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Allegheny Front

by The Westsylvanians

Unhurriedly recorded in basements and attics across eight years, The Westsylvanians' debut is a wide-ranging rumination on coming of age in the underdog region east of Pittsburgh. Idiosyncratic, DIY rock w/ strands of alt-country, indie folk & lo-fi pop.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Thrush
5:14 album only
2. The Welkin
3:38 album only
3. Winter's Dead
3:18 album only
4. Bawdysong
2:46 album only
5. Broken Middle Finger
3:42 album only
6. Wet Summer
6:07 album only
7. Hammermill
4:01 album only
8. Private Party
3:57 album only
9. Mortar and Pestle
4:14 album only
10. Punched Out
4:25 album only


Album Notes
A Brief Historical Sketch of The Westsylvanians:

IN THE LATE 1600s, restless settlers began pushing into the heavily wooded region west of the Allegheny Mountains. Loners by nature, they blazed idiosyncratic paths of destruction and built crude, rough-hewn shacks and poorly planned, unremarkable towns. Their rude and antisocial nature was fueled by cheap homemade whiskey, which also made them quarrelsome. Indian warriors sometimes ran roughshod over the territory. Every so often a war would break out with the French, the British, or both. And let us not mention the ruthless Québécois.

FOLLOWING the relatively minor Blacke Gloome of 1774, an uneasy peace took hold. Bored, the settlers soon picked a fight called the Whiskey Rebellion, which was summarily crushed by George Washington and some 13,000 federal troops. In the confusion, much of the whiskey was consumed.

THE NEXT YEAR, still recovering from their collective hangover, the region's inhabitants politely asked the Continental Congress to establish a 14th state, to be called Westsylvania. Congress, still irritated, claimed that the request had been lost in the country's early, rudimentary mail system.

YEARS PASSED. Generations of disagreeable Westsylvanians gave way to more refined, polite, and sober Westsylvanians, who birthed new generations of rebellious, godless drunkards, who somehow raised thoughtful, even-keeled, hard-working types (the drinking gene, it seems, tends to skip generations).

IN THE 1970s, the Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls.

IN 1988, a new generation of Westsylvanians began making an unholy racket. Though most live in exile, irregular meetings continue to the present-day. A thousand or more recordings are said to exist, and yet only two studio albums could be located as of this writing: Allegheny Front and Dusk Falleth, both released on the estimable Twolick Recordings label.

AND THUS THEY MAKE THEIR OFFERING TO YOU as regards home, adolescence, coalfields, alienation, big dreams, scaled-back dreams, irony, innocence, seduction, repression, factory closings, fragile egos, summer sweat, union dues, overwrought idealism, revenge, small towns, eschatology, being overworked and underpaid, friendship, Joel’s Garage, rock and roll and 91 other things....

And lest we forget, music by The Westsylvanians is featured in the following films:

"Back Home" by Andy Hulse, a finalist in the ProMotion Pictures' Verizon Broadband Competition

“Gibson Girls” also by Andy Hulse

"Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North", a production of WOSU in Columbus, Ohio.

While its members are legion, three Westsylvanians are keystone. Matthew Calvetti lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joel Huzinecz lives in Ohio. Jeremy Lloyd lives in Tennessee.



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Marla Sink Druzgal

Going Home Again
They say you can't go home again, but this music takes you there! What a great blend of nostalgic country/bluegrass I grew up with, combined with current rhythm & lyric. You had me at the first song!