The Submarines released their third – in our opinion best – album, Love Notes/Letter Bombs, earlier this month. The album follows suit with the band’s previous two releases in sound, but is more polished, more fun and even catchier than before. The new record has an overall clearer sound and the vocals seem cleaned up, much more polished and more mature.
The Submarines sing mainly about love and breakups – many of the lyrics stemming from their own relationship with each other – set to catchy melodies and sing-along choruses, which is nothing new to the Los Angeles couple. Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti were introduced by a mutual friend, dated, broke up and both wrote songs about the breakup. When they saw each other’s songs and how much they were hurting from the breakup, they decided to work together on some of them and ended up getting back together and later getting married. They released that collection of break-up songs as their debut album.
Love Notes/Letter Bombs is a fantastic record from start to finish, mixing danceable, catchy tracks perfect for upcoming summer block parties with softer, toned-down melodies you and your loved one will go crazy over.
I've seen The Submarines play twice and both shows have been so much fun. The most recent time I saw them in Denver, Colo., was only better because of the new songs off Love Notes/Letter Bombs added to their live set. I don't think you will ever see a happier member of any band than lead singer Blake Hazard. She's all smiles throughout the entire set as she alternately jumps, bangs the tambourine, sings, plays the xylophone and rocks the guitar.
You can stream the entire new album here, via Paste Magazine.
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