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Steady Fools

by Korben

Korben’s sound is what you would expect if the Cranberries had married the Foo Fighters and had children. -Blogcritics Magazine
Genre: Rock: Riot Grrrl
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1. Super Selfish
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2. Phone Number
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3. You Hurt Me
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4. Lost Inside Myself
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5. It's Over
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6. Steady Fools
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7. Blue Lines (live studio session)
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8. Always My Fault
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9. Woe Is Me
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10. Sadie Rose
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11. In Retrospect
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The music scene was next to nothing in the mid-western town of Billings Montana where Korben grew up. High school sports and rodeos were what dominated the town. Music was something you could find only in churches and dive bars. Erin and Chad Gerber found themselves in a musician’s nightmare. Sundays were the only day that Chad and Erin could play music, for a tiny church of 30 people. Chad would get yelled at for his "scratchy electric guitar", while Erin was constantly harassed for not singing loud enough into the microphone. Sometimes church members would get angry at them for slightly altering songs to make them sound better. Despite all the criticism, the bad environment was all they had. Chad began performing out of state for different bands, and eventually ended up on tour with a Dallas based hip-hop group. Back in Billings, Erin continued to perform in churches, talent shows, for local theatre and choirs. Chad returned to Billings, and found himself in college with Erin. Unhappy at how things turned out, the two began to devise their escape from small town America. Chad borrowed a 4-track recorder, the two recorded several horrible sounding songs, and sent them off to one of the contacts Chad made through touring. The demo was well received in Los Angeles, so Erin and Chad picked up what little they had and moved. Within one week of moving to Los Angeles, they met Stone's Throw Recording artist Aloe Blacc, whom they began recording with on a regular basis in his studio. They recorded an EP that received international airplay for their single "Only For You", and the follow up track "Another Glass Bottle". This combined with performing all over Los Angeles, and up and down the Sunset Strip, caught the attention of Sony Records, Capitol Records, Hollywood Records, Thrive Records, entertainment lawyers, and all types of entertainment professionals. Encouraged by what appeared to be years of hard work paying off, Korben waited patiently for the labels to reach a decision. They never did. The labels continually requested more recordings, and more dates, which Korben provided, but each was met with another request. In this time, Korben near death, decided to go their own route, and not play to the major labels demands anymore. Korben signed to the privately owned 3D People Records in 2006, completely under their own terms. Shortly after, they recorded and released their debut album "Steady Fools", which has gone on to receive critical acclaim worldwide. Their single "Super Selfish", along with title track "Steady Fools" can be heard on radio, college radio, web radio, and satellite radio, nationally, and internationally. Korben has recorded with members of Guns N Roses, Toto, The Georgia Satellites, Aloe Blacc, performed live on, and guest hosted Music Plus TV's; Ten Deep, been interviewed on the UK Sky Digital Network, and done several live studio performances for radio stations across the U.S..
Korben is currently touring the U.S. in support of their "Steady Fools" album, and promoting their newest music video "Super Selfish".


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Blogcritics Magazine

Steady Fools is a fantastic rock-romp made by two disgustingly talented people.
Have you ever known the pleasure of a good tip? You know that warm glow that you get when you realise that someone steered you right? It might be a hot tip on a “sure thing” at 20 to 1 or big money for good service; it could even be just good advice from a friend. Well I got a tip from a regular reader, suggesting I check out an L.A./Montana based band called Korben. And so I did.

Korben’s sound is what you would expect if the Cranberries had married the Foo Fighters and had children. Chad’s guitar heavy rock riffs coupled with Erin’s smooth, Sarah Mclachlan-esque, folk-chick-singing-rock vocals — with a hint of an Irish lilt — combine to create a sound that is both energising and comfortable. Korben’s angst-ridden, poignant and frequently ironic lyrics are a big contributor to that “something special” that Korben have in overflowing abundance.

Korben remind me of a band I loved in college. They practised in their basement flat just off the college campus and had that small-town-kid-pushed-to-far chip on their shoulder. They understood what sarcasm and irony were and I mean they really understood it; not just the definition but they could apply it with deadly accuracy – like the British. They were the intelligent, brooding, pensive philosophy or English Lit. students who were ludicrously talented. Korben have that sound, a sound that is too intelligent and not upbeat enough to be typical college rock but might more accurately be described as basement rock. If there was such a thing as basement rock, Korben would be the embodiment.

Steady Fools CoverThe first track on Korben’s debut album Steady Fools, “Super Selfish”, is an excellent example of basement rock and has possibly the greatest intro ever written. The driving Foo Fighter-esque guitar riff and fabulous beat give-way to Erin’s smooth vocals that give the petulant lyrics life. Erin’s voice is creamy smooth, but with an emotive edge that conveys the passion, anger, pain, or melancholy of any fractious lyrics.

Other tracks of mention — well the whole album really, there isn’t a bad track on Steady Fools — but the stand out tracks are “Phone Number”, Chad’s power guitar riff playing tantalisingly with Erin’s glassy vocals. “It’s Over” starts slower, with a darker more melancholy guitar riff but swiftly moves into that beautiful dance between honeyed vocals, passionate, angst-ridden lyrics, and powerful rock guitar. “Always My Fault” with its Irish lilt built in and “Sadie Rose” which teases you into believing it’s a ballad, until the forceful guitar joins those silky vocals.

Steady Fools is a fantastic rock-romp made by two disgustingly talented people. And you would be fools not to check it out for yourself. -A.L. Harper Blogcritics Magazine

Tim

amazing singer, love the music, and each song is really deep
so i got this cd cause i've heard of korben, but never just went out and bought a cd. i wish i would have sooner! this is an amazing album. the whole album is so unique, and all the songs flow from one to the next. buy it. you will love it. plus they're indie! there cd is proof that radio bands STILL suck, even after making a million dollar album. GO KORBEN!

Indie Music Stop

The songs are chock-full of driving melodies
The band's sound is Indie rock with a heaping spoonful of alternative music added in to give their music a spicy edge. The songs are chock-full of driving melodies, provided by Chad's rich guitar parts along with Erin's attention-grabbing, silky smooth vocals.

The song's lyrics deal with human emotions like problem relationships and loneliness, with an ironic viewpoint tinged with sarcasm.

I liked what I heard on Steady Fools, and I expect to be hearing a lot more from Korben in the future.

C.W. Ross