When longtime locals The Nobility’s brand-new The Secret of Blennerhassett Island showed up at the top of the ever-growing mail pile here at Scene headquarters, I thought to myself, “Oh great. I’m going to like this, and I’m going to write about it. But how am I going to describe this record without using words like 'playful,' 'brainy' and 'meticulous,' and how will I be able to put it in context without referencing ’60s, ’70s and contemporary baroque-pop, AM-pop and indie-pop artists like Paul McCartney, Emitt Rhodes, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, ELO and Richard Swift?” And here I sit, at a loss. Carefully arranged, miscellaneous instrumentation — horns, keys, strings, guitars and a whole slew of percussion — take care of the “meticulous” and “baroque-pop” parts. And the vocals — from Muppet-like “ooh,” “ahh” and “loh-loh-loh” BGVs to frontman Sean Williams’ ease in shifting from chest voice to falsetto — easily land in playful, brainy territory. So you got me, The Nobility (formerly Jetpack UK, and just Jetpack before that). I bow to your impressive consistency. Ten smackers will cover admission to tonight’s show and earn you a copy of Blennerhassett, and there will also be a “professionally DJ'd dance party.” —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Forever living up to their self-imposed title as "America's most convivial rock band," The Nobility is also offering two separate ringtones featuring backing vocals from two Blennerhassett songs. You'll have to pick between the hot "yah-yah-yahs" of "Everybody Says It's Funny" and the "fah-fah-fahs" of "Best Day of My Life." Or hell, just download them both as a zip. See the video for "Best Day of My Life" after the jump.