American Princes release 'We Are The People' on Max Recordings
The American Princes move to LR, a trip rhythm guitarist David Slade describes as "The worst trip of my life. We decided to try and live cheaply so we could focus on writing music, so we packed up my truck and headed south. The only problem was that the engine blew up 45 minutes into our move, leaving us stranded at a TGI Friday's in New Jersey. We were stuck there for three weeks." Later that year, they release 'We Are The People' on Max Recordings.
Clay Simmons // I think I was living in Fayetteville the first time I heard this record. It was the first thing I'd heard come out of Little Rock in a long time that sounded like it could be instantly accessible to people not involved in the Little Rock / Arkansas scene. Really a great record.
Burt Taggart // This whole thing started out odd. Didn't even know that this band existed until Mark Lowe mentioned that he'd recorded 8 of their songs and that he couldn't stop listening to it. That intrigued me for sure. And then when I finally did get to check it out, it exceeded any expectation. It really did bring me back to this very visceral & urgent feeling that I had been missing. Especially from a Little Rock band. Without being dated in the least, it did remind me somehow of the movement of bands that were part of the early nineties, but just way, way better.
Matt Quin // Being an outsider, a damn yankee (as I've been jokingly called from time to time in the past four years) I would have never dreamed of the kind of reception American Princes would be immediately given. Our first Little Rock show was at the White Water. There ensued the -- what I like to refer to as -- "Infamous beer pouring incident". I won't go into details, as many of you may know the story, but point being: people stood up for us from the get-go. The overwhelming support we have enjoyed from the local scene the past four years and continue to enjoy just blows me away. This is truly a special place to be.
Dan Johnson, The Contingencies // i remember the first time i saw them play just before 'we are the people' was released. it was completely mind-blowing. they played so loudly and ferociously with this increible amount of energy- it it made you stop, take notice, and really pay attention. a true onslaught of post-punk history, crammed into a forty minute set. in terms of guitar rock, i had found the answer i was looking for. i quickly introduced myself and somehow managed to get an early, unmasterd copy of this cd. by the time it was released, i think i knew every note and every word. i kind of became their groupie for a while (minus the actual groupie stuff). i went to every show i could manage to get to, even if it was out of town. i just wanted to learn everything i could from them.
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