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Rock 'n' Ruin!

by Paul Santori's Random Opponent

Tales of urban grit juxtaposed with surreal lyricism told in the singular voice of a singer-songwriter birthed in the streets of small-town New Jersey and hardened in the crucible of the alleys and subways of Chicago.
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walk Inside My Head
3:43 $0.99
2. Another Anthem
3:53 $0.99
3. Your Side of the Bed
3:06 $0.99
4. 6 Long Years
4:11 $0.99
5. Turn Away
2:38 $0.99
6. Pieces of the Game
3:52 $0.99
7. The Party
4:56 $0.99
8. 4 & 20
3:34 album only
9. Endless Night
3:40 $0.99
10. Manchester Airs
3:15 $0.99
11. The Empty Suit
3:38 $0.99
12. Eyes Have Seen
6:52 $0.99
13. Watching Donnie Darko and Eating Chinese Food
2:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Paul Santori is a singer-songwriter who came up in the streets of the streets of New Jersey and refined his craft busking on the sidewalks and subway platforms of Chicago and jamming with blues veterans on Chicago's South Side. Lyrically, Santori counts influences ranging everywhere from Robert Johnson and Hank Williams to Lou Reed, Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain and John Lydon among others. Musically, the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, Joy Division, the Sex Pistols and Nirvana figure as influential, however, Santori has absorbed these influences emerging with a sound which, while rooted in the post-punk and alternative canon, never-the-less finds a distinct voice. His lyrical content is taken almost entirely from deeply personal, sometimes painful, experiences although Santori frequently relates these experiences in darkly humorous terms and, increasingly, finds inspiration from his relationship with his life partner which has resulted in works of a more lyrical, poetic quality. Everywhere in the work can be found a love for and intelligent use of language, combining the argot of the streets with a solid background of literacy gleaned from Santori's years as a student of the arts.

Santori's current release, "Rock 'n' Ruin", contains work from his earliest days as a song-writer to the present and taken as an entirety paints a self-portrait. Songs such as "The Party", "6 Long Years" and "Pieces of the Game" are more obviously auto-biographical (while also, as with much of his material, providing a philosophical viewpoint, a worldview) while songs such as "Manchester Airs" and "The Empty Suit" defy convenient categorization. Santori's love and admiration for his rock roots shine forth in exuberant anthems such as "Turn Away" and "Watching Donnie Darko and Eating Chinese Food" while he turns a deft hand at turning out ballads such as the pure pop "Your Side of the Bed" and the steamy "Endless Night" (featuring a ripping guitar solo that displays Santori's chops as a guitar player to be reckoned with). He ventures into his darkest and perhaps most profound territory in the brooding "Eyes Have Seen" and shows his interpretive powers in his reworking of Stephen Stills' "4 & 20" from a lyrical, introspective folk ballad into a howl of existential despair. Providing support musically is James Colvin on bass, a talented guitarist and songwriter in his own right whose melodic, chordal style complements Santori's gritty, urban delivery. On drums is Anthony Inglimo, an up and coming virtuoso whose alternately discreet and explosive style provides a rhythmic undercurrent that meshes perfectly with the emotional vicissitudes of Santori's lyrical content and guitar dynamics.

Santori currently has several musical projects in the works including another release of Random Opponent material, a reprise of earlier work entitled "Watchmen Revisited", a solo effort, "Songs for Inez", as well as a collection of covers, "An Alternative View". The current release, "Rock 'n' Ruin", is a compelling preview of these, showcasing a multi-faceted composer and artist at the height of his powers.



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