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by 34 Satellite

A great indie pop/rock band with a touch of southern accent. Like a wild road trip with friends, as glimpses of great musicians pass by in the rerview: The Wallflowers, Guided By Voices, The Replacements, and Death Cab For Cutie.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Elijah St. Marie
5:57 album only
2. Get Out Alive
3:05 album only
3. Your Coming In Clearer
3:37 album only
4. Longest Day
3:38 album only
5. Stop
5:11 album only
6. Charleston
4:23 album only
7. There Is Gonna Be A Problem
2:41 album only
8. Caroline
3:39 album only
9. Smoke From A Funeral
4:43 album only
10. Rock Stars Plastic Cars
3:10 album only
11. Getting High With A Stranger
3:47 album only
12. Nineteen
3:09 album only
13. Spaceman
4:34 album only


Album Notes
Check out the 34 Satellite E-Card ... it rocks!

34 Satellite STOP was awarded the "2002 Best Power-Pop Recording" by the Denver Westword.

"34 Satellite shine truer and brighter than the trite bands and pop stars that falsely glitter and litter the musical universe."
-- Amplifier Magazine

"34 Satellite's songs come from the perspective of dreamers, travelers, and the broken-hearted. In other words, real people who have real hopes, fears, problems, and stories. But also it works because - plain and simple - it rocks."
-- PopMatters Magazine - Chicago, IL

"Benning's smart, sharp lyrics and the band's infectious pop-rock sonic blast set it apart from the hot running pack."
-- The Flagepole - Athens, GA

34 Satellite are living in the right now.

Their music makes you wonder what it might be like to walk in their shoes, to be where they are, living the late night and isolation and camaraderie of a rock bank. It's the sound of opening doors, traffic lights, and electricity. The individual roadmaps that brought the band together were full of twists and turns, but became meaningless at their first show at TT the Bears in Boston.

Guitarist Marc Smith brought his black Gibson ES 135, bassist Mike Santoro brought his Fender P Bass, and drummer Mark Boquist brought the loudest snare he could find. Marc Benning brought the words and the voice.

So what was it that pulled them together? Listen to the song "Wishing Well", from their 2000 release "Radar". Straightforward lyrics mask the complex emotions underneath, while explosions of distorted guitars and drums burst free. Benning's teeth-clenched vocals express the kind of pain that makes hope itself agonizing. The song hints a connection to other mavericks - from the Beatles to Crazy Horse to the Flaming Lips - and speaks so forcefully that it's hard to imagine any other band attempting it. 34 Satellite makes this type of colossal sound. It's earned that vast territory through a great deal of hard work and the luck of each member finding one another.

"Radar" was enthusiastically welcomed by both college and AA radio, and tracked at over 200 stations nationwide. The band spent eight months of that year in a Ford van, and their touring ethic paid off. From The Mint in LA, to Cat's Cradle in N.C., to Arlene's Grocery in NYC (where they completed a month-long residency), touring has honed the band's sound and focused their direction. New friends were made, including the esteemed producers Dave McNair (Arc Angeles, Los Super Seven) and John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Buffalo Tom). Both helmed the boards for 34 Satellite's new cd, entitled "Stop".

To be released in February of 2002, "Stop" is the product of this band's work ethic and the realization of their vision. With intimate lyrics, wide-open arrangements, and champion guitars, this is rock and roll in the best sense.

Local and Nation Press Speak Out on 34 Satellite:

"Benning may be doomed to bachelorhood, but his music is the better for it."
-- VH1.com

"34 Satellite does the bash-and-pop thing with amazing aplomb."
-- Raleight New and Observer - Raleigh, NC

"Literate, hook-filled guitar rock"
-- Post-Star - Glenn Falls, NY

"A Near perfect marriage of melody and beat."
-- New York Post - New York, NY

"The songwriter knows how to construct a melody, and has a flair for the memorable touch."
-- Washington Post - Washinton, DC

"34 Satellite sounds like a remedy for a punk-rock hangover."
-- Tribune Review - Greensburg, PA

"Marc Benning is able to write songs that sound like the most precious recountings of a rock god."
-- The Weekly Alibi - Albuquerque, NM

"Sizzling guitar-solo-studded material mingles here with viola and piano-driven numbers, creating plenty of atmospheric and stylistic depth."
-- Uptown Magazine - Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

