“We fell in love with the southern California duo at SXSW this year…” – Paper Magazine
"And that’s the Submarines’ secret appeal: They specialize in the sneaky juxtaposition of dark thoughts over bright hooks. Rarely does postmillennial pop music sound so energetic and balanced in its contradictions." – Paste
"...the music's dichotomies combine to create something beautiful and whole." – Nylon
The Submarines are an indie pop group based in Los Angeles, comprising John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, who initially crossed paths while working as solo artists in Boston. Introduced by mutual friends, the pair soon became musically and romantically involved. If their 2006 debut, Declare A New State, was a biographical recounting of their break-up and eventual reconciliation, 2008‘s Honeysuckle Weeks was an ode to the irrepressible mystery and magnificence of love’s newness; themes of blossoming gardens, life and love were woven together by vintage pop, intricately layered electronica and old school-dub. The album launched the Subs into the global slipstream, as their songs appeared everywhere -- from television (Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy) and film (Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist) to multiple spots for Apple’s iPhone. The band toured North America and Europe extensively, sharing a stage with the likes of The Morning Benders, Aimee Mann, and Eels. Their latest album, Love Notes / Letter Bombs, was released in 2011. John and Blake have recently taken some time away from the band; Blake released a solo record, and John has scored multiple films and TV shows.