Around the World and Back is a 4 piece rock and roll band from Albany, NY. They have been a band since 2008.
They have released two ep's that received national airplay on college radio throughout the country, and July 2011, they released their debut full length record, . It has been garnering the band a lot of attention - including being named best "Indie Rock Band of 2011" by Metroland Magazine, a capital region alternative newsweekly with over 100,000 readers.
Big Beat is a near perfect representation of the band where they are right now as songwriters, musicians, and people. "We've waited a long time for this day" says Bryan Shortell (vocals/guitar). "It's not that we aren't incredibly proud of our last two releases, but we all knew they weren't the best representation of who we are, and most of all, who we want to be...this record is something we are proud of for a lot of reasons, but mostly because we finally found our stride, we finally found the sound we've been chasing."
Their live show is their pride and joy - and it shows. In the short time Around the World and Back have been a band, they have shared the stage with a number of noteworthy artists including:
The Joy Formidable, Middle Class Rut, The Lonely Forest, Manchester Orchestra, Local Natives, Sleigh Bells, Love Drug, Person L, Straylight Run, Good Old War, The Sam Roberts Band, O' Brother, Biffy Clyro, Moving Mountains, Bayside, Funeral Party, The Audrye Sessions, Mock Orange, New Politics, etc.
The band shot a video for the third track off of Big Beat called "Slave". It is a dark, twisting, hard hitting song, with a video to match. The reception has been overwhelming, and the band seems to just be hitting their stride. David King from Metroland magazine had this to say: "One video is simply not enough to convey the complexity and diversity of styles mastered on Big Beat, or on display in the bandís visceral live performances."
Around the World and Back will be on the road supporting Big Beat for the rest of 2011. Come experience Big Beat live, and help the band live up to their name.