About Pictures of Then
"Indie-rock fans have always found something to like about Pictures of Then...the band’s overall musical approach is neither stubbornly rooted in the past, nor based on some contrived, wash of futuristic sound." (dfw.com) Hailed as "helping to further shape the new Minneapolis sound," (perfectporridge.com) "Pictures Of Then is decidedly aware of the musical shoulders upon which it stands and it does so proudly. What sets such acts apart is the proletarian everyman aspects of their music: there’s an earthiness, a connectedness to the soil..." (DryvetymeOnlyne) "Wherever you try to peg them on the musical landscape, their songs are always well-crafted and memorable," (howwastheshow.com) Pictures of Then “does their thing and they do it well.” (Guest List Magazine)
Gaining clout as an "amazing" (Red Gorilla Music Fest) and "fresh" (Crossroads Music Fest) live act, Pictures of Then takes to the stage with an energy that is undeniable. "Spirited and buzzy...they swung with glam-pop abandon, channeling psychedelic folk-roots through howling indie-rock branches." (Mid-Point Music Festival) "On stage they are dramatic without being pretentious, having a polished and confident stage presence...seasoned by months of touring." (howwastheshow.com) This comes as no surprise since the band is continually touring, attracting an ever-growing fan base on the festival circuit and at concert venues and college campuses nationwide.
Their debut album Crushed By Lights was touted as "a sonic balance between reverence for the past and vision of the future," and helped the band secure a foothold on the national scene with featured accolades on MTV and college radio. Building on the success of their debut, the second album, And The Wicked Sea, “takes the aspects that made their music catch on from their debut album and expands on them, making for a punchy, Britpop sound that keeps you bouncing along.” (Guest List Magazine) Said to have a "Flaming Lips meets Dr. Dog vibe," (Comfort Comes) their sophomore effort “rings out loud and proud with a host of songs filled with Midwestern charm at its finest. The record evokes a sound that calls to mind Summerteeth-era Wilco, or possibly what Modest Mouse might have sounded like had Isaac Brock been born in Minneapolis himself. And The Wicked Sea is equal parts heart-lifting balladry and upbeat indie-rock, all designed to encourage the listener to eat, drink, and make merry along with the band.” (DryvetymeOnlyne)