The long-awaited album from L.A.’s Eastern Conference Champions, “SPEAK-AHH,” finally arrives April 26, and its distinctive synthesis of twin-guitar atmospherics, aching narratives and rhythm-fueled urgency makes it a keeper. It’s been a steady climb and plenty of artistic growth for the trio since their last full-length, “Ameritown” (2007) — two highly regarded EPs, “Santa Fe” (2009) and “Akustiks” (2010), their contribution to the “Twilight” soundtrack series, a rewarding residency at the Satellite and a successful string of SXSW shows. (Read their exclusive SXSW tour diary.) To get fans pumped up for the forthcoming album, the Philadelphia-bred ECC is providing a sneak-peek by offering “Hurricane,” a pummeling yet melodic track laid in a meaty guitar foundation.
||| Download: “Hurricane”
||| Live: Eastern Conference Champions celebrate their album release with a show April 22 at the Echo featuring Hands and Hot As Sun.
||| Also: After the jump, grab their cover of Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” The trio is also asking fans to participate in the making of the music video. More info can be found here.