Bon Savants leader Thomas Moran left his post as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to prep for the release of his band's debut, "Post Rock Defends the Nation."

Bon Savants leader Thomas Moran left his post as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to prep for the release of his band's debut, "Post Rock Defends the Nation." A catchy mix of atmospheric rock/pop, the self-released, self-financed album will be issued Nov. 7 in the United States, and Moran is getting anxious.

"By 'financed' that means I'm deeply and irrevocably in debt," he says. "I actually considered calling our vanity imprint Tom's 401(k), since it's what used to be my 401(k). But if things don't go well, I can be back at my job in December."

That shouldn't be a problem, as the band's spacey, British-inspired guitar rock will be serviced to U.S. retailers via Junketboy, the independent distribution arm of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, and sent to college radio by Cornerstone Promotion. The album was produced by Bill Racine, who recently worked with Sub Pop act Rogue Wave, and the Bon Savants will tour the United States this winter. As for a label, Moran has been a bit too overwhelmed to worry about it. "This is already so far beyond any expectations we had," he says.

Contact: Thomas Moran, biz@bonsavants.com

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