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Paradise

by Seeking Homer

Electric folk with a big beat. The newest release from one of our top sellers of all time.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Horses Running
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2. Breaking Away
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3. Downtown
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4. Fire
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5. Postponed Love
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6. The Longest Day
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7. Stung
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8. Eastbound
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9. Beautiful Life
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10. Paradise
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11. ???
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
.........ever searching, bound for home.


While attending Fordham University in 1994 Dave Oberacker and Tom Connors began playing together in small clubs and bars in The Bronx and on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Within a year and a half, the duo had composed a variety of songs with acoustic guitars and distinct harmonies. In 1996 Tom and Dave met New York City natives James Dunlop and Michael Seda. It did not take long for the four to realize that their combined energy brought on great ideas and great fun. So spontaneous was the reaction that Seda's first time meeting with the band was also the night of their first gig together. On that night, Seeking Homer was formed and later that year they recorded their first album, Streets.

Seeking Homer continued on its path and expanded their touring from NYC to the rest of the country. The band steadily infiltrated the consciousness of clubs, radio stations, the music press and most importantly, the listening public. The band's strategy of non-stop touring, endless promotions, online distribution, and a growing mailing list and fan base catapulted this self-managed, self-produced act to unprecedented popularity. The influence of Dunlop's musical arrangements and Seda's additional vocals, song writing and percussion helped form the sound for the band's second album ...A Good Hard Smack, which was released in 1998.

1998 also saw Seeking Homer's live show continue to win the praise and admiration of their audiences, which consistently includes a dynamic mix of faithful devotees who sing along to every song as well as new fans who can't resist the contagious appeal of the four man band's polished sound. The Seeking Homer live show is a truly unique experience that is always interactive, emotional, intellectual and inspiring. By 1999 Seeking Homer found themselves sharing the stage with many national acts, some of which inspired their music. Bands such as The Samples, Guster, Moxy Fruvous, Cowboy Mouth, Corey Glover of Living Colour, They Might Be Giants, Dispatch and Agents of Good Roots, began noticing that the quartet from the Bronx was winning over their fans.

The band played clubs, festivals and schools all over the east coast and even managed to tour the Midwest and southeast with their limited budget. In New York City Seeking Homer found its home at a downtown club called the Wetlands. This famed club has been an outlet to such bands as The Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Hootie and the Blowfish, and The Spin Doctors. As 1999 came to a close Seeking Homer found itself amongst the indie-elite of the music business.

Well before the close of the century, Seeking Homer's brand of acoustic-driven rock began to morph into a unique sound that one critic called, "electric folk with a big beat." This sound was captured on a recording from a show at the Wetlands in late 1999. Live -Wetlands - NYC was released in June of 2000 under the band's newly formed label, Dirty Boot Music. This unique live recording was from a show at the Wetlands that not only ended at 2:40 am, but was also the last show of a twelve show, fourteen-day tour. The eighteen tracks are presented in the order in which the songs were played with the exception of three cover songs that were omitted.

The band continued to tour and received some great national exposure when their version of the Star Spangled Banner was used as the soundtrack for the PGA's US Open 100 anniversary tribute on NBC. As Seeking Homer's fan base continued to grow, so did Dirty Boot Music. A manager, a technical crew, and many others became a part of the Seeking Homer family.

It was at the end of 2000 that the band met producer Jon Wolfson through a mutual friend. Wolfson's previous work with Quincy Jones, Steve Winwood, and Lonestar impressed the band. The feeling was mutual as Wolfson quickly recognized Seeking Homer's special energy and songwriting talents. This meeting could not have come at a better time as the band had begun to reflect and express the desire to put out an album with the kind of arrangements and sonic quality that would take them to the next level.
It wasn't long before Seeking Homer was back in the studio after an almost three-year hiatus, rehearsing and recording with Jon Wolfson.

Recorded in New York City at the world class Avatar Studios (formerly The Powerstation) the album promises to be the band's best effort to date. Throughout the highs and the lows of the band members and the world surrounding them, Seeking Homer found one constant, playing their music together. The ten-song album, entitled Paradise will be released on December 11th, 2001.

Seeking Homer is:
Thomas Connors: Electric, acoustic and mandolin guitars, and vocals
James Dunlop: Bass Guitars
David Oberacker: Vocals, Acoustic and electric guitars
Michael Seda: Drums and vocals






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John Mercer

Something fresh, rare and new.
I had been quietly and patiently waiting for this album to be released since I saw Seeking Homer perform in Providence last year. Most of thier set included songs that were not on previous albums. The talk of the club that night was how the next year would consist of many shows where fans would want to purchase these tunes to take home with them and enjoy over and over again. But they would have to wait.

Well, now it's here and I've got it. And needless to say with my rating, I love it. The scoop was that this hot shot producer was working with this cool indie band and that everyone was nervous he might ruin their unique sound. Well Jon Wolfson, whoever you are, kudos on not only remaining true to Seeking Homer's sound but actually putting them in a catagory above the rest of the indie world.

From the opening track Horses Running the album explodes with an energy that I thought could only be found at SH's live shows. Song after song Paradise expresses a fresh look at what many bands in pop, rock, and jam can't seem to find. That is, an optimism in the seemingly ever-changing, ever-traveling, ever-lost world in which we live. By the end of the 6th track, The Longest Day a haunting 3 1/2 minutes of lyric and music, I thought What next? But the album comes alive again with the poppy, walk in the park track entitled Stung. Two more shall I say it, 'beautiful rockers' follow. The album comes to a close with the title track, a sweet ballad with harmonies unmatched on any previous SH release.

Paradise may not be the one that will break Seeking Homer into the mainstream. But I will certainly enjoy it as the mainstream struggles to redefine what it wants. If there was any doubt about the direction Seeking Homer was going, let it be known this reviewer says it's going up and up fast. So don't miss out on these guys now so you can say you knew them back when.

JM
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Matthew Lattman

I don't know what they're seeking, but they've found it
The first time I listened to this CD, I have to admit, I was dissappointed. However, I think the mark of a great CD is that at first, you don't really like it. You put it away for a week or so, then listen to it again, and slowly begin to appreciate how strong the CD is. And this happened.

I first heard Seeking Homer at the Wetlands in late December of 2000. Their show impressed me and I looked forward to buy some of their stuff. The website listed a new album in the works and I waited patiently, after buying some other stuff to bide the time... and then I ordered Paradise off CDBaby.

The first song, Horses Running, sets the mood for an energetic album. But because all songs use similar instruments and settings, it felt the first time through as if the songs were TOO similar and energetic. Yet as I began to internalize the lyrics and music, as one should with a band that has cultivated their fan base through live shows, I realized how wrong I was. After careful listening, you hear some pretty incredible chord progressions clearly separating each song. For instance, Stung (Track 7) contains some of the most inspiring chords that I've heard in a while. The work of guitarists Oberacker and Connors on Eastbound (Track 8) reminds you how talented this band truly is. Furthermore, their use of harmony adds an additional element often lost in rock music.

The reason that this CD gets four instead of five stars is for its sometimes weak lyrics. While some of the lyrics are brilliant and show off some interesting metaphors and images, other lyrics are cliche and don't show off the intelligence of the band members or the work shown in earlier songs.

Paradise promises to be just that. Put the album on at work, while studying, or at the gym...it somehow works for all three. And it will help make where you are into Paradise.
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