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The Rails

Meet the Band: Jeremy Willets (vocals, guitar), Drew Doman (guitar, vocals), Chris Scianna (bass), and Larry Glicken (drums)

Off the Rails: In the late '90s, Doman (pictured, right) was Willets' guitar teacher. In 2001 they formed the Rails, rolling through numerous rhythm sections. Scianna and Glicken joined a year ago. The melodic alt-rockers have released two albums — 2006's Life's a Lonely Ride and 2009's Parallel Movements — and are working on new material while gigging around town.

He's Just Happy to See You: With their rhythm section now in place, the Rails are getting back to performing live again. But Willets prefers to hide his enthusiasm. "Just before the opening song at our most recent gig, I bent over to tweak my guitar pedal and ripped a giant hole in the crotch of my jeans. I don't think anyone noticed, but I wore my guitar a little lower than usual for the entirety of our set."

Cruise Control: The band writes songs to be blasted "with the car windows down at 5 o'clock on a Friday afternoon as you fly over the Innerbelt," says Willets. "When faced with that scenario, you suddenly don't care as much about the horrible stuff going on in the world or your life."

Why You Should Hear Them:

The Rails' pretension-free indie rock sounds like the basis for a whole wave of nostalgic hipsters. There's some R.E.M.-style jangle here, sprinkled with a dash of the big alt-pop hooks that made '90s modern rock so popular.

Where You Can Hear Them: railsrailsrails.com. — Michael Gallucci

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