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Cymbals Eat Guitars

Guitarist/songwriter Lou Reed didn't want a lot of cymbals on the first three Velvet Underground albums because "cymbals eat guitars." Decades later, a Staten Island (via New Jersey) Indie Rock/Emo Pop band took Reed's admonition as their name.

Joseph D'Agostino and Matthew Miller founded Cymbals Eat Guitars in '07 and just two years later they issued their self-released debut album "Why There Are Mountains." The set was included on Pitchfork Media's list of "Best New Music."

But keyboardist Dan Baer soon left due to an illness and bassist Neil Berenholz's dislike of touring led to his departure. They were subsequently replaced by Brian Hamilton and Matthew Whipple, respectively.

Signed to Barsuk Records Cymbals Eat Guitars released their second album "Lenses Alien" in the summer of '11.

Along the way the group picked up Bon Savants drummer Andrew Dole, who replaced Miller.

"LOSE," a '14 release and the group's third studio effort, was D'Agostino's contemplation of growing up in New Jersey along with recollections of the passing, years earlier, of a close friend.

Cymbals Eat Guitars Discography


2009 Why There Are Mountains
2011 Lenses Alien
2014 LOSE

Cymbals Eat Guitars are big on drama and have no aversion to using cymbals.

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