John Tanzer - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
John Neilson - Guitar, Bass
Joe Arcidiacono - Guitar, Vocals, Bass
David Roby - Bass
Tom Kelley - Drums, Percussion
Jamie McEwen - Viola on "Empathy Box", "Deja Vu", "Ad Infinitum" and "Manitoba"
Recorded at: Excello Studios, Brooklyn
Additional tracks recorded on the WFMU Live Music Faucet and 'semi-live' at Sub Rosa
Engineered by: Chad Swanberg
Produced by: Airlines with Chad Swanberg
Mixed by: Airlines with Ryk Oakley
Can you say guitars? This is what you
get when you spend too many hours in dark rooms filled with glowing amplifiers.
Lush and blaring, feedback-drenched, teeming with hints and allusions to
intrigues and peculiar states of mind. Their first full-length CD features the
hit (on another planet, maybe) single "Steady Goes" and 11 other sonic
excursions guaranteed to tickle your earbone.
Too smart for its own good?
don't think so . . .
Baby Sue (#17
Summer 1994, Stephen Fievel)
"Absolutely stellar, shimmering, perfect pop
music. Those folks at Quixotic have a better roster of bands than just about
anyone around. Airlines are a totally unpretentious rock band with a rather
minimal sound and real talent in the studio. The guitar work on this disc would
make any mother proud. Add to that overwhelmingly incredible tunes and you've
got a top-notch band to knock `em all dead. These melodies are just TOO
CMJ New Music Report (#381 May 23, 1994, Steve McGuirl)
City's Airlines have been around in ever-changing forms since the late `80s,
recording singles for various small labels and sharing members with other New
York area bands such as the Mad Scene, Speed the Plough, The Giant Mums, Lid and the Ex-Lion
Tamers .. Although Wire is a definite reference point throughout Airlines, the
influence never becomes distracting; instead, what continually grabs the
listener's attention is Airlines' impressive mastery of textured arrangements
and three-guitar dynamics. Over throbbing basslines and the sparse, steady
drumming of Tom Kelley, the guitars intricately weave clean, arpeggiated chords
around simple, precise, sometimes nearly droning, melody lines. The overall
effect of this calculated, cerebral approach recalls Television, or even the
Velvets, without actually sounding like either band...tunes like `Deja Vu',
`Interval' and `10,000 Days', among others, continue to impress even after
The Big Takeover (#35 July 1994, Jack Rabid)
"Add Airlines to the
list of promising New York bands (at last there is a small crop). Theirs is a
sprightly minimalist pop, the occasional one-chord drone uplifted by loping
bass, bopping snare hits, and caustic guitar lines that encircle that steady
bass. The playing is crisp-former KRAUT producer RYK OAKLEY gives them a tight
mix-and simple but effective ideas run all over spaces this economical quintet
leaves. Like the late `70s Wire, to whom they might be compared (as well as all
the U.S. West Coast pop minimalists they inspired, such as the Urinals/100
Flowers, Sleepers, Flyboys, later Middle Class), nothing is chunky, yet the
sound has depth, and the post R.E.M./Libertines plucked guitars never fail to
invigorate and take unexpected paths... Investigate."
Chairs Missing (#"Mannequin" August 1994, Scott Munroe)
minimalist-pop sound is a definite breath of fresh air in an increasingly
hard-rock music scene."