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by Rust Belt Music

RBM sounds like a new Neil Young. Honest Lyrics backed by energetic Guitars, Keyboards, Bass and Drums.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Slummer/ Thermostat
3:05 album only
2. Lying Naked Awake
3:16 album only
3. Peepholes
4:46 album only
4. Goddamn Northeast Infrastructure
4:22 album only
5. Beer Can on the Side of the Road
4:50 album only
6. Eugology for a Fictional Girlfriend
3:06 album only
7. Sleaseside
2:50 album only
8. The Belts
7:45 album only
9. Songs About Planes
2:57 album only
10. Savannah
3:38 album only
11. M Tagged J
3:50 album only
12. Everything Helps Even a Smile
4:37 album only
13. Bedford Fell
4:13 album only


Album Notes
From Splendid E-Zine

Deborah is the sound of Southern trailer-park aesthetics transplanted to a Californian stoner beach house. It'll make you want to sit on the porch all day with a couple of cold ones, 'cause, hell, what else is there to do -- besides maybe take a ride into town in your old beat-up Chevy...
Rust Belt Music's songs are a mix of rock, folk and country-western (with an occasional Moog line added for spice), and follow the path paved by Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles and Woodie Guthrie ,as well as contemporaries like early REM and The Meat Puppets. Though a few of the tracks really take off ("Songs About Planes", "Love in the Rust/Sun/Grain Belt"), most remain laid-back in both music and lyrics. Singer/Guitarist John Lindenbaum projects in an open-your-mouth-and-speak-up-please reserved style: shy, clenched eyelids, much in a Kurt Cobain kind of way (as seen on the Unplugged in NYC performances). The lyrics speak of mining towns, love, fear, beer, inbreeding, anticipation and hope, all in an interesting narrative manner that hints at a deeper meaning.

Essentially, Deborah is a testament that familiar harmonies, a traditional rock ensemble and homegrown, rootsy lyrics can still tell new and compelling stories.

Deborah just received a 4 out of 5 at www.sponiczine.com. The review goes something like this:

Most fans of live music have faced the sad realization that an album they love translates horribly when performed live, or worse, those same fans have forked over good money following a wonderful live performance only to discover the album is horrible. In this sense Rust Belt Music can say they have achieved the best of both worlds. In fact, their live performances sharply contrast against Deborah. But for some reason, considering the nature of the album and the nature of the band, this seems like either a stroke of genius or a wonderful coincidence. Live, Rust Belt Music exudes raw energy, restlessness, and sprawling rock and roll. Their album Deborah, on the other hand, sounds reflective, autumnal, and well... exudes sprawling, folksy, rock and roll. This is even more impressive when you consider that these are the same songs, and only one track seems to suffer in its recorded form, "M Tagged J." Rust Belt Music takes their name from the stretch of the U.S. incorporating parts of the Midwest and Northwest that had once been the industrial center of the country, only to find economic decline following the '60s when many of the backbone industries began to move abroad. Of course many people who found themselves unemployed within this area moved west to states like California, hoping to find success and a new future. Quite a fitting name when one considers that the members of Rust Belt Music themselves originally hailed from the Midwest and have moved out west to San Francisco. Moreover, Deborah manages to completely incorporate the feeling of western migration. With the release of Deborah, Rust Belt Music have been able to carve out a niche for themselves in the music world somewhere between early R.E.M. and Grandadddy. Tracks like 'Everything Helps, Even a Smile' even seem to embrace a bit of Weezer-esque poppiness while still retaining the maturity and serenity Rust Belt Music have crafted on the rest of the album. The eighth track 'a) Love in the Rust Belt b) Love in the Sun Belt c) Love in the Grain Belt' is easily the strongest track on Deborah displaying a maturity that many bands lack on their freshman releases. Other key tracks include 'Peepholes,' 'Beer Can on the Side of the Road,' and 'Songs About Planes.' The biggest complaint I have with the entire album is that one of their best tracks, 'In Turn They Made You Miserable,' was recorded too late to be included on the album. Luckily, you can download it, as well as a few other tracks, from www.rustbeltmusic.com.

We are a featured artist in the June issue of West Coast Performer. Sherry Sly writes:

There's a form of creative writing called 'flash fiction' in which a complete story is told in less than five hundred words. No more is needed. Visit the lyric page of Rust Belt Music's website (www.rustbeltmusic.com) and virtually every song stands on its own as a complete and beautiful story. On Deborah, the band's first full-length album, one can hear how San Francisco's Rust Belt Music has already joined the esteemed company of Virgil Shaw, Chuck Prophet and Granfaloon Bus as Bay Area vivid word picture masters, even though they've only been playing out for little over a year.

Hailing from Indiana, RBM's guitarist and songwriter John Lindenbaum is a champion of the 'show, don't tell' aphorism. Not only does he show, he turns inside out and shows again from the exposed nerve side out. For example, on 'M Tagged J' our hero may miss someone but knows saying just that is not half as evocative as singing: 'It is sinking into me, the buzzing is a symphony in my ears / Sometimes you hear a sound that reminds you and resounds for a thousand years / Pots and pans are banging, the echoes start hanging from the chandeliers / The light is like razor blades, slicing through my shades as morning nears / You're burned on the back of my eyelids... However, RBM is not all Hoosier emo, Lindenbaum's lyrics are balanced with straight ahead rock and roll guitar and keyboardist Micah Weinberg's Moog. Live, the band puts on a tight, high-energy show that belies both the longing of Lindenbaum's lyrics and their newly formed status.

Sometimes sounding like Michael Stipe, sometimes like Neil Young, Lindenbaum's voice is mumbly and lowkey, a verbal simplicity that compliments his emotionally and intellectually complicated lyrics. The band could be categorized as alt-country, as many of the songs contain Americana imagery. Live they have a more synth sound than the alt-country feel of Deborah because, says Lindenbaum 'Our bassist left town and we had this old Korg keyboard lying around in the practice space, and after trying the synth bass, we liked it and kept it. The result is a entire new genre, an alt-country feeling, melded with a synth-pop-meets-rock-and-roll sound. The band's stage personae is similarly original, melding bar band folksiness with the original rock band showmanship and professionalism. Where other bands with a sprawling story telling style are sometimes jam bands live, RBM creates a marvelous tension by reining themselves in with a pop sensibility.

Their tight live shows and the world weary mood of Deborah are just a few pieces of evidence that prove RBM is a young band with an old soul. Gearing up to redefine their sound again as Weinberg leaves for graduate school, one thing is clear: they are going to be fine. This band is prenaturally poised for greatness, for their original, heartfelt lyricism melds beautifully with what is already a singularly unique sound. No more is needed.



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Put simply a great album . . . .
I first came across Rust Belt Music last year & have been searching for more material by them when I stumbled across this album. Stand out tracks for me are Beer Can On The Side Of The Road, Everything Helps Even A Smile & Savannah. Buy this album and all that's missing is the open road . . . Perfect music for the independant minded indie kid out there