Rambler 454 | No Name Cafe

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No Name Cafe

by Rambler 454

Roadhouse rock. Beer-soaked gems that promise no nasty hangover. Drive By Truckers, Slobberbone, or a young Tom Petty with a shot of adrenaline.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome
0:20 $0.99
2. No Name Cafe
3:00 $0.99
3. I Hope You're Lonely Tonight
3:21 $0.99
4. Lopside
2:41 $0.99
5. Dollar Bill
2:38 $0.99
6. Working Band
3:46 $0.99
7. Shakedown
3:27 $0.99
8. (Almost) Everything I Need
4:01 $0.99
9. Windburn
4:14 $0.99
10. In Between
2:47 $0.99
11. (Exit Music) Scene from a Lake County Bar
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Every Rambler 454 show feels like 5pm on Friday and the boys are busting out of their auto body shop jobs in rural Ohio with paychecks in hand and mischief on the mind. For Rambler 454, mischief comes in the form of beer-drenched musical mayhem at any local pub, tavern, or V.F.W. hall. Think a young Tom Petty with a shot of adrenaline, and you might hear the music. Think the guys from Monster Garage as the guest band on King of The Hill and you can start to see the live show.

As for the story behind the band, lead singer and git-box player Dan McCoy had been performing acoustically at local Irish pubs in exchange for Guinness for years while brothers Jesse and Cooter had played drums and bass in various rock, jazz, punk, etc. bands for years - but never with each other. All three worked at the same autobody shop and over a case of Pabst one July night in 2002, they decided to try to form a band. Using a practice space offered by Jesse and Cooter's cousin, they met to try a few songs out. This cousin also had a home studio and on Day 2, began recording the band. By Day 8, the trio had finished learning and recording the 7 songs that were to become the debut CD, Talk Down The Sky. The trio picked the name Rambler 454 as a joke - thinking it would be funny to stick a new 454 engine in an old AMC Rambler. Not many will get the joke, but the name fits the band: a new soul within a classic sound.

The nearby big city of Cleveland went crazy for these grease monkeys. Much praise ensued: opening slots for Wilco, Sonic Youth and Slobberbone, nomination as best Garage/Rockabilly band in Cleveland, and offers to sire many tattooed children. The press was kind too, calling the CD "barroom brilliance", a "blue collar masterpiece" and many other cool things.

One year later the band has benefited from performing all over the region. So when they went back to the studio to record their follow-up, Cooter got behind the knobs and acted as engineer, which led the new CD to resonate with pure garage band bravado: the let's-get-this-in-one-take-and-go-find-a-bar ambience. No Name Café features songs of touring bands, jobs not worth having, and women not worth loving. False starts, incidental vocals and rough-edged tempos pepper the CD like local seasoning on brisket.

Currently Rambler 454 is playing their Midwestern rock style in cities from NYC to CHI, in search of more working class stiffs who are looking to blow off a little steam.



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Richard Amery Kenora Daily Miner and News

Little bit retro and a lot rockin’
When, after a hard day in the trenches, you want to kick up your heels a bit and drink a few beers, Rambler 454 provides just the background music.
An interesting combination of rockabilly, rock and country, Rambler 454 provide music for all moods. The title track, No Name Cafe kicks off their second CD with a big shot of adrenalin which carries on through Dollar Bill and the Rolling Stonesish Shakedown. They give way to exhaustion near the end with a couple slower tracks, summing their whole story up on the acoustic slide powered, Working Band “I’m still working class, I still bust my ass every night” is all you need to know about Rambler 454. Now enjoy the ride.