The Walkie-Talkies | State Of Fasci Nation

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State Of Fasci Nation

by The Walkie-Talkies

Ragtime with drum machines, banjo blues with house beats, violin and vibraphone lo-fi garage, electro dance floor shack shakers, and swamp hop/math rock.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Time in Berlin
5:04 album only
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2. Gated Community
5:30 album only
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3. Canal
6:34 album only
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4. Brooklyn Stupid
6:25 album only
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5. The Moon Went Up the Olive Tree
6:48 album only
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6. Pleasure Stench (pt. 2)
3:34 album only
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7. (blurb)
1:13 album only
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8. Son of Sam
7:07 album only
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9. Areas
10:03 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Walkie-Talkies are a Chicago-based duo. Both are vocalists, lyricists, multi-instrumentalists, and digital music programmers. The band was conceived as a sci-fi take on Vaudeville, using traditional instruments along with electronic music. Both members contribute winding narrative and harrowing tales atop stomping beats.
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This cd, their debut, plays like a carriage ride through our whirling and often contradictory modern world. Tartaros, "The overtly portrayed human injustices in the world can sometimes become too much to deal with. But I must accept the world I live in rather than create a fantasy-life. My approach to it is at times to become a 'berserker', singing lyrics that describe hateful and malicious acts, it's like gallows humor, if I can't laugh at it on some level, it will scare the shit out of me and cause me to give up on ambitions and the general goodness that I ultimately believe all people possess." To this end The Walkie-Talkies believe that music has the power to shape minds and conjure spirits.
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Many say the 8 songs, lasting over 52 minutes, pass quickly. It's party music for ghostly allies empowering all to stay bold in the face of joe-blow corporate republic (you didn't really believe them when they told you this was a democracy, did you?). If you're looking to hide out in a typical rock song about a car or a sappy ballad about undying love, don't even click the play button you will be disappointed. If on the other hand you are tired of hearing yourself say, "There is no new music out there", then give it a try.

These songs come from a love of hip hop, cabaret, delta blues, garage-rock, chamber music, medicine shows, minstrels, electronic dance and experimental, gypsy and hobo music.

Right-Eye Rita: Vocals, synthesizer programming, violin, viola, and piano.

Tartaros Ham-Radio Dacamara: Vocals, drums, trigger pad, guitar, bass, beat programming, samples, loops, banjo, turntables, vibes, engineering, recording and mixing.

The Frank Sisters and Brock Robinson: Backing vocals on 'Time in Berlin', bass on 'Brooklyn Stupid' by Brock.

Mastered by Adam Yoffe.

Jacket design by Right-Eye Rita and Steve Walters, screen-printed at Screwball Press.

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Dan Wallace

Fantastic debut.
This CD has been in regular rotation in my household since we got it over a month ago. One of the first things that struck me about it is how well the disparate musical elements meld together to form a singular style that is recognizable from song to song. These songs are catchy, colorful, bombastic, original, lyrically thoughtful, and often get you dancing. There's nothing else quite like it. I've also seen them live a few times in Chicago and the show is as fascinating and engaging as the music itself.
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