Arrivals & Departures
The Courtesy Line is a 5-piece indie-pop band from Baltimore, Maryland. Formed in the summer of 2006 as a 2-piece acoustic duo, Mark Baldwin and Michael Cheman wrote songs in the backyard of Baldwin's parent's home in suburban Maryland. Joined a few months later by Wayne Ward on bass, it became clear to the three that a drummer would be needed to take the band in a more versatile direction. Coincidentally, Mike Borlik was found on a craigslist post by Cheman. Borlik had been known by Baldwin and Ward since high school due to his involvement with a handful of musical projects that had crossed their respective paths. Keegan Mills was brought on to add keys and backup vocals for The Courtesy Line's first performance and appeared on stage a few times with the band until it was clear that Mills offered something indispensable. The members of The Courtesy Line come from a diverse musical background, fueling each other's creativity in ways that are totally unpredictable and have lead to an amalgam of musical choices while songwriting. They have managed to blend seemingly different musical styles into a coherent mixture that works. The Courtesy Line have a sound that lends itself to a broad range of listeners. 'Arrivals & Departures', the first full length by The Courtesy Line, is evidence of this fact. Praise for The Courtesy Line: 'The 5 piece...perform quick punchy numbers full of that wistfulness from the early 90's alternative era when Belly, Nada Surf, and Teenage Fanclub received regular radio rotation.' The Courtesy Line is '...fun to watch...' - Matthew Smith, Delusions of Adequacy 'Keep an eye on The Courtesy Line. Their music is marked with memorable melodies and tight, thick instrumentation.' - Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun; Baltimore Unsigned (WTMD) 'The Courtesy Line have a crisp indie sound with strong vocals.' - Simon, Pasta Primavera Music Blog 'Plague-catchy' - The Baltimore City Paper.