In fall 2005 Nashville kitchen-sink pop collaborators De Novo Dahl were in a good spot. Their first full-length, Cats & Kittens, was cruising out on nationwide distribution and earning positive press in Pitchfork and Spin. But just as their stars seemed to align, half the band quit all in the same week. Each of the exiting band members had his reasons (pursuing his own music, school, getting married and settling down), but De Novo Dahl were a band of six highly creative individuals who also shared a house and locals wondered whether, like an episode of Real World: East Nashville, creative tensions flared and people just stopped being polite. No matter: Just listen to the dreamy song "Shout" on the band's MySpace page (myspace.com /denovodahl). A tune that's as folky as it is indebted to '60s pop, "Shout" mixes the frenetic energy of Arcade Fire with the sunny optimism of a Polyphonic Spree song. The now-quintet's new record is expected this year on big-label Roadrunner Records.
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