The 1981 are an Oakland duo consisting of Adam Widener and Bobby Martinez. Their debut album, “Move On”, is a buzzy power pop record with layers of guitars, synths, organs and vocals over a melancholy ache.
Influenced by the Jesus and Mary Chain’s fuzzed guitars and sweet melodies as well as Comet Gain’s jangle punk narratives, the band plays a pleasant and enjoyable brand of hook driven indie pop.
“Move On” was recorded as it was written by Widener and Martinez in their rehearsal studio before recruiting Phil Lantz (Neutrals, Chime School) to re-record drums on several tracks. The record was sent to the Southern Hemisphere for Matt Bullimore (ex-Legs, ex-Mantles) to mix in Christchurch, New Zealand and Mikey Young (Eddy Current) to master in Melbourne, Australia.
released August 18, 2023
The 1981 are:
Adam Widener - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keys
Bobby Martinez - keys, synth, vocals, guitar
Colin McDonald - bass, vocals
Phil Lantz played drums on “Notebook,” “In Your Eyes,”
and “Make It Right.”
Yea-Ming Chen sang on “In Your Eyes.”
Matt Bullimore played synth bass on "Make It Right"
Recorded by the 1981 in Oakland, CA.
Mixed by Matt Bullimore at Terror Castle in Christchurch, New
Mastered by Mikey Young in Melbourne, Australia