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October 11, 2013

The Reckless return for CD release party

Fresh off a CD release party at Minneapolis’s 7th Street Entry, The Reckless are packing their instruments and high-tailing it down Highway 169 toward the horizon of their hometown Mankato for a bash at Busters’ Sports Bar and Grill on Saturday.

They’re traveling back to their musical foundations to host a homegrown CD release party for “Keeping It Together” – the band's first album which, so far, has been well-received by fans. Music begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes a copy of the CD.

The Reckless is powerful enough to captivate crowds with its distinct twang of alternative and alien-like rock while also possessing the ability to surprise listeners with deep, mesmerizing slower tracks. The band's sound is distinctly melodic with indie and grunge influences coloring the margins.

On the album's title track, Sandersfeld illustrates his taut songwriting talents, singing "Keep it together/Keep yourself free/Keep yourself weightless/With your gravity" over a clean, uncluttered guitar riff. Conversely, "You Can Fall" is a bluesy headbanger with a buzzing intensity.

Despite achieving a polished, developed sound, lead vocalist David Sanfersfeld said their is always room for refinement.

“I think the first album, though, is so much of an experiment. It was a lot of my songwriting and their composition, and everybody putting their heads together to see what we could do," Sandersfeld said. "I think that’s how the best music is made.”

The band got its start years ago in drummer Jason Worrell’s Mankato basement when he and Sandersfeld – both Mankato West graduates – discovered their shared musical tastes. They began playing more regularly, eventually progressing into Mankato's bar scene.

"We forced ourselves to collaborate our styles,” Worrell said.

For more information about the band, visit www.facebook.com/thereckless.band.

Emre K. Erku

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