About the Band and the Album
Q: What’s the band name?
Q: What’s that name mean?
It’s an Arabic term for peasant farmers. Philosophically (or so said Oswald Spengler), “fellaheen” refers to the great mass of people who adapt and survive from one civilization to the next without becoming part of any, thus remaining separate from the great movements of history.
Q: What’s the band sound like?
A: A lyrical mix of sit-down alt rock ’n’ roll, scratchy blues, and downbeat jazz, informed with a murky existential wit.
Q: Uh-huh. What’s the band sound like?
A: OK. Let’s say: comparable to the likes of -- and influenced by -- Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Sam Phillips, Wilco, Marc Ribot, Kurt Weill, and the Velvet Underground. More deeply-rooted influences include Beggar’s Banquet-era Stones, Beatles, Captain Beefheart, Barney Kessel, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, and Mose Allison. The lyrical approach is borne out of a head space created in part by the works of Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, Cornel West, Mad Magazine, Roberto Clemente, Jack Kerouac, Jean-Paul Sartre, George Carlin, John Coltrane, Tenzin Gyatso, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Pynchon, Madeline Kahn, Paul Auster, Bugs Bunny, Haruki Murakami, insomnia, moderately-priced red wine, and Dante Aligheri, along with the movies of Vittorio De Sica, Jim Jarmusch, John Sayles, and Wim Wenders.
A: Yep, no foolin’. But please feel free to arrive at your own conclusions.
Q: So what’s the new album called?
A: YOURS FOR THE REVOLUTION. Reasons why can be found below*.
Q: Who plays on the album?
A: For the most part, me, Bruce Hanson, a 44-year-old, substantially-grizzled, slighty off-kilter songwriter and musician born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey. My friend Joe Borthwick, from the Fellaheen live band, plays upright bass on the title track. Occasionally, a truck passing by or the sump pump in the corner of the basement can be heard in the background.
Q: Where was it recorded?
In a home studio in small town in New Jersey.
Q: What’s the band’s operational business model now that the record industry has collapsed under the weight of its own gynormous greed and stupidity?
A: YOURS FOR THE REVOLUTION was handmade with love in the same place it was recorded. (“DIY!” said with raised clenched fist.)
Q: What are the band’s goals?
A: For you to listen to the album.
* The story of YOURS FOR THE REVOLUTION
"If you want to know the whole story, you’ll have to find Calliope Frank. Good luck. See, right before the Island went down for good, Frank caught the last ship bound for Timbuktu, his ungainly steam-powered instrument in tow. He’s out there somewhere; when he plays (and you’ll know it when he does), sea otters cavort with glee like drunken sailors. So follow your ears.
"If you do find him, ply him with whiskey; the man never met a bottle he didn’t call Home. Ask about the days when the pumps still kept the water out of the subways. The story changes with each telling. Sometimes, it’s 1912, with "Appeal to Reason", Jack London, Emma Goldberg, and class struggle all the rage — when “red” meant hope, and people paused one last time to consider the state of their fellow man. Other versions place events ten or so decades later, when the tides came in to take back Manhattan once and for all. No matter which version you hear, a character named the Dog will figure prominently. Usually there are two lovers (the woman, Elizabeth; the man, name unknown). And generally something about Dante pops up, to serve as a kind of warning.
"So go and hear the stories for yourself. Frank ain’t what you’d call a linear guy — time circles back on itself and collides with sense a million different ways within his tales. But mere facts aren’t as crucial as the beat of his words, which roll with the rhythm of the waves. Just ask the otters."