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L.A. Was Our Alamo

by Pushstart Wagon

Music that fills a niche where alternative pop, roots, and All-American rock converge. Despite fads, or maybe in light of the fads, Pushstart Wagon stays true to itself by filling "LA Was Our Alamo" with radio-friendly, jangly, sing-along pop.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Paul
4:20 $0.99
2. Radiation
3:45 $0.99
3. Country Star
4:17 $0.99
4. Mary
2:37 $0.99
5. Love Is Such a Hard Way
5:00 $0.99
6. Breathing Room
3:34 $0.99
7. Would I Be So True
4:27 $0.99
8. Aisle Walker
4:38 $0.99
9. Defend You
4:03 $0.99
10. Teenage Bible
3:46 $0.99
11. Los Angeles
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rather than spending this time to tell you all the bands Pushstart Wagon sounds like or is influenced by, let's talk historical perspective. When Pushstart formed, Clinton was entertaining interns in the Oval Office; The Lakers had yet to start their most current dynasty; and the current rash of home/car/face make over shows were still in the minds of soon-to-be-filthy-rich-TV-producers.
In their 10 years together, the band changed line-up a time or two, which isn't important unless you remember them performing in the sans-Steve phase. The three original members (Ben Eggehorn on drums; Steve Guiles on guitar and vocals; and Eric Shouse on bass and backing vocals) are together again.
The Pushstart sound changed a bit since their first incarnation. Still evident, however, are the Corgan-esque vocal stylings. The kids call their new sound a mix of alt-country with roots-rock segments, and some pop thrown in for the fans. At its heart, it's just rock and roll.
A funny thing happened along the way to making their upcoming release, "L.A. Was Our Alamo". Steve was contacted by an aspiring country singer and asked if he had any songs she could record. As Steve contemplated this request and sorted through pages of songs, he set aside a pile of potential candidates. Among those were songs written as gifts for his wife. Something in Steve's mind told him, "Bad idea," and he listened. He lost the job with the country singer but found a song in the circumstances. The situation led to "Country Star", and a promise to his wife: "May I never sell these songs that I wrote for you to a country star."
10 years have past, but the heart and soul of Pushstart Wagon still beats with rock and roll.



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Its a great CD guys. I enjoyed ALL the song on LA WAS OUR ALAMO. I dont have anyother cd's like this and im def. glad i invested in this CD by pushstart wagon.

nate mccullough

cd caught me by surprise, but in a great way!!
The CD went a new direction from Sqeeky Clean, but I it shows some maturity in songwriting, I love it. Sounds amazing, tight and clean. Pushstart just knows how to write good songs.


Great CD
Huge step up from Squeaky Clean. Really enjoyed this CD. All of the songs are great and fun to listen to. If you liked Pushstart Wagon before, you will love L.A. was our Alamo.

Scott Allender

Simply Great!
This album is a push to a whole new level for Push Start Wagon! From the sonically pleasing opener, "Paul" to the personification of some of the most popular cities in America with the last track, "Los Angeles", PSW has achieved a rarity in today's musical climate... A TRULY GREAT AND INSPIRED RECORD! Clever song writing, great vocals, solid guitar work and interesting production make this CD a permanent fixture on my play list...


Westerberg, Gram Parson, & Alex Chilton in one recording.
A refreshing new sound influenced by Paul Westerberg, Big Star/Posies, and Gram Parsons. Guitar driven songs lighty woven with a thread of spirituality. Steve Guiles guitar work is outstanding. Should be in 2005's Top Ten. Thanks Steve!

Jason S

Pretty Good
It is a good follow up to squeaky clean. I liked that they slowed it down a little. It really brought out the talent. The lyrics are witty and thought provoking. Overall I'd rank the LA was our ALamo album in my top 10 Club Bands.

Trae Cadenhead 3/20/2005

Pushstart Wagon shows here that they have the ability to craft excellent music.
When you put out a fairly well-liked Christian rock debut and then fall off of the map for several years, how do you make your way back? By this point, only the most nostalgic of youth pastors will remember Pushstart Wagon while their kids cling for dear life to their Relient K. So what's the solution? Just make a good CD and don't market it to any particular demographic. If it's worth listening to, the people will find you.

LA Was Our Alamo is a pretty good CD, especially from a group of guys who haven't released anything together since 1994. Steve Guiles (Friction Bailey) heads up the trio on vocals, giving the songs enough of a twang to aptly apply an alt-country label on top of the obvious rock influences. No doubt the band has been feasting on some Wilco or something of the sort and this is a good thing.

In all honesty, the opening songs on the album didn't quite sell me. "Paul" and "Radiation" feel like they're trying a bit too hard to work as singles. It gets a lot better with "Country Star," though. It's a sweet, quirky, toned down love song inspired by actual events. I first noticed myself truly enjoying the album with the song "Mary," an easy-flowing acoustic rock piece with a nicely worded offer of hope.

One of the album's best songs is "Love Is Such a Hard Way." It's a thought-provoking, honest musing on the subject of love with the band's laid back, rootsy mid-tempo rock sound at its very best. If you need further proof that Pushstart Wagon can craft a good song, look no further than the acoustic "Los Angeles," a poignant look at big city loneliness.

Pushstart Wagon shows here that they have the ability to craft excellent music. They generally are at their best when steering clear from big rock choruses and instead going for the smooth or even intimate moments. There are plenty of good moments on LA Was Our Alamo, which makes it an album worth recommending.

Jedd Beaudoin

It’s heartbreaking, uplifting, delicate, rough… in a word, beautiful.
Drawing on influences such as Pavement, The Replacements and Wilco, this trio speaks directly to and from the heart on tracks such as “Breathing Room,” which chronicles love’s rich and confusing pageant with catchy, Westerbergian lyrics, while the stunning “Country Star” serves as a touching, convincing ode to fidelity and serves to balance the bruised reconciliation seeker present in the Lucinda Williams-esque “Aisle Walker.” But it’s hard to pick standout tracks on an album that has so many, on an album that lingers like a new lover’s touch and scent, distracting you and making you consider forsaking all others. It’s heartbreaking, uplifting, delicate, rough… in a word, beautiful.