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Varying Degrees Of Failure And Tunelessness

by The Piper Downs

Unforgettable, unmistakable, relentless power pop- Jimmy ate the World and it had a Foo Fighter aftertaste.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Louder
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2. Hardcore
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3. Without A Sound
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3:30 $0.99
4. When I Needed You
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5. Cold Day in Hell
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6. Delicate
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3:06 $0.99
7. Stutter
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8. 10 Speed
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9. At Least For A While
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10. Whatever Turns You On
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11. Hail
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Album Notes
The Piper Downs, cd, "Varying Degrees of Failure and Tunelessness" is produced by The Burns Brothers (Dr. Dre, Aerosmith, Andrew WK).

Along with 11 great rock tracks, the CD is also multi-media, featuring three production music videos by the band, "Delicate," "Louder," and "Right To Say (Unreleased)."

The Piper Downs were named "Best Unsigned Band in Los Angeles" by Vans Warped Tour and Music Connection Magazine, and also named "One of the Best Unsigned Bands in the US" by

Great songs, catchy lyrics, a great sense of humor, and a great live show blend together effortlessly to make The Piper Downs one of the most popular bands in LA.


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Top-Down Driving Music!
After loving the Piper Downs live, I couldn't wait to own the CD. The PDs do not disappoint. "Louder" kicks the CD into high gear with pure pop/rock goodness and I just can't get enough of my favorite track, "Stutter." "Hail" has the makings of an arena anthem and the bonus track, well, you'll just have to experience that for yourself. The catchy melodies and fun hooks make you swear you've already heard this song on the radio - and you will.


great CD
I love this CD! It is by far the best cd the piperdowns have ever put out and the next best thing to seeing their fabulous show in person. I listen to this cd all the time because all of the songs are fun to sing along to


"KICKS A**!!!"
Awsome album. Never leaves my cd changer.


this cd oozes rock juice!
all around GREAT rock-n-roll! these guys & ellen have got what it takes! listen for the hidden track (my favorite)....

Heather M.

Great CD, no collection complete without it!
This is honestly, the BEST CD ever created. I can't stop listening to it and even when I'm forced to (as I am at work!) the catchy and melodic tunes still dance through my head. The Piper Downs have found an incredible and delicious mix of alternative hard rock meets pop rock completed with a fun, energetic attitude. Awesome!

dave PDaussiefanfromstarky

even my mum loves the piperdowns!!!!!
this cd is amazing. i don't have a favourite track but if you made me name a few they would be louder, cold day in hell, delicate, 10 speed, at least for a while and hail. every piperdowns song is fucking cool but this is easily the release to own. put it on and turn it up damn loud. if you haven't heard this band you're missing out.

Bobby Blowhard

Good CD, solid, safe, music your father would like
The PD's have finally managed to release a CD as vanilla as their audience. (Have you ever seen such a fat crowd?) Bobby B, the singer and gee-tar player writes catchy tunes which translate well in this collection. The only stinkers? Delicate, a weak ballad, and Addicted to you (?) which is a direct rip-off of a song Lit did methinks. Listen to this disc with a big glass of milk. You'll need something to wash this piece of candy down with.


Great album
Great combination of rocking songs and ballads from LA's best rock band - their live sound was really captured on this CD. All the songs are good especially Louder, Cold Day in Hell, Stutter, At Least For A While.

John T.

Really good CD
I really like this band live, and if I hadn't seen them in a live setting before, I would think this was the greatest CD of all time. As it stands, it's really, really good-not a stinker in the bunch, but The Piperdowns are SO GOOD live, that it would take a miracle to make a CD that sounded that good. Well worth the money, though.

Rod B.

I laughed, cried, felt like a kid again...and what's that rash about? ;)
You unfortunate souls who have not witnessed the manic musical hijinks of the phenomenally talented Piper Downs, this long-awaited full-length offering just might change your whole worldview...but it'll definitely have you jumping around the room! Louder, a saga of rock'n'roll redemption that chugs along on a burbling undercurrent provided by bassist Yell, starts things off - this is radio-ready in the way of fellow power balladeers Semisonic and Matthew Sweet...and the way boy bands and Britneys fear with bedwetting anxiety. Hardcore is a paean to pimpin' with a barely restrained energy (and some nifty organ playin' from Dig This' frontman Day), which leaks out from time to time...sometimes a touch *is* worth a few hours drive. Without A Sound brings the bounce back - listen to this one with the top down. When I Needed You's mostly acoustic, bluesy sound betrays the band's Southern roots (not as much as At Least For A While, but read on), and Roxanne Doyle's guest vocals fit the song's tone perfectly. Cold Day In Hell, a meditation on betrayal and forgiveness with a muted rage, will make you want to stay on frontman Bobby Bognar's good side...especially the creative cadence he calls out about two-thirds of the way through. Delicate, about as down-tempo a number as the PD's will present (again excepting At Least For A While, but read on), featuring string arrangements and a percussion segment in the chorus that's, well, delicate, is one of those tracks that give this CD such a great balance and demonstrate the PD's considerable range. Stutter is a blistering power-pop anthem bringing the vocal talents of guitarist Garner Knutson and the tempo-bending prowess of drummer Ellen McGuyer to bear...spit it out - stutter! 10 Speed is a sprocket-card-flippin' romp through the topics of love, loss, and traveling light through life - beware the wrath of a singer-songwriter scorned.... At Least For A While, a countrified version of the PD's rumination on settlin' for what seems like love for all the wrong reasons, provides another peek at the band's Virginia-bred sensibilities (love that pedal steel, courtesy of Chaz Smith) and slows the pace - just in time for it to get caught and dragged along by the very short (an ADD-friendly 51 seconds) but very energetic Whatever Turns You On, which simultaneously (but for different reasons) evokes Camper Van Beethoven's The Ambuigity Song and Matthew Sweet's Sick Of Myself. Hail is an anthem with a reserved feel, with the dual payoff of a cathartic chorus and an alternately blistering and tender bridge/solo section (the latter proving that power chords and philharmonics can coexist). Finally, there's a hidden track, a demo version of I Am A Dick, a witty play on words extrapolated to an examination of a dysfunctional relationship. All in all, while this CD can't entirely reproduce the humor, showmanship, and rock juice (that's PD for sweat, which Bognar frequently gives to his audiences with a theatrical flourish) of a live PD's show, it is a rocking, rollicking, rush-the-stage ride with a band on the brink of international stardom...destined for global greatness...poised for world domination!
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