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My friend John and I used to live a few blocks apart from each other in Sommerville, MA. At the time we both owned TASCAM DA-38's and we began a habit of meeting each other in the morning and trading a master tape back and forth. I'd add something and then he would add something and so forth. It was really done just for fun but then the very encouraging label owner of Scientific Records heard it and put it out.

We called ourselves 'The Junior Communists Club' and are available on iTunes. John is currently behind the Submarines.

The Submarines

The Submarines

The picture above is John & I as The Junior Communist Club.

The Submarines are an indie pop band from Los Angeles, California.

Band history

Working as solo artists in Boston, the two members of the band, John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, were introduced through a mutual friend. Dragonetti and Hazard became partners and soon toured Europe together as members of the band. The relationship lasted for four years, but ended in the fall of 2004 when the pair moved to L.A. After the break-up, both Hazard and Dragonetti continued writing songs, and because Hazard still recorded her music in Dragonetti's home studio, the pair quickly discovered the songs they had written were about each other and their sadness in having broken up. Knowing this, the duo decided to work on a few songs together and eventually got back together. The songs that they had worked on together were mastered for the couple as a wedding present, and those tracks eventually became their first album. Hazard, who is the great-granddaughter of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, has said of the relationship, "It’s hard, definitely hard. Luckily we are like-minded aesthetically and musically." Declare a New State!, The Submarines' first album was released in 2006 on the Nettwerk label.

Blake attended the Putney School in southern Vermont, south of her hometown Burlington.

The Submarines covered The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" for American Laundromat Records tribute compilation "Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure". The Wedding Present, Joy Zipper, Dean & Britta, and The Rosebuds also contributed tracks to the project. The tribute's official release date is January 27, 2009.

Winner of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards: Best Film/TV Song "You Me and the Bourgeoisie", used in Apple's iPhone 3GS ad.

In popular media

In season 4 finale of Nip/Tuck, the song "Brighter Discontent" was lip synced by the lead actors of the show. The duo recorded a cover version of Little Boxes for the second season of Weeds. The Submarines contributed a version of "My Darling Clementine" to the Nettwerk compilation For The Kids Three! released October 2, 2007. “Brightest Hour” from Honeysuckle Weeks also appeared on Grey's Anatomy Season 4 Episode 14 - "The Becoming" during a scene in which Derek asks Meredith whether or not she wants him to stay with her to watch a patient over night rather than go home with Rose. “Wake Up Song” from Honeysuckle Weeks was featured in the second season of the CW series Gossip Girl. Additionally, the group's song "Xavia" was featured on the soundtrack for the film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. The songs "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie" and "Submarine Symphonika" were used in Apple commercials for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, with Submarine Symphonika using the Swedish Rhapsody Numbers Station throughout its song. An instrumental version of "Modern Inventions" from the album "Declare a New State!" was used for the end credits of the documentary "The Pixar Story." The Submarine's song "You Me And The Bourgeoisie" is featured as one of the available free tracks for download on the iPhone app Tap Tap Revenge 3. Their song "Modern Inventions" was used in the Mozilla Seabird concept video, created by Billy May.

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