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by The Red Telephone

shimmering guitar soundscapes and dreamily melodic songcraft.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jet Pilot High
5:21 album only
2. Have You Seen Her
4:33 album only
3. Half Way Home
4:45 album only
4. Ever Travel
5:18 album only
5. I Don't Know What to Believe
6:56 album only


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The Red Telephone is an atmospheric guitar band from Boston.

Their first self-produced, self-released CD, Aviation, is attracting much critical attention for its shimmering guitar soundscapes and dreamily melodic songcraft.



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Nigel Sim

Aviation = Great American Dreampop!!
If you liked The Red Telephone's Cellar Songs, then don't miss out on this one. Absolutely world class heavy psychedelic dreampop/rock. They're really in a league of their own when it comes to this style of playing. It's no wonder that Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover is such a fan.

The Noise

Ah, good ol’ Yankee ingenuity.  The Northern climes have instilled in their
populace the ways and means of survival.  Let’s say, for example, that a major
label drops a Boston band after releasing an unrepresentative album (shocking
premise, I know).  What next?  Well, if that band is The Red Telephone, they
release their own damn album.  Surviving Warner Brothers and “The Boston
Syndrome” has strengthened and revitalized the band.  A lesser group from El-Lay
might’ve given up for a career of burger flipping, but TRT learned from the
experience and regrouped.  Aviation is a fuckin’ great album, brimming with
vitality and liberation.  It’s hard to describe without using “ethereal”,
“atmospheric”, and other cliches bandied about far too often in journalistic
circles, but these tracks really do soar to dizzying heights.  Singer/ guitarist
Matt Hutton has a knack for sculpting melodies as inspired as his lyrics.  The
symbiosis of the two is essential to the harmonic structures, wh!
ich support the whole.  Hutton isn’t afraid to throw in a screwball chord
progression to frame those melodies, either.  The dual guitar interplay with
Sean Toohey is beautiful.  Both are minimalists, although Toohey does a great
job of (tastefully) shading Hutton’s chordal work.  Bassist Pat MacDonald
propels the band with a Jack Bruce-on-tranquilizers approach, while Mark Britton
adds percussive coloration.  Britton also served as tracking engineer, with the
disc being recorded at his own 12 track studio.  TRT are obviously a band that
thrives when operating on their own terms, fulfilling their own vision.  It’s
easy to loose focus when presented with major label budgets, studios, and
expectations, but sometimes minimalism just works better.  That’s the way they
like it, and guess who’s calling the shots?
Like a taciturn yankee, The Red Telephone have stuck to their DIY guns, and
survived to record their own masterpiece.  Sorry, Warners. (Brian Westbye)