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The First 20 Minutes

by Joe Matzzie Beyond Belief

Eclectic Alternative Rock. Somewhere between They Might Be Giants, Morphine and The Cure.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. My Imperfect Girl
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3:36 $0.99
2. C minor - Central Park West
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4:24 $0.99
3. Way Home
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2:47 $0.99
4. Silver Lining
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5. Orfeus of The N & R (excerpt)
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6. I'm Trying To Get Close To You
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New York based outfit, Joe Matzzie Beyond Belief, represents that rare project that incorporates Rock, World, Jazz, and Rhythm into honest, melodic pop.

Beyond Belief's current mini-CD, The First 20 Minutes, has been heard on over 35 college radio stations in the northeast. Creative mastermind and mad genius behind the band, Joe Matzzie, formed Beyond Belief as an outlet for his own musical frustration and creative inspiration.

Beyond Belief's extravaganza of sound and melody takes the listener right into the beat of the city that is the Melting Pot of America. The concept of city living, the challenge of survival, not only gave the band its name but also became the background noise for The First 20 Minutes.

While comparisons to Ska are inevitable due to the horns, Beyond Belief represents a different approach. Matzzie has been writing and arranging music since his early days in music school. "I was surrounded by musicians and just started writing for them," Matzzie recalls. "I wrote the song Way Home. Originally it was four horns. It was recorded in my bedroom, and that was the first arrangement I wrote for horns. When I write a song, I'm not thinking about rules, or trying to follow them. It's the energy.

The First 20 Minutes features six original songs that convey this emotion, hard driven, soft-spoken, tender and furious, the songs stand out with a definitive style that loses nothing for all of the mayhem. Like the city that never sleeps, Beyond Belief makes it work. That, and as bassist Lee Butterfield describes it, "Joe's one tenacious motherfucker."

The release of The First 20 Minutes has earned them label interest, a showcase at The 1998 Philadelphia Music Conference, and winning an unsigned band contest hosted by web design company, V.L.Design.

With no place to pull over safely, Joe Matzzie Beyond Belief has arrived.


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This revue is from Good Times Magazine. "Joe Matzzie is backed by a unique sounding band on this release. A traditional rock trio augmented by sax and trumpet provides for some interesting moments. The songwriting is catchy and the musicians have obviously spent a lot of time working on arrangements, especially the harmonies between the brass players. Alternating somewhere between straight ahead rock and roll and funk, Matzzie shows his diverse influences and a quirky vocal style. All in all, this six song release leaves one curious enough to want to hear more."

Baxter's Anti Zine

This is an interesting combination here. We have good rock with an alternative edge and some horns thrown in also. No it's not SKA, but an excellent cross over in my eyes. Their songs are on the slower side, but will have you singing along in no time. The first track, My Imperfect Girl, reminds me of Sting and sounds just like him, but just on that track. They can rock out when they want to, track two shows us that and three reminds me of a Paul Simon song. Only thing I didn't like about this CD, only six tracks.

E. Lurker

Five gentlemen from New York City play catchy Pop songs incorporating Urban Blues, acoustic guitar, Ska's jumpy beat and classic bar rock. Similar Artists: The Eagles, No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band