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Make the Noise

by Rubber Clown Car

…. a mixture of XTC, Bob Mould, the Damned, the Who, and Matthew Sweet….the Beatles on Quaaludes … but most importantly - Bongo Guitar.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Home in the Suburbs
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2. Boys Don’t Lie
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4:36 $0.99
3. History Never Repeats
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3:37 $0.99
4. The Girl with Something Extra
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5. Don’t You Listen?
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6. Tin City
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7. For Someone Else
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8. Living in Luxury
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9. The Big Swim
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10. Too Close to Us
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11. Only Fools Fall in Love
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12. Vanity Affair
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Album Notes
….. a mixture of XTC, Bob Mould, the Damned, the Who, and Matthew Sweet…..

… the Beatles on Quaaludes …

Rubber Clown Car is:

Dirk Prysby - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Bongo Guitar

Antonio “Tony” Pantalones - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Sounds

Fred Beasley - Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Vocals

Additional Musicians: Tim Walsh – Drums

Recorded at the Vinyl Giant

A Made of Candy production

Thanks to everyone for their help, support, and inspiration.

About the band

Dirk Prysby - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Bongo Guitar

Electric Guitars – Gibson ES 335, Fender Telecaster, Teisco Del Rey, Danelectro 59, Ibanez LP Copy

Acoustic Guitars – Ovation, Airline, Harmony

Influences: XTC, The Beatles, Matthew Sweet, The Who, Bob Mould

Antonio “Tony” Pantalones - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Sounds

Bass – Brand unknown

Acoustic Guitars – Harmony Stella, Ukulele

Influences: The Who, Two Tone, Living Color, Sound Effects Records

Fred Beasley - Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Vocals

Drums – Tama, Samples and Loops

Influences: Bob Mould, Sex Pistols, the Damned, Black Sabbath

The Songs:

Home in the Suburbs - The reality doesn't always meet the expectation. A song about suburban anxiety featuring a nice solo by Dirk. One of the first songs we wrote together.

Boys Don’t Lie – U2 meets The Who meets Morrissey. The frustration and confusion of young love.

History Never Repeats – A failed romance, a second chance? Moody and hypnotic number which features the Rubber Choir on the outro. Dirk plays Bongo guitar on this one.

The Girl with Something Extra – We wrote this after watching “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”.

Don’t You Listen? - Country-tinged song (by way of R.E.M.) about the way we don’t talk to each other anymore.

Tin City - Husker Du and the New York Dolls on this one. Loud, fast, grinding guitars tell the story of living in a trailer park, driving a junker car and just getting by.

For Someone Else - Missing someone who hasn’t even left yet and dreading the passage of time.

Living in Luxury – Unemployed and not caring. This Kinks-influenced track is short and to the point.

The Big Swim – Who? Isolation, desperation, and a catchy chorus. What could be better? Watch out for the wood chipper in the middle bit!

Too Close to Us - Echoes of XTC’S “Punch and Judy”. This one has a beat that keeps turning around. Features a melody line based on a sample of Tony’s neighbor’s cat!

Only Fools Fall in Love – Based on the theme of the 50’s song “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” this tune is about a guy who thinks he’s cool and not jealous of anyone’s relationship (sure…, not too much!)

Vanity Affair – The ultimate love song, influenced by the Pistols and the Damned. I wrote and played rhythm guitar on this one. Turn it up and watch your speakers melt! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.

Hope you like it! Regards, Fred

With lots of time changes and smart, intricately structured songs, Rubber Clown Car’s Make The Noise is as interesting as the group’s name implies. While the wit and irreverence of “The Girl With Something Extra” and (ultimate narcissistic love song) “Vanity Affair” bring The Kinks to mind and the power chord reach of “The Big Swim” and others often favorably echo The Who, the trio just need their execution to match their ambition. (
– David C. Eldredge, Illinois Entertainer

An alternative pop band with influences including the Beatles, XTC, The Who and the Damned, Rubber Clown Car is from Oswego, Ill. Their lyrics are fun and the music is full of sunny guitars and harmonies. Their new disc is called Make The Noise, and we dig it!

The band is:
Dirk Prysby - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Bongo Guitar
Antonio “Tony” Pantalones - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Sounds
Bass , Acoustic Guitars , Ukulele
Fred Beasley - Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Vocals, Samples and Loops


to write a review

Tom Pajinski

Indie pop rock - great songs!
Great songs! Really hard to tell just who they sound like. I like it.

Sue Templeton

Great songs! Raw indie pop-rock
Great songs! Not sure who they sound like, but it sounds good.

Dan Seville

Good First Effort
I like this record a lot. Great songs (production is a little "indie" but the tracks themselves make up for it). "The Girl with Something Extra" is a standout track. Nice work and I'm waiting for more!

Richard Wolff

Worth checking out
Have been listening to the cd the last couple of days.'Home in The Suburbs', reminiscent of The Members 'Sound Of The Suburbs'; 'Boys don't Lie': Boys don't Cry by The Cure? Even though reminiscent of The Who; 'History Never Repeats'(Title by Split Enz) The dB's; 'Don’t You Listen?' The Feelies?; 'Tin City' The Buzzcocks , Tin Huey? etc..
The references are all good.

The sound is eighties independent, UK or USA.

Worth checking out; glad I did. You should too...