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The Time Machine Is Broken

by Strangely Alright

A positive, realistic and hopeful point of view from singer-songwriter Regan Lane and his band mates in the classic jangle and power pop vein, bringing to mind The Beatles, Jellyfish, The Grays, Be Bop Deluxe, XTC, Badfinger,and Crowded House .
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1. Train to Nowhere
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2. Just How It Goes
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3. So Right It Can't Be Wrong
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4. Crying Shame
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5. If I Don't Laugh I'm Only Going to Cry
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6. Here and Then You're Gone
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7. Before the Fall
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8. Crazy Ride
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9. Love
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10. Direction Home
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11. U and Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
At the beginning of the new millennium things were not going so well for singer-songwriter Regan Lane. He had given away the house, job, kids, family and friends and was sitting on Tacoma’s waterfront in a broken down Civic, with nothing more to his name than an empty crack pipe and a nasty opiate addiction. He was lost, helpless and hopeless.

Now fast forward to 2013. In recovery for a few 24 hours with a changed outlook and perspective on life, the winds of the universe brought a new person into Regan’s life. A musical partnership and friendship with bass player and vocalist Ken Schaff was born. As the two got to know each other a mutual love of playing music live was shared. After much discussion and rambling thought, armed with Regan’s 11 new songs and the idea that we all have special talents and gifts, they said... “Let’s make a band!"... So they picked up their instruments and started to play.

And so it came to be in near record time that Jeff Reiner (guitars), Preston Darvill (drums and percussion) and Lee Gregory (keyboards, vocals) joined and the band of misfits that is Strangely Alright was born.

“The Time Machine is Broken” is their first release, a positive, realistic and hopeful point of view from Regan and his band mates.

Time, acceptance, taking action, living in the moment, forgiveness and invariably love are the recurring lyrical themes that are addressed, with a point of view that could be considered spiritual but is based on the thought that basically you get what you give.

With Lane’s emotional vocals, crunchy and chiming electric/ acoustic guitars, lush background harmonies and swirling mellotrons and strings Strangely Alright’s new CD is both modern and retro. The colorful production of producers Todd Ensminger and Regan Lane create an intricate sonic world that is a headphone enthusiasts dream comes true!

In the” sounds like category” the Strangely boys are in the classic rock and power pop vein, with The Beatles,Jellyfish, The Grays, Be Bop Deluxe,XTC, Badfinger,Michael Penn and Crowded House all coming to mind.

Standout tracks include the driving power pop and call to action in Train to Nowhere (“do nothing, get nothing at all”),the lilting harmony laden Just How It Goes( “when you think you know everything, there’s nothing you know”) the CD title line from the acoustic driven and psychedelic If I Don’t Laugh I’m Only Going To Cry (“The time machine is broken, the rear-view mirror is cracked”) the atmospheric and rhythmic ballad Before The Fall (“ I've learned to love myself, and see that I can cry”) and the summer time vibe and joy of being in love that is the final cut You and Me. (“Singing silly love songs, running barefoot on the beach”).

With the belief that music connects us in ways that we don’t always understand, these 5 distinct personalities come together to create relatable stories and a pretty cool sound that can only be described as…Strangely Alright.



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The Seattle Weekly

Loved It!
There’s a very classic-rock vibe to this debut, thanks in part to singer Regan Lane’s smooth, mellow voice and the abundance of lush harmonies paired with bright guitar riffs. There’s no competition between the music and Lane’s honest lyrics, making this album easy to like.

Ice Cream Man Power Pop

An Instant Classic!
Expect to see this album sitting pretty, high up in many "Albums Of The Year " lists. This album will sit pretty with a wide variety of listeners, who, like myself, will be only too happy to climb on board and go for a ride through space and time and come out the other side feeling totally elated for the experience, and that is, "Strangely Alright!"

Seattle Sound Live

Perfect Blend Of Classic Rock And Power Pop Rock!
The Tacoma based band Strangely Alright has just recently released their first full length 11 track record titled The Time Machine is Broken. This record is one that could have never came to be after Strangely Alright frontman Regan Lane found himself lost in a world of despair. All alone, without a home and addicted to drugs, Lane found salvation in his music which soon after took on a life of its own with his newly found friendship with bassist Ken Shaff. Jeff Reiner on Lead Guitar, Lee Gregory on the Keys and Preston Darvill on the drums soon joined Lane and Shaff rounding out the power pop rock sensation from Tacoma, Wa. that truly is, as their names states, Strangely Alright.
The Time Machine is Broken is jam packed full of out of this world melodies and passionate but purposeful lyrics. The lessons learned through life are clearly the inspiration behind Lanes lyrics. He keeps things real. He writes about love, life, happiness and despair. Then something very special happens, you add in the rest of the Strangely Alright crew and what you get is the perfect blend of classic rock and power pop rock. Their chemistry is masterful in bringing these two musical genres together.

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The third track on the record “If I don’t laugh I’m only going to cry” is the perfect example of the lyrical and harmonic mastery of Strangely Alright. The track combines incredible vocal and musical harmonies along with one of the catchiest hooks you’ll hear. It’s one of the grandest numbers on the album, and an appropriately compelling early track.
It is not by mistake or luck that Lane has won the RadioIndy.Com Songwriter Of The Year award and two of his compositions won the world wide Compo10 songwriting contest, as voted on by his songwriting peers from around the world. This trend of composing great tracks holds true throughout the whole record which is expertly written and delivered. Strangely Alright takes you on a journey through the human experience that takes you on a voyage through life, love and music even until the bitter end.


