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  • The Rescues

The most compelling artists have always been able to find their singular truth and channel it for the world to savor. But The Rescues — whose music recalls the soaring emotions of Coldplay, the earthiness of Fleetwood Mac, the introspection of Death Cab for Cutie — set themselves apart by combining each of their intrepid perspectives into one harmonious voice.

The Los Angeles-based foursome, who released their full-length debut, Let Loose the Horses, in June through Universal Republic, have made a name for themselves as a powerful live act thanks to their flawless, transcendent harmonies. They’ve likewise earned a rep for being TV’s go-to soundtrackers with an uncanny ability to underscore drama on shows like One Tree Hill, Private Practice, and Grey’s Anatomy, the latter boasting a staggering five Rescues songs, among them the rousing anthem “Break Me Out.”

As individuals, the band members are moving performers, and together they are, beguilingly, more powerful than the sum of their parts. “We all have very distinct, lead-singer voices,” notes vocalist/musician Kyler England. “But when we sing together it’s like there’s a fifth person in the blend that comes together.”

England and fellow singers/multi-instrumentalists Rob Giles, Adrianne Gonzalez, and Gabriel Mann met while performing on the singer-songwriter circuit in L.A. They were regulars at Room 5 Lounge and The Hotel Café, which also hosted then up-and-comers such as Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry, and the Fray.

Though they didn’t realize it then, these two guys and two girls — each a fish-out-of-water in their Southern hometowns — were united in their imperatives to move out West. North Carolina-native England was more of an alt-country artist; Gonzalez, from Miami, crafted folk-pop; and Texans Giles and Mann specialized in swelling rock and epic ballads. They’d occasionally share the stage, write a song, even tour together, but the idea of joining forces didn’t dawn on them until a mutual friend suggested they collaborate.

So in 2008, England, Gonzalez, and Mann hammered out some harmony-driven songs and recorded the independent Crazy Ever After. The burgeoning group felt something was missing, so they recruited Giles a year later. “That’s when the band really happened,” says Mann. Sensing they were on to something great, the quartet didn’t waste time: they began composing and recording, testing their chemistry during a month of intense songwriting. No song was written in the same way. Here, the band penned the bulk of what would be their major-label debut, Let Loose the Horses.

The title track came about after England’s brother and his wife were forced to evacuate their home on a horse ranch in Colorado due to a brush fire. To save the animals’ lives, the gates were opened so that the horses could run free to safety. The Rescues asked themselves, “What would happen if you lost everything except for each other?” “Let Loose the Horses” sets the tone for the rest of the album, which thoughtfully explores the crossroads where hope and peril meet. “In our music, there’s a balance between dark and light, tension and resolution,” Gonzalez says.

“The sound of this album and the fact that there is such variety comes from the fact that we’re all writers challenging each other,” says Mann. Let Loose the Horses, in kind, teems with refined sonic restlessness: where “Never Too Late” rises to a potent a capella bridge, “Stay Over” tinkers, surprisingly, with synths, and “We’re OK” offers a slowed-down study in power-pop. Explains Giles of the latter’s overarching theme, “We all come to these themes of self-forgiveness, letting go, giving into change, trusting that something better is coming.”

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Comments (67)Comments (67)

  • Left by Justin Le, on Jan 27, 2010 - 11:02
    Dang we missed you so much here =)
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    Woohoo!!!
    Left by hdsander, on Jan 27, 2010 - 9:54
    It's so great to find you here! I'm a big fan!
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    Left by Charo, on Jan 27, 2010 - 9:54
    yessssssssssssssssss!
    so glad to see you all here.
    you guys are some of the best musicians out there. never stop.
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    Thank you so much
    Left by ThomasAD3, on Jan 27, 2010 - 9:47
    for accepting my invitation on Facebook! You guys are my favorite band of all time - just ahead of The Beatles. Are you gonna tour in the Midwest to support your new album?
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    I haven't heard a Rescues song I didn't love.
    Left by October Skye, on Jan 27, 2010 - 5:33
    Thank you for your music.
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    YAY - You're Here!
    Left by Raine, on Jan 27, 2010 - 5:27
    You guys are a great band - keep it up. I saw you in Boston on my birthday - it was one of the best shows ever. Can't wait until you come back to town. Keep up the good work and successes!
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    Left by Unregistered User, on Jan 27, 2010 - 2:34
    you guys were one of my favorite finds on T61, I'm so excited that you made it over here! Welcome!!
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    Left by Blatantly Karen, on Jan 27, 2010 - 2:28
    Found you on t61, fell in love, then cyber-stalked you to MySpace to beg info for one particular song. Thank you for making my cyber-stalking so much easier. *grins* Joking, of course. But if you ever make it to North Florida, I'll be there.

    On a serious note: welcome. Nice to see you here.
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    Brilliant !
    Left by Chas Connolly, on Jan 27, 2010 - 1:07
    Great to see you guys here!!

    Can't wait for the EP to come out!
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    Welcome
    Left by Sally, on Jan 26, 2010 - 23:41
    and it's so good to see you and your fabulous music here!!!
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