The 442s will celebrate the release of their first album with a live performance at 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the Rialto Ballroom of the Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center.
The eclectic, mostly instrumental quartet is comprised of two members of singer Erin Bode's band, bassist Sydney Rodway (who's also Bode's husband) and multi-instrumentalist Adam Maness, plus two members of the St. Louis Symphony, cellist Bjorn Ranheim and violinist Shawn Weil.
Financed via Kickstarter, their self-titled album (pictured) features 13 tracks composed by Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel, in collaboration with the rest of the group.
Adding a family feeling to the proceedings, Erin Bode performs on two tracks as a guest, as does flute player Judy Ranheim, aka Bjorn Ranheim's mother. The recording was engineered by Paul Hennerich of the Pan Galactic Company over six days this past December and January at Shock City Studios in St. Louis.
You can hear streaming audio samples from the album for free on The 442s' Bandcamp page, and purchase it as a digital download there, from the band's website, or on Amazon, Spotify or iTunes. A physical CD also will be available, but not until after the album release event.
Tickets for The 442s album release event are priced at, appropriately enough, $4.42 each, and are on sale now.