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The Wars of 1812 to Perform Free Concerts

RELEASED: Sept. 30, 2009

The Wars of 1812
The Wars of 1812

EAU CLAIRE — The Wars of 1812 will play three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Oct. 9-10. The alt-country indie pop band will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and at 8 p.m. Saturday in The Cabin of Davies Center.

Members of The Wars of 1812 are Peter Pisano (guitars, vocals), Mei Ling Anderson (bass, vocals), Kenyon Rosewall (keyboards, vocals) and Bobby Maher (percussion, vocals). In 2006 the four friends came together in De Pere to record some music for fun. Over the course of five days, the quartet fashioned together a cohesive assemblage of songs that would later come to be titled "Status Quo Ante Bellum" (2008). In 2007 the band relocated to the Minneapolis and began creating a sound in a music scene they knew very little about.

City Pages named "Status Quo Ante Bellum" one of the Top 10 Local Albums of 2008, writing that "the nine tracks on this year's effort by the Wars of 1812 always go by too fast — a good sign that these young, burgeoning musicians know their way around a pop hook. After what was originally meant to be a one-off recording session, the four musicians in the Wars of 1812 decided that the album sounded so good that they had better form a band. Given their shared love of pop melodies and their solid list of influences (Wilco, Spoon, Paul Simon and of course, the Beatles), we're glad they did."

Cabin performances are free and open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, specialty coffee drinks and tea are sold at all evening programs. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

All performances are produced and managed completely by student members of The Cabin committee of the Student Senate's University Activities Commission. For a complete schedule, call the Activities and Programs office at 715-836-4833 or visit The Cabin Web site.

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