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Don't Pump The Swingset

by The Bradburys

Midwestern Power Pop at it's BEST!
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Shout It!
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2. Mary Goes Around
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3. Perfume Counter Girl
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4. She's From Liverpool
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5. My Big Hello
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6. Go-Go
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7. Killing Time
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8. I Love It When It Snows!
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Album Notes
The Bradburys’ recently released Don’t Pump The Swingset was actually recorded some time ago, having been one of the last projects produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes at Short Order Recorder before the facility closed down. The E.P.’s five songs and three bonus tracks typify a power pop band that has been fascinated with unrequited love ever since some of its members performed in an earlier group called The Steppingstones. Clever lyrics bring these believable romantic tales to life, and having all four band members sing results in some sophisticated harmonies and vocal arrangements. The flighty title character of the energetic “Mary Goes Around” is so busy bouncing from one boyfriend to another she might as well be a galaxy away from the guy who believes he’s the one for her. Closer to home, the appealing 1960s style pop of “She’s From Liverpool” deals with a fashion-conscious young lady who listens to E.L.O. and seems destined to be become a superstar. On the punchier “Perfume Counter Girl,” The Bradburys blend garage and psychedelic rock while describing an enticing retail employee who attracts more admirers than customers. The high-speed “Shout It!” presents the unbridled joy of a guy who actually finds a true relationship. When the back-up vocalists ask, “Is she the real thing?” the lead singer responds, “Yes, I’m sure she is,” and declares he’ll go out of his mind if he doesn’t kiss her. “My Big Hello” is another power pop gem that celebrates the thrill of a new romance. The bonus tracks on Don’t Pump The Swingset offer additional dimensions to The Bradburys’ approach. Bassist-vocalist Jake Blake’s previously unreleased light rock song “Killing Time” is a complete departure from the power pop genre, while “Go-Go,” taken from the Introducing The Bradburys LP, suggests that sometimes physical attraction isn’t so innocent. “I Love It When It Snows” was one of several first-rate original songs on Hi-Fi Christmas, a various artists compilation put together by rhythm guitarist-vocalist Dan Pavelich in 2002 to help fund research for a cure for Willibrand’s Disease. Now that Don’t Pump The Swingset has been sprung from the vault, The Bradburys are busy working on a full-length CD they hope to release in the near future. Terrence Flamm/Brokenheartedtoy.com

"Brand new release from Dan Pavelich and mates! Produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes - and boy, is his stamp all over it! The Bradburys emerged from the wreckage of two great Chicago bands; The Steppingstones and The Good. Bent on carrying the power pop torch set alight by other legendary Mid-West pop bands (there must be something in the water that gives bands so much talent) like Material Issue, Shoes, Off Broadway, and Cheap Trick, their latest is a wonderful blast of enthusiastic vocals, crunchy guitars and big drums. Unforgettable choruses abound, especially on the Shoes meets The Romantics-like "Shout It!" A welcome return to classic songwriting and four-piece rock combos. Features five brand new tunes along with "Go-Go" from their "Introducing The Bradburys" release, "I Love It When It Snows" from the "Hi-Fi Christmas" collection, and "Killing Time," which is an unreleased demon from band member Jake Blake. Bursting with melody, this new effort from Waukegan's finest continues in the style and tradition of Mid-West pop as we know it - straightforward, solid, lots of jangly rhythm guitar, tasty solos, great harmony vocals and lyrics of boy meets girl, looses girl, gets cheated on by girl, and generally gets in emotional mess about girl. Perfect harmonies, sweet melodies, and heartfelt emotion are the order of the day here. This distinctive and fairly rigid pattern has also given their music a certain timelessness - and this new effort sounds like they've never missed a beat! All in all simply a collection of solid, beautifully uncomplicated and timeless pop songs that are as infectious as it gets. Packed with great songs, there is really not one false note on this entire CD. Great! Enjoy!"
Max Humphries/KoolKatMusik.com

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Rudy

Too short.
I'm only giving this three stars because it's TOO SHORT! The tunes are classic powerpop like Material Issue, Shoes, etc....but only five are brand new. Still, if you don't have any Bradbury's in your collection, get this.
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Max Humphries/KoolKatMusik.com

Bursting with melody!
Brand new release from Dan Pavelich and mates! Produced by Jeff Murphy of The Shoes - and boy, is his stamp all over it! The Bradburys emerged from the wreckage of two great Chicago bands; The Steppingstones and The Good. Bent on carrying the power pop torch set alight by other legendary Mid-West pop bands (there must be something in the water that gives bands so much talent) like Material Issue, Shoes, Off Broadway, and Cheap Trick, their latest is a wonderful blast of enthusiastic vocals, crunchy guitars and big drums. Unforgettable choruses abound, especially on the Shoes meets The Romantics-like "Shout It!" A welcome return to classic songwriting and four-piece rock combos. Features five brand new tunes along with "Go-Go" from their "Introducing The Bradburys" release, "I Love It When It Snows" from the "Hi-Fi Christmas" collection, and "Killing Time," which is an unreleased demon from band member Jake Blake. "Bursting with melody, this new effort from Waukegan's finest continues in the style and tradition of Mid-West pop as we know it - straightforward, solid, lots of jangly rhythm guitar, tasty solos, great harmony vocals and lyrics of boy meets girl, looses girl, gets cheated on by girl, and generally gets in emotional mess about girl. Perfect harmonies, sweet melodies, and heartfelt emotion are the order of the day here. This distinctive and fairly rigid pattern has also given their music a certain timelessness - and this new effort sounds like they've never missed a beat! All in all simply a collection of solid, beautifully uncomplicated and timeless pop songs that are as infectious as it gets. Packed with great songs, there is really not one false note on this entire CD. Great! Enjoy!"
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Klatuu456

Finally, a melody
I don't know about F.O.W/S,mithereens/Material Issue. To me, these midwestern dudes sound like prime Badfinger. Great musicianship playing catchy tunes.
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Gundersen

Where have you been hiding?
Where have you been hiding, Bradburys? Never heard of you until a friend played me "Mary Goes Around." I thought it sounded alot like my favorite band of all time, Material Issue. Needles to say I downloaded the whole CD. Way to go!
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