Bio: Retisonic is Jason Farrell [Bluetip, Swiz], Joe Gorelick [Garden Variety], and Jim Kimball [J.Majesty]. Together they share a diverse set of influences [The Damned, Cheap Trick, Queens of the Stone Age, Gary Numan, The Police, Minor Threat…] and write songs that keep up the intensity of their previous bands with an added emphasis on melody and harmony. Their six-song debut EP, Lean Beat, was released worldwide in the fall of 2002 through the efforts of Silverthree Sound Recordings [U.S.], Modern City Records [Europe], and Inherited Alliance [Japan]. Produced by J. Robbins [Jimmy Eat World, Jets to Brazil, Burning Airlines], it showcased Retisonic’s sound and style to rave reviews: NME, Alternative Press, and Rock Sound each gave 8 out of 10 stars while Kerrang!!! gave 5 out of 5 K’s, calling Lean Beat “a classic.”
Following Lean Beat’s release, Retisonic toured Europe and criss-crossed the states, including dates with Nada Surf, Fugazi, and a full U.S. tour as direct support for Jets to Brazil. College and specialty radio quickly picked up on the band as stations across the U.S. started spinning their songs, keeping Lean Beat in the CMJ top 200 for six weeks. In December, FMQB chose Retisonic as a top 10 Editors’ pick for 2003 specialty radio. Between tours the band continued to write, honing songs for their first full-length.
At the end of 2003, Retisonic headed into the studio with producer Ian Love [Cardia, Rival Schools] to create Return To Me. Retisonic once again joined up with Silverthree to bring the new CD to the masses, while Modern City released a special European 12" vinyl version of the album. Kerrang!!! applauded the band’s “astute lyrical observations and lurching guitars that make you welcome releases like this with open arms,” giving the album a 4 out of 5. “More hooks than a pirate convention,” quipped NME, while Amplifier claimed Retisonic’s “unbeatable combination of shimmering pop and shuddering punk makes an irresistible and potent sonic cocktail.” The folks over at Viva La Bam [MTV] liked it so much they prominently featured three songs off the album in multiple episodes. As Return To Me climbed to a respectable #78 on the CMJ top 200, Retisonic’s self-directed video for the single “K-16” aired in video programs across the country alongside such stiff competition as The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, and Morrisey.
The subsequent touring in support of their album took Retisonic acro