The 65’s formed in 2009 in Rutherford, NJ when Joe Pugsley and John Steele, both veterans of the NY/NJ music scene who were playing at the time in the since defunct alt-country band The Dark Brothers, recruited some friends to record a collection of songs that Joe had wanted to release for some time, but had never been properly recorded. The songs were a mix of aggressive punk influenced pop songs, acoustic tracks, and mid-tempo straightforward rock n roll.
After spending most of 2009 and 2010 recording and performing locally, they signed with Dromedary Records to release their well received first full length LP ‘Strike Hard!’ in December 2011 – the record was dubbed one of Indie Rock Cafe’s Best New Releases of 2011 along with Jonsi and Josh Ritter. A video for the first single “Walk On Selfishly” came soon after in early 2012, premiered by Magnet Magazine. They spent the rest of the year performing in and around the northeast in support of the album while working on new material for future release. In 2013, they released “I Got You”, a 4 song EP along with another video for the newly formed Pyrrhic Victory Recordings record label/collective.
The band’s tempo slowed somewhat after the “I Got You” EP as Joe and John began working on other musical projects, both performing and releasing music together as the rhythm section for Kingston NY based surf/punk band Galanos, and Ryan continuing his work with NJ punk band When Thieves Are About, as well as an upcoming solo project. They continued to write and record during this period however, with the end result being November 2015’s “New Fun Hell”, a digital only 3 song release with an accompanying video for the lead track “Hold On Tight”. This EP found the band moving away somewhat from their softer side, and more towards their driving, punk inspired sounds and sensibilities.
The band is now excited to announce they are working on their 2nd full length, and are releasing 2 of the new tracks 5.23.17, via a Limited Edition picture lathe cut 7” for the lead track “Wolves and Men”, as well as a CD which will include the new tracks “Wolves and Men” & “As My Body Numbs”, as well as the three songs from “New Fun Hell”, which had yet to see a physical release until now.
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