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Russian Real Estate

by Ben Quick

Pittsburgh's art-punk squad known as the Ben Quick deliver heavy, thick slices of indie pop together with catchy riffs and delicious boy/girl vocals sometimes flavored with out-and-out noise rock in 13 various dancable songs.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Moe From Egypt
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2. We Could be the Heart Attacks!
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3. The Passengers
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4. Fort Llatikcuf
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5. House of the Ninja
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6. Undefeated in Europe
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7. Sleepy and Undeserving
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8. Salvation Weaver
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9. ....And Now is the Winter of my Discontent
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10. Factory Act
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11. Oli Oxen Free
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12. Long-Sleeved Love
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13. Yankees: Six, Red Sox: Four
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Album Notes
Sometime around the turn of the century, two girls and two guys got together. The intention was to form a band of eco-revolutionaries to smash the capitalist police state with their DIY ways, but, instead, they formed a rock band. But such is the way history progresses...

These kids, all students at California University of Pennsylvania, stole a name from a Paul Newman character in the cinematic adaptation of William Faulkner\'s The Hamlet and started taking their dancey art-punk to the streets quite quickly. Hippie drum circles invaded, booties forced to shake at beer-soaked basement shows, drug-addled burnouts and high school street punks alike confused and distressed by the interspersed angular noise amongst the pop punk whoo-oos: such was the trail of annihilation left by the Ben Quick. The self-destructing neo-luddite party machine kept churning out the rock and/or roll, even when the masses cried out for respite in the face of smashed guitars and ample bloodshed. Edward Abbey would have been proud of his young acolytes.

After a suitable period of rocking out, allergies struck down their bass playing darling. Did that stop Ben Quick? No way! As she bid them a fond farewell, they replaced her with a new bassist, found in the big, bearded, Buddhist body of a former Circle of Dead Children guitarist. He was a perfect fit for that bass player shaped hole, even though he was at least one half again as tall as his predecessor. The Rocking continued, now with the intention of bringing their primarily catchy and alternately jagged lo-fi art-punk to the masses. And so here our biographic account of the Ben Quick ends, with our heroes on the road across Amerika, fighting their war one party-battle at a time.



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A solid album of down and dirty rock!
Each song on Russian Real Estate finds a different angle to ambush you by. “Sleepy and Undeserving” starts with an angular, almost DC-styled riff, interrupted intermittently by adorable oohs and aahs. It shifts gears at the end, gearing up to a circular climax. Jody Perigo provides some great vocals to match Patchan’s in this section. Altogether, the vocals are a great asset of the band. They come at you from different directions all the time. There are choruses of whoas, sing alongs, and tasteful harmonizing -- everywhere there is melody. The variety lends a lot to the overall feel of the record. Drummer Garret Clark’s reverb-heavy vocals on “....And Now is the Winter of my Discontent” genuinely caught me off guard. His hushed delivery plays well over Patchan and Perigo’s chiming interplay. There is also a distinguishable anthemic element to this record that really pushes it over the edge. It comes from the soaring harmonies, but it also comes from somewhere urgent. It is immediate, tremendously optimistic, and enthusiastic. As Patchan says on “Oli Oxen Free”: “rock and roll, to the soul / time to never grow up, time to never grow.”


Super Duper!
I can't really write a normal review here, it would be way bias. But if you are still interested in my opinion after this introduction - "Russian Real Estate" rules. Awesome, very original and fresh sound.

rob wehrle

Ben Quick got the Spirit!
Ben Quick is a definitely an entity all its own. It's difficult these days to be original but somehow these kids might be on to something. I hear echoes of Archers of Loaf, Pixies, and Silkworm but I can't really say that they sound like any of those anyway. Lead singer Steve has a great rock vocal styling that weaves it's way through catchy yet odd (read good) melodies. His voice is both harsh and warm at the same time. The songs on the disc aren't predictable but are pop anyway so it's not like you'll be lost. The band is tight and the production is crisp but not like Mariah Carey crisp so don't fret. Grab a beer, put this CD on the portable player, sit out on your deck and see if your not in a good mood after that. Hands down the best band working out of Pittsburgh, PA these days or perhaps ever.