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    The Morning Of

    “Why can’t we all get along in spite of all our differences?/Do you know we all pump the same red blood into our veins/And do you know that we all wish upon the same stars for the same things?” These heartfelt lyrics about accepting others are off the new album “The World As We Know It” by rock newbies The Morning Of.

    The Morning Of is an indie-pop/rock band that has gained increasing success since the release of their EP album, “Welcome Change. Goodbye Gravity,” in early 2007. “The World As We Know It” was released on Jan. 28 of this year to coincide with their current tour schedule.

    The band is composed of young six friends from Newburgh, New York. No one in the group is over 20 years old. The band is made up of vocalists Jessica Leplon and Justin Wiley, bassist Abir Hossain, guitarist Rob McCurdy, pianist Chris Petrosino and drummer Jimmi Kane.

    Lead singers Leplon and Wiley each have impressive vocals on their own, but together they compliment each other very well and provide beautiful harmonies on songs like “Shine” and “The New Is In.”

    Although the record is mostly indie-rock, there are some songs that are a bit different from the main sound of the album. Track “Violins and Trees (Unforgettable),” is a much jazzier song which showcases singer Jessica’s solo vocals. Also “The New Is In” has a slower, more melodic piano harmony with soft vocals.

    The intro track has a bit of a dramatic start but the way the second track begins immediately after the first really gets the listener pumped up. Their first single, “Reverie,” is probably my favorite track off the record. It is one of those songs that you cannot help but to sing along to on the radio. It starts off slow, with a piano introduction with youthful vocals and as the song progress it develops more energy.

    At one of their performances I had a chance to actually meet with Leplon and Wiley for a bit right after they finished their set and, I must admit, I was a bit star struck. But they were very down-to-earth and eager to meet with fans. They were approachable which made me an even bigger fan.

    Right now the band is currently on tour, so if they stop by in a town near you I suggest you go see them. I have always thought nothing beats live music because it provides an energy that you just can’t get from listening to a CD. Watching them perform live won’t leave you disappointed. They give a great performance filled with high energy, amazing talent, great stage presence, and a warming connection with their audience.

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