Latitudes And Longitudes, the sophomore full-length from Cleveland, OH’s Signals Midwest, is now available for pre-order from Tiny Engines (CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations, Tigers Jaw). The 12″ LP will see a December 20, 2011 release date, while the digital version is available via Bandcamp and iTunes now. It’s also worth noting that all vinyl pre-orders come with an instant mp3 download for the 10-song album.
The Latitudes And Longitudes vinyl is limited to 500 pressed on three colorways (75 teal / 150 maroon / 275 cream). The first 50 pre-orders will receive a limited-edition poster print with exclusively designed by Jeff Finley. Additionally, all pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the record.
Rarely do you come across a young band that startles you with such inherent quality. While Cleveland, Ohios Signals Midwest might be rooted in the ethos of punk rock the band quickly transcends the tag both musically and lyrically on their sophomore album, Latitudes And Longitudes. Paying tribute to the continual growth of legends like Small Brown Bike and Fairweather while echoing modern bands such as Balance And Composure and The Menzingers, Signals Midwest provide a unique perspective that resides firmly outside the punk-by-the-numbers formula. Call if post-pop/punk if you will.
Signals Midwest formed in late 2008 as a trio and issued their first full-length album in 2009. In 2010 the band expanded to a quartet with the addition of a second guitar player. That would be a pivotal move in the bands collaborative development. Experimenting with and expanding their sound, Signals Midwest quickly outgrew the standard pop/punk pace. With 2011s Latitudes And Longitudes there is a fleshed out maturity that shines through. Recorded mostly live, the album bristles with the kind of energy and purpose that emanates from a band confidently growing comfortable in their own skin.