Pictures of Then
☆ Opening act(s): Apparently Nothing, Color Radio, Santa
City Beat magazine praises Minneapolis-based Pictures of Then as having "a sonic balance between reverence for the past and vision of the future." Their sound is fresh enough to appeal to even the most discerning of indie-rock fans while still containing essential ingredients to have the masses "reaching for the repeat button just as soon as it ends." (MyxerTones.com)
Despite their recent emergence into the music industry, one would never assume they were anything but veterans. Pictures of Then has been hailed as "helping to further shape the new Minneapolis sound," (perfectporridge.com). Their songs have been described as "well-crafted" and "memorable", while onstage they are "dramatic without being pretentious," having the "polished and confident stage presence of an out of town band seasoned by months of touring." (howwastheshow.com) This comes as no surprise since Pictures of Then is continually on the road, attracting an ever-growing fan base both on the club scene and at college campuses nationwide.
With only one album under their belts and a new release expected in early 2009, Pictures of Then has still managed to make quite a spark. Their music has been featured on MTV's The Real World and The Hills and licensed by other programs on MTV, USA, Oxygen and Lifetime. In 2008 Pictures of Then had the opportunity to attract new fans after being selected by MTV to appear on the "Choose or Lose Tour" with Locksley (Brooklyn, NY). The band has also appeared alongside such renowned acts as Green Day, Interpol, and Motion City Soundtrack on multiple compilation albums - the latest of which is available at Hot Topic stores across the country.
Their debut album "Crushed by Lights" (July 2007), was played on more than 220 college stations, and has earned them premier showcasing spots at competitive conferences and festivals such as Red Gorilla, MPMF (Midpoint Music Festival), NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) and Crossroads Entertainment Conference. With their ever-growing fan base and the rising anticipation of their 2009 release, "Pictures of Then and The Wicked Sea," it is only a matter of time before this band, firmly rooted in indie soil, becomes one of the few independents to branch out into mainstream success.