It’s been two years [see our 2010 interview] since L.A. has heard from Line & Circle, the anthemic rockers conceived by two Brians (Cohen and Egan) who originally hail from Ohio and sometimes sound like they just sprang from a London club circa 1992. The supporting cast has changed a bit– ex-Aushua mates Eric Neujahr (guitar) and Nathan Gammill (bass), along with drummer Nick Cisik, now round out the crew – but Line & Circle’s vision remains clear. The quintet piles on layers of guitars and melody to create something majestic, or at least majestic as it used to be defined. Their 7-inch single “Roman Ruins,” out this week on the White Iris, was produced by Lewis Pesacov (the Fool’s Gold guitarist who has helmed albums by Best Coast and Nikki Lane, among others). The song teeters between R.E.M. and the Cure in a way that never gets old.
||| Live: Line & Circle play July 18 at the Bootleg Bar, along with Ferraby Lionheart and Detective.
Photo by Megan Kathleen McIsaac