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Cartel Releases New Album Cycles With A U.S. Tour And A Focus On Their Fans

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Cartel, the alternative rock band from Atlanta, Georgia that is made up of Will Pugh (vocals, guitar, and piano), Joseph Pepper (guitar), Nic Hudson (guitar and harmonizing backing vocals), Jeff Lett (bass and harmonizing backing vocals), and Kevin Sanders (drums), released Cycles on October 20, 2009. In less than 24 hours since its release, Cycles is already at #3 on the iTunes Alternative Albums Chart.

Cartel, best known for their a brash indie sound meshed with an earnest brand of emotion can be heard as a more genre-free sound than many "post-punk" and “emo-rock bands” out in the music business today. Cycles captures Cartel at their best, giving off the same raw and tenacious enthusiasm that first skyrocketed them from indie band to a wider audience, while retaining their grounded sense of behavior and caring towards their fan base.

As a nod to the legions of loyal Cartel fans who have been waiting patiently for the last two years for this new album, there is a one day sale that can be found on the band's MySpace page to purchase Cycles for $6.99.Cartel, on their new label Wind-up Records, has been given more time to develop each song and the result is a fantastic electric blur.

The first single and the album’s first track, “Let’s Go,” is, as lead singer Will Pugh says, a “proverbial call to arms.” The song also is the album’s first video which was produced by Paul Boyd, who is best known for his work with Grammy winning artists such as Shania Twain, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and Sugarland. Working with Cartel, Boyd filmed the "Let's Go" video (which you can view below) in an abandoned warehouse and gave random fans hand-held cameras allowing them to film; the footage is included in the video.

The Cycles album tour began in on October 20 with an in-store performance by Cartel and a CD release event allowing fans again a chance to connect with the band and continues with a 9 pm nationwide phone call. The tour will continue until November 27, ending in their hometown of Atlanta. For more information on the band’s nationwide tour dates please refer to the official Cartel Myspace, Facebook and Twitter pages and the band's official site.

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About Ross Feingold

Ross Feingold is a longtime published journalist and member of the Atlanta Press Club. He has covered topics and events ranging from Biotech to Music to Sports.
  • chelsea

    Once again, another great review. :) Cartel’s new album is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

  • Noele

    Great CD, great band, and $6.99 is also a great plus.

  • http://www.riddledphantasms.com R.P.M

    I know one thing…it certainly is NOT 2281 minutes long. :)

    More like 40 minutes, but still very good.

  • chissy n.

    love it! cartel is awesome and i can’t wait to see them in columbus with summer set on halloween!

  • Bramy

    I saw them in NYC last week and they sounded great..reminded me a lot about Chroma material

  • Michael

    Although their self-titled second album was a bit of a disappointment, this album is one of a kind. Cartel is one of the best bands in music right now. If you get the chance to see them live, they are even better than on the album. Without a doubt, Will Pugh has one of the best voices in music!