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Behind Bars

by Patti Rothberg

Behind Bars is a pop metal fantasy written about the ambivalence of life as a bartender to support one's music which harkens back to a long gone New York rock scene which exists today only in the minds and hears of musicians who are still supporting themselves behind the bar.
Genre: Rock: Riot Grrrl
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Scratch
2:48 album only
2. Behind Bars
2:30 album only
3. Tulips
3:54 album only
4. Predictable Surprise
3:32 album only
5. Nightstand
3:14 album only
6. Meta-Sin
3:26 album only
7. Drug Me
3:32 album only
8. Romanticize
3:46 album only
9. Dancing on Your Grave (Pure Evil)
2:34 album only
10. Set in My Ways
3:16 album only
11. Crumb Sandwiches
3:46 album only
12. Punch the Clock
1:51 album only
13. The Brain Between Your Thighs
1:53 album only
14. Pretentious
2:35 album only
15. Sign
2:07 album only
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Album Notes
What makes Behind Bars so uniquely cool is the 20 year time span over which it was recorded! It shows how the artist and her writing has changed over the years, along with the production values that go along with "cutting edge" technology and trends which also affect and change the music, even though this was specifically intended to tribute a relatively SMALL window of time when metal NYC ruled the clubs.
When Patti Rothberg bought her signature flowered strat at only 17, she started composing for a band yet to exist which was heavier than what she had been writing in her EMI days. This is in part due to the fact that up to then she only played and sang in a Rod Stewart band and wasn't sure how to form the ultimate rock n roll loud band she'd always wanted. Summer of 1995, Patti played all the instruments (including her souped up hot rail strat) herself along with a few guest star players (most importantly Adrian Harpham...who "got it" and played everything from The Pretenders to Zeppelin.... and is featured on Patti's
debut record (the track This One's Mine really shows how Patti wanted to break out from behind the bars of whoever she was supposed to be and become who she is today). Also playing on the album are Andy Hess (bass), Adam Chalk (keys)...but mostlybass, keyboards and (acoustic) guitars played by Patti. Freddie Katz was dressed from head to toe 1980s doing sound from his purple Fizzy jeans to his huge silver hoop earrings...She instinctively knew that he would be the one to help her make the transition from a songwriter with an acousticguitar to a rock writer with crunchy, band oriented hooks. The resulting album was Candelabra Cadabra. Some of Patti's original fans were surprised by what sounded like a sudden change in an artist they thought they knew, but Behind Bars (The title track recorded in one of many BIG 2 in. track studios which closed), Avatar) was actually recorded by Freddie (Gary Strauss on drums, Jesse Krakow bass)...She wanted to make a jailbreak from the sound she inadvertantly created.. and be free to be LOUD as she always wanted to be. The track was set aside for later, and never made an album...until Patti met Lyle Puente in 2011 (Black Widow, Ulterior Motives, Ephemeral), and Behind Bars was finally able to be fully realized with its big drums, righteous rhymes and most importantly, a tribute to a domestic violence case, the protagonist of belongs BEHIND BARS. Patti Rothberg hopes to raise awareness of the trauma which continues in victims long after their "Statute of Limitations" clock runs out.....A special guest does a duet with Patti in all its metal fury showing the lack of fairness in our justice system. Aside from the serious underpainting, Behind bars is fun, loud and you can sing along with it in the car. Photos by Gary Barton, Mastering by Jon Gordon. ALL song by Patti Rothberg.



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