Halo Benders

The Rebels Not In (KLP081)

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This week in heaven W. Shakespeare and M. Proust are having a no holds bard shoving match to determine who holds the title of literary progenitor of the otherwise completely fresh and original guitar stylings of Doug Martsch (Built to Spill, Treepeople) and the current set of Halo Benders recordings.

On this album Doug wails away on guitar and voice, accompanied by Calvin Johnson (also guitar and voice, but with a strong Jackson Pollock influence), Ralf Youtz (playing drums and guitar) and Wayne Flower (bass and drum). Steve Fisk also makes his customary appearance on keyboards, playing on various songs organ, synthesizer, harmonium and theremin. Heather Dunn (Dub Narcotic Sound System) makes a brief guest appearance on guitar.

The songs here are golden, the ultimate expression of the Halo Benders aesthetic, drum guitar vocal weave.

The digital version of this album is available from Bandcamp.

  1. Virginia Reel Around the Fountain
  2. Your Asterisk
  3. Lonesome Sundown
  4. Devil City Destiny
  5. Bury Me
  6. Surfers Haze
  7. Do That Thing
  8. Love Travels Faster
  9. Turn It My Way
  10. Rebels Got a Hole In It
  11. Foggy Bottom