"A smart, straightforward sonic blast."
-- Nashville Rage - Nashville, TN

"Rock, pop, emo, and even orchestral instrumentals for thos classical electronica fans willing to brave a self-professed rock band."
-- Pittsburgh News - Pittsburgh, PA



to write a review

C. Bottomley - Vh1.com

34 Satellite: Stop
Songwriter Marc Benning says 34 Satellite’s second album of guitar pop was born of heartbreak. But if Stop chronicles a domestic dissolution, perhaps it was Benning's automotive obsession that brought it on. “Charleston” is a perfect driving rocker. It has a town's name for a title and mentions the blue sky overhead, while a rhythm section comprised of a former Screaming Trees drummer and Whiskeytown bassist create a solid rhythmic chassis. On “There is Gonna Be a Problem,” the hot-rod references return. “I bought the car for you, because you’re moving way too fast,” Benning sings. “You always need your wheels when you’re trying to get away.” If Benning’s behind the wheel, though, there’s always vintage stuff in the dashboard stereo. His guitar intertwines with Mark Smith’s on “Your [sic] Coming in Clearer," which boasts a whining “Layla” coda, and the chugging power chords of “Longest Day” pull up short for a neat orchestral interlude a la the Beatles. A guy who spends as much time with his record collection as he does under the hood? Benning may be doomed to bachelorhood, but his music is the better for it.

Shiloah Estolloso Matic - Amplifier Magazine

These Satellites Are Stars
34 Satellite is, as one of their lyrics says, “closing in on something beautiful.” Vocalist and songwriter Marc Benning uses intricate instrumentation to translate moments of frustration, alienation, longing and humanity into songs that hit you deep but take you high. “Smoke From a Funeral” starts with a scream and decrescendos into introspection; the dizzying, distorted intro doesn’t prepare you for the quiet pain of the rest of the song, like a strong façade that hides an internal brokenness. In “Elijah St. Marie” and “Stop”, plaintive melodies escalate into sforzandos as repressed suffering explodes into expressions of powerful emotion. The lyrics are not so much poetry as colloquy. Benning says that “songwriting is like having a totally honest conversation with a stranger at a bar; you somehow feel better in the morning, more connected.” “Stop” recognizes that in this “great big world,” what we all need is “somebody to talk to” because “it’s hard when it hurts and it’s gonna hurt sometimes.” 34 Satellite shine truer and brighter than the trite bands and pop stars that falsely glitter and littler the musical universe. With a second album as well fashioned as their debut effort, there’s no stopping them now.

Randy Harward - Cmj New Music Report

34 Satellite: Stop
It's a kick to watch the twang leak out of so many "alt-country" group's sounds as a new strain of great pop songwriting usurps hipster appeal. To be fair, 34 Satellite has never been a mandolin-pluckin', Merle-lovin' alt-country outfit, but an underlying twang on 1999's "Stars" was enough to brand them as such, at least until further examination (or another album, say, 200's transitional disc "Radar"). "Stop", the Colorado rockers' third effort, is free of hickster residue; it's a power-pop platter crammed with singer/guitarist/songwriter Marc Benning's vibrant, invigorating rockers (of which there are many: the 'Mats-y "Getting High With A Stranger", "Get Out Alive", "Caroline", plus the pumping "There Is Gonna Be A Problem" and a sprinkling of wistful ballads ("Smoke From A Funeral", "Spaceman"). Benning infuses these tunes with a blue-collar literacy and melodic finesse for accessibility. "Stop", as a title, is contradictory; 34 Satellite has just hit its stride.

Robert L. Doerschuk

AMG Expert Review: 34 Satellite - Stop
The grit of 34 Satellite's debut album carries over on Stop, but here it serves as the energizing ingredient in a welter of Wall of Sound, throwback grunge, and sharp-eared pop tunefulness. Marc Smith's guitar focuses and ultimately defines the band's sound, from the gentle arpeggiated intro and explosive follow-up on "Elijah St. Marie" to the carefully crafted lines that lace through "Charleston"; an Edge influence shows in Smith's pursuit of maximum effect through minimal gestures, but Smith isn't above throwing in the occasional screaming lick as well. Around this core the band builds their arrangements, at times with barely audible synth additions, as on "Charleston," but most dramatically in the string quartet that rises like a seductive apparition from Mark Boquist's no-nonsense backbeat on "Longest Day." Overall 34 Satellite plays with enthusiasm tempered only slightly by premonitions of maturity; Marc Benning shows a developing ability to write and deliver real-world lyrics, and the band's consistency at framing his performance suggests that this combination has real staying power. They know how to rock without blowing all their energy or overwhelming their material. Tom Petty and R.E.M. learned this same lesson early in their careers, a fact that confirms Stop as a solid second step.


Once again ... a great album from 34 Satellite!
I bought 34 Satellite's previous release, "Radar", and became a fan of the band immediately. After buying and listening to "Stop", I am now a die-hard fan. Their musical fingerprint continues to develop and the songwriting once again is a marvel. "Stop" makes my Top 10 albums of 2002 list already.


34 Satellite: Stop
Though they're getting inexplicably linked to the No Depression renegade country rock scene, 34 Satellite are better compared to hard-hitting pop-inspired rock and roll bands like Buffalo Tom. With catchy melodies and guitar parts, strong drumming and dynamic highs and lows, "Stop," the band's second disc, is an engaging listen and suggests 34 Satellite is a band to watch.