Due to the cold-hearted reality of alphabetization, WESTLAND was the thirteenth and final band listed in the Phoenix's recent Class of 2013. But if you've listened to Boston Accents on WFNX at all since January, it's clear that the Massachusetts pop-rock band is at the top of our lists. Tonight Westland hits the Middle East in Cambridge for their official Intimacy Without Intricacy, a sterling EP of hook-laden pop jams that already feature two of our favorite tracks of the year in "Steady Now" and "Jack & Coke." (The latter inspired some heavy drinking when Westland frontman Aaron Bonus was in the WFNX studio a few weeks ago.
Westland - Steady Now by Boston Phoenix
Here's what we wrote in the Class of 2013 feature last month, and check out the videos for the two aforementioned singles after the text jump...
WESTLAND :: BOSTON
Already veterans of the Vans Warped Tour and with more than 400 live shows under their collective white belt since 2009, Westland are taking their tireless work ethic and applying it to national domination in 2013. This month's Intimacy Without Intricacy is an ambitious pop-rock firecracker of a record, led by the anthemic stadium synth-rock of "Steady Now" and the epic balladry of "Jack & Coke." Frontman Aaron Bonus is an engaging personality, sharing personal tales of love and loss in Westland's lyrics, all while hell-bent on rocking the fuck out. WFNX presents Westland's record-release party February 7 at the Middle East in Cambridge.