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"In a Case of Fire" e.p.

by Submarine Fleet

Five long, dreamy arrangements... with lush, electrified, shoegazery instrumentation and compelling male vocals.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Vocalist
5:44 $0.99
2. Universe Control Static
8:25 $0.99
3. Navigator's Lament
6:17 $0.99
4. Sea of Chance
6:14 $0.99
5. In a Case of Fire
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Submarine Fleet is a 5 piece band consisting of electric guitars (6 string, baritone, and bass), drums, and vocals. The 5 members (residents of portland, oregon) combine dreamy high frequency shimmer, deep range melodiousness, and hypnotic rhythms to set the stage for passionate male vocals with surrealist leanings.

Submarine Fleet has often been compared to the likes of 1980's 4AD label artists such as Cocteau Twins (primarily with respect to their heavily layered guitar work). However, upon closer observation, hints of things more reminiscent of Blonde Redhead, And Also The Trees, and Ummagumma era Pink Floyd become recognizable. Add to that their generous song lengths, which build and maintain their resonance through a well crafted intensity, and you come up with a sound that is at once psychedelic, intriguing and mysterious.



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Krystal Turner

This album is perfect. The mix is stellar and the talents of each band member really shine through. I can't see myself ever getting tired of listening to this CD.

PLAZM MAGAZINE issue 28 (2006)

Lush layers, mountainous guitars, foreboding bass, psychedelic swatches of sound: this EP borrows the better, darker aspects of many 1980's sounds, leapfrogging them into a new era of sonic exploration. - AK


Beautiful , heady melodies with a rock'in finish
The first 4 songs of this cd are heady , trippy sounding stuff with a lot of stuff to listen to and for ...great for laying back in bed and listening to after the intoxicant of your choice ;) ....the last track brings the tempo up a bit and rocks ! ...great stuff all around , can't wait to hear more from this band !
Read more... - The Musician's Resource

"Imagine floating amidst a dark turbulent sea with a twilight sky beckoning eerily above as you seek the dawn. This is the scene invoked while listening to Submarine Fleet’s debut album In a Case of Fire. The hybrid sound combines a fair serving of Buck-Tick, a trace of Lisa Gerrard, and a splash of Enya. Each song is an orchestra piece for modern instruments, unfolding in slow dramatic turns. The songs are long, from just less than four minutes to more than eight.

Mark Linder, as singer, possesses a lower tenor with a strong vibrato. Primarily staying within his middle range, Linder’s use of ornamentation is exceptional and well executed. With precise phrasing and commendable breath control his voice rises like a siren from the watery flow of the music. His voice is similar to that of Kazushi from Rouage.

Guitars played by Lauren McKenzie and Ash Sain are as prominent as the voice and at times even outshine it. Their riffs are both the evil and the light of the sound, in essence its soul. Keys played by Sain are the cold watery tendrils pulling you in deeper. Ashe Ruppe’s muted bass twists and pulses just below the tides of melody, supporting and lifting it while adding darkness to the sound. Drums by Dan Canty are solid if not varied with vibrant cymbals crashing like waves.

The artistic insight and dark musical wisdom apparent on In a Case of Fire is a sparkling gleam on the horizon as we sail into the future of an amazing band. (Self-released)"

Willamette Week - December 7, 2005

Submarine Fleet's debut EP, In Case of Fire, showcases the local quintet's brooding atmospheric tunes, courtesy of a guitar-heavy lineup that's the love child of the Smiths, the Cure and Brian Eno. (Karla Starr)

Five melodic songs that drift and flow effortlessly.
Originally formed in the fall of 2001 as the solo ambient improvisational project of Ash Sain, Submarine Fleet has transformed over the years into a hypnotic and powerful 5 piece band.

Consisting of Ash Sain (Blade Fetish, Trance to the Sun) on 6 string baritone guitar; Dan Canty (Nimbus) on drums; Lauren McKenzie (Saturnalia Trio) on guitar; Ashe Ruppe (d|sekt, The Elysium Facade, Nocturne pdx) on bass and Mark Linder (Blade Fetish) providing vocals, Submarine Fleet creates soothing and melodic songs that drift and flow effortlessly from beginning to end.

If you were expecting a carbon copy of Blade Fetish or Trance to the Sun you won't find it here but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Don't get me wrong though, if you were a fan of either band there are enough familiar elements remaining to keep you satisfied as well. Submarine Fleet is a different band though, a new beginning and they really don't seem to try to cater to any specific genre or placate any specific fan base. The fact that it doesn't seem to try fit into a specific genre is probably what makes it so good since it doesn't come across as too contrived, premeditated or forced. The heavily layered guitars seem to swirl more and have less of an abrasive or jagged edge than past projects. The vocals are smoother, more natural and relaxed sounding. Overall the music seems to have matured. If you're looking for someone to easily compare them to you'll have a difficult time doing so. At times the guitars do have an And Also the Trees feel to them, notably in the beginning of "the Vocalist" and in "Navigator's Lament", but that's just one element to their music. The tempo of and feel of their music is very relaxing overall and has a very dreamlike feel to it. I found it easy to get wrapped up in the overall feel of the music and before I realized it I was near the end of the CD and the title track, "In A Case of Fire" was kicking in. The title track is also the song that really sets itself apart from the rest of the CD with a more aggressive feel and more urgent sound to it, although the entire CD is extremely well done.

I recommend it highly and currently Submarine Fleet can be found in rotation on Cathedral13 radio. More info on Submarine Fleet can be found below:

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