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”Crazy Ride”, the 8th track on the record really shows the vocal ability of Lane. He puts on full display his impressive vocal range. The track has this retro feel and it seems could have easily been recorded in 1974. This is a true testament to the dynamics of Strangely Alright. Their ability to almost turn back the clock and re-introduce music to you all over again is something special that most bands simply can’t do. This is absolutely one of my top tracks on this record and definitely one of the easiest to sing along to.
The bottom line is this record was a long time coming. It is what the Pacific Northwest has been wanting for. A unique sound and inspired lyrics coupled with catchy hooks and smart rhythms. The Time Machine is Broken is a record that will appeal to the nostalgic classic rock lover as well as the pop rock enthusiast. Its a must have for the local music scene.

The Equal Ground

This Will Be One You Won't Want To Miss!
The Time Machine Is Broken doesn't waste anytime letting you know it arrives with “Train to Nowhere” as the whole band kicks in from the start. The song has a Bowie-esque feel to it with well-placed background vocals, and progressive, uplifting guitars. One of the highlights of the album is “So Right It Can’t Be Wrong” which has distinct 80’s overtones that blends with a contemporary framework and creates quite an appealing recipe. Arguably the best vocal performance on the album is “Crying Shame” while “Before The Fall” is one of the more melancholy cuts on the album. The album closes with “U and Me” which is surely a sing- a-long in college bars in some alternative universe.They also could at times be labeled as an “indie” band and mix in some components that make them sound like they could hang with some of the groups who played at Pitchfork this summer.. Anyway you look at it these are songs you are going to want to check out!

NotHaydn

Alternative pop and catchy choruses that welcome you to sing along.
There are many catchy phrases in the songs where you say to yourself “Damn how come I didn’t write that?!” Whether Regan is writing about his experiences or drawing from others close to him it is clear that this is a very personal album. The songs revolve around lives lived, mistakes made and turning points that have changed their lives and made them realize the world is a two way street. You get only what you give and at the end of the day giving is better then receiving. Love and forgiveness.

Reflective of that thought process is one of the slower songs on the album “If I don’t laugh I’m only going to cry”. The song reflects the distance they have travelled and how time has matured them. It is in this song that we find the albums title. There is a lyric questioning the possibility that they have become their parents and really is that such a bad thing?

“Before the Fall” is another slower song that dives into one’s self and sees how others have given so selflessly and the only way to repay that is to give themselves completely to the other and in that realization there is a clarity and warmth even as the summer sun settles.

So while the lyrical content of the album is complex and not just a bunch of pop songs so common in today’s world, it is still an easy listening experience. I don’t mean Barry Manilow easy listening. I mean that the songs lyrics are combined with structurally sound adult alternative pop and catchy choruses that welcome you to sing along.

Towards the end of the albums closing we find that Regan and the rest of Strangely Alright (Ken Schaff:Bass, Jeff Reiner:Lead Guitar, Lee Gregory:Keys and Preston Darvill:Drums) have all found the “Direction Home” and end the album on a very upbeat summery tops down in the convertible kind of song aptly titled ‘You and Me” and when we get to our destination “let’s share a bowl of Capt’n Crunch”.

So do something nice for your ears today and go check out the new album from Strangely Alright

PowerPopaholic

Compelling!
"The combo of John Lennon meeting Pink Floyd is felt on ““If I Don’t Laugh I’m Only Going to Cry,”. The jangle and psyche-pop combo are awesome..The lyrics are a complex..has brilliantly quirky touches.."

The Weekly Volcano

Strangely Alright Nails Its First Release
" Strangely Alright has an undeniable emotional appeal..It exemplifies Lane's knack for constructing beautiful melodies that catch you off guard. Ringing, triumphant chords and lyrics that allude to conquered tribulations immediately make the music relatable to, well, everyone.If you're looking for the latest of great Northwest-made albums, Strangely Alright's The Time Machine Is Broken should be at the top of your list."

Northwest Music Scene / Glen Casebeer

A Story of Hope and Redemption
"Call it power pop, or what ever other label you’d like to call it, Strangely Alright will leave you in better shape than you were before you listened to them. This band has a total retro feel and one gets the sense they would have fit in very nicely in an another time and place, if they didn't fit in so damn well here! The Time Machine Is Broken is 11 strong tracks of feel good music and it comes at a time when we need more of this. Regan Lane and his band of 5 merry men have constructed a fine piece of work that tells a story. A story of hope and redemption. And it is a true story. Lane’s passionate vocals power the first track and he doesn't stop there. There’s a great message in If I Don’t Laugh I’m Only Going To Cry offering up some choices and personally knowing some of Regan’s life story, this song rings true. If you don’t have this CD yet and you have a few dollars laying around I’d strongly suggest picking it up the next chance you get."

Nikki McCoy / The Weekly Volcano

Great Power Pop and Classic Rock Feel
"If I Don't Laugh I'm Only Going To Cry and the rest of the album have a power pop and classic rock feel. The Beatles and David Bowie are dually influential and can be heard in glimpses throughout Strangely Alright's music. That said, "If I Don't Laugh I'm Only Going To Cry" perhaps transcends any era...."

Matt Nagle-The Tacoma Weekly

Pure Ear Candy With Wonderful Melodies and Lots Of Love!
“If you haven’t yet heard the totally awesome Maurice the Fish Records band Strangely Alright, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr27RCFo3No and watch their new video “If I Don’t Laugh I’m Only Going to Cry,” the first release from the band’s debut CD “The Time Machine Is Broken.” Echoes of psychedelia, a little Beatles, a lot of melody and guitar-strumming goodness, SA’s adult alternative power pop is pure ear candy with wonderful melodies and lots of love.”
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