re buttressed by raucous synth and keyboard lines, and an extemporaneous saxophone performance, which enrich when they could easily clutter these songs. The band also worked more quickly and efficiently than they had in the past, facilitated by years on the road in which they’ve played close to a thousand shows, which rendered them a tight, fully- oiled machine in the studio.

“Cymbals Eat Guitars are still making the best music of their careers” – Pitchfork

“Joyous, revelatory…[Pretty Years is] the band’s best album.” A- review – AV CLUB

“[Cymbals Eat Guitars] have made one of the best classic-rock records of the 21st century.” – Spin Magazine

“[Cymbals Eat Guitars] are at the peak of their powers, and every song they record is worthy of your attention.” – USA Today

• Pretty Years’ earns 8.0 review – Pitchfork
• Cymbals Eat Guitars and the Beauty of Patience – Noisey
• “raucous-yet-refined rock” – NPR
• “there’s something about vocalist Joe D’Agostino’s overstuffed vocal climaxes and Mascis-ian guitar squeals that fills up small venues with huge, trembling splinters of emotion and sound.” – Consequence of Sound
• “If Springsteen were making music in an East Williamsburg flophouse, it might sound a lot like this wonderfully stoner-rock anthem [‘Finally’] from the Staten Island-bred indie stalwarts” – Entertainment Weekly
• “a remarkably intimate and affecting collection of stories, with an expanded sonic palette that finds Cymbals Eat Guitars continuing their journey as one of the best rock acts around.” London in Stereo

• Video for “4th of July, Philadelphia (Sandy)”, released June 2016, directed by Field Mouse’s Rachel Browne
• National US Headlining Tour in Fall 2016. Expansive European Tour February 2017. Tour Dates
• Previously toured with Brand New, Bob Mould, This Will Destroy You, and Alex G amongst others
• Signed to Sinderlyn, new label founded by Captured Tracks’ Mike Sniper


Label: Sinderlyn: Mike Sniper: | Pam Garavano-Coolbaugh: | Dave Martin:
US Publicist: Kip Kouri:


Videos & Press
  • Relix Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars’ ‘Pretty Years’

    [Relix] By Ryan Reed With 2014’s LOSE, indie-rock philosopher Joseph D’Agostino crafted a woeful yet celebratory eulogy for a late friend. The fourth Cymbals Eat Guitars LP mourns a different sort of death: “Goodbye to my dancing days,” the guitarist yelps over loping drums and frizzled Rhodes. “Goodbye to my pretty years.” Across 10 turbulent […]

  • Essential New Music: Cymbals Eat Guitars’ ‘Pretty Years’

    [Magnet] The influence of Bruce Springsteen on recent indie-leaning releases is a bit confounding. After all, his radio-ready anthems were an example of what so many punks and early alt-rockers rallied against. Yet numerous current groups have taken the Boss’ winding lyrics and big guitars and made them their own. One band whose pronounced Springsteen […]

  • Goodbye To My Dancing Days: Cymbals Eat Guitars Forge Ahead With ‘Pretty Years’

    [Stereogum] Joseph D’Agostino keeps apologizing for all the negativity. Reclining on couches in a Brooklyn Heights bar that, for whatever reason, has a bocce court in the back, he and Matt Whipple are musing on the status of their band, Cymbals Eat Guitars. This has recently been a recurring conversation for them: the feeling like […]

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