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Research Turtles

by Research Turtles

Debut full length album by Research Turtles
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let's Get Carried Away
3:52 $0.99
2. Damn
2:55 $0.99
3. Mission
2:28 $0.99
4. Kiss Her Goodbye
3:47 $0.99
5. Cement Floor
3:55 $0.99
6. The Riff Song
4:08 $0.99
7. Tomorrow
3:31 $0.99
8. Into A Hole
2:58 $0.99
9. A Feeling
4:04 $0.99
10. 925
2:24 $0.99
11. Break My Fall
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Debut full length album by Research Turtles



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Research Turtles

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Top Ten Albums of 2009
-Curt Vance, PowerPop Overdose

“These guys, like all great artists, are a product of their love of music, honoring the past, and bringing something new to the table….If I was 20 years old, this is the band I would want to be in. I cannot give them higher praise than that.”
-Bob Segarini (of Sirius Radio), FYI Music

FAME Reviewers' Top 10 of 2009 lists and called “the epitome of Brit Rock and Power Pop”
-Frank Gutch Jr., AcousticMusic.com

“…you have what power pop is supposed to be: hook-laden, solid and exhilarating...these guys are fun.  The fact that they are incredibly good at what they do makes it even better.”
-Frank Gutch Jr., Rock and Reprise
“It is this juxtaposition of heavy rock anthem meets surf rock chill out which make Research Turtles such an interesting band. It’s metal meets Britpop. And while many have strived before to unite such genres, Research Turtles do it with a somewhat casual grace and blissful unawareness.”
-Thomas Shepherd, Black Velvet Magazine

“Getting off to a rousing start with the punchy and infectious “Let’s Get Carried Away,” this album hits the ground running and rolls along at a snappy clip with a steady succession of lively, stirring, and delightfully upbeat songs. The hearty vocals project a certain winningly breezy’n’easy charm. The arrangements are tight, dynamic, and exciting, with the beefy, snappy guitars, smooth, swaggering basslines, and sturdy jackhammer drums delivering a pleasing plenitude of speedy tempos and bouncy beats that rarely let up for a minute. Better still, the prevalent attitude manages to be often sunny and cheerful without ever becoming too cloying or corny. An excellent and impressive album”
  -Joe Wawrzyniak, Jersey Beat

“Percolating rhythms, prominent bass, fiery furnace guitars, and passionately cool vocals- in other words, pretty much everything you’d what in a good, solid, rock ’n’ roll band! Wiggly, and sometimes dominate keyboards add depth, and just enough finesse (they even form a faint link to funk), that adds another dimension to the band’s creative sound… This is the pop rock album we’ve all been waiting for. Dance your butts off, my friends!!”
-Phil Rainone, Jersey Beat

“What the band captured on their debut release is heart, soul & feeling...this is what rock music is all about...guitar, bass, drums & vocals; simple yet effective - that's the best way to describe Research Turtles in 3 words!” 
  -Rock N Roll Experience Magazine

“ Born on the bayou of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Research Turtles are a band with buzzing British Invasion styled guitars layered on top of Foo Fighters styled grunge pop. It's a natural mix that takes elements of the past guitar greats (Beatles, The Who) and fits it into chunky rock melodies that grow on you like moss on a tree.
-Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic

“….[W]ith power-pop melodies, matching suits, and long, surfer-cut hairdos, Research Turtles have a bit more depth and dirt kicked up in their more mature sound…Though these dudes from Lake Charles started out as a cover band, soon people will be covering their melodies, as they gain more traction as the little Southern rock band that could.”
-Briana Prevost, Offbeat Magazine

“Research Turtles is an indie rock band that will remind you of everything from the Beatles to Weezer, AND have everything power pop lovers want: superb recording quality and production, well-written pop song structures, catchy melodies, tight harmonies, and an array of different instrument sounds and guitar tones throughout the record.”
-Music Martini

“Research Turtles’ true modus operandi is supplying crowds with bursts of pop-rock, the kind of songs you wish mainstream radio would play, but know they just don’t anymore...The band’s self-titled debut has an equal mix of fuzzed-out, riff-filled choruses and slowed-down, jingling verses, sounding like OK Go with a secret Southern wink. Then they throw in just a little grunge for good measure.
-Matt Sigur, 225 Magazine

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Research Turtles
This is easily the best debut album I've heard all year, in fact it may be the best debut album I've heard for several years. The Research Turtles are four young guys barely out of their teens whose only other recorded work is a seven song EP (also available on CD Baby) called "Time Machine". That EP opens with a song called "Damned", a great power pop song not unlike the best works of The Shoes, The Romantics and even the much maligned Knack. It is the only song that is repeated on this full length debut, but it is so much better produced that the clarity almost makes it sound like a different song. The rest of the "Time Machine" EP consists of light weight pop songs that give no indication of what was just around the corner. Imagine if the Beatles had followed up the "Please Please Me" album with "Revolver". Yeah, that's how good this thing is.
The album opens with "Let's Get Carried Away", another power-pop classic, but with muscle that most bands of that genre never seem able to muster. "Mission" roars to life like a Buzzcocks outtake and guitarist Logan Fontenot's short, sharp guitar solo shows that the lessons of punk have not been lost on these guys. "Kiss Her Goodbye", a rare ballad, is powered along by some tasteful synth, which is usually the kiss of death ,but sounds perfect on this tune. Mention should be made of the vocal harmonies of Jud and Joe Norman who continue the great tradition of intuitive sibling harmonies like Don and Phil Everly or Tony and Chip Kinman. Take away the distorted guitars and 21st century production on "Into a Hole" (built around a 1950s sounding rock and roll riff) and it could be a long lost outtake from a Beatles recording session in 1964.
Just so you don't start thinking the album is completely retro, there's plenty of evidence that the R. Turtles have listen to alternative rock over the last 20 years. The sledgehammer guitars of the appopriately named "The Riff Song" could be Soundgarden or Alice in Chains, minus the caveman/junkie vocals. The latter half of the album features some heavier guitar sounds, but these guys are smart enough to never lose sight of the need for a good melody.
If the Research Turtles have made such a great leap forward in just one year, it's almost frightening to think how much better they could still become. Everyone who has listened to this album has said the same thing and I'll back it up. There is not a single weak song on the entire thing.
Power pop God Bob Segarini (leader of The Wackers, The Dudes) raved about the band last week on his blog and his reaction is the same as everyone I've so far played this to. These guys should be huge. Check out Segarini's musings here:


If you love quality power pop (Big Star, Beatles, Buzzcocks, Flamin' Groovies, The Records), you need to hear this gem.