Rubberlegs | The Timinator :: Boyfriends, Vol. 1 (maxi-single EP)

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The Timinator :: Boyfriends, Vol. 1 (maxi-single EP)

by Rubberlegs

Rubberlegs serves up flexibly danceable electronic rock with a punk slash experimental edge and electropop candy coating. Depeche Mode and Fischerspooner come out of the closet, take humor lessons from TELEX and the B-52s and shoot a frenzied sonic cream.
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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1. The Timinator
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2. Bound & Gagged
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3. The Timinator (tim's toms mix)
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4. Bound & Gagged (chafe mix)
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5. Lawnchairs (live)
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6. People Who Talk in Elevators (live)
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7. Bound & Gagged (gaga radio edit)
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8. The Timinator (intiminating mix)
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Described by Outmusic's Jon Gilbert Leavitt as "the wackiest electronic duo since the Flying Lizards", Rubberlegs loves to birth waveforms on stage for all to sizzle in. They've been honing their live show since 2001, following a surprise hit on MP3.com's New Wave chart where songs "China Too" and "People Who Talk in Elevators" were in the Top 5 for weeks.

Now with new third 'leg Anthony on electronic drums, Rubberlegs' number becomes 660, a collective Kinsey 4. The live experience is careering headfirst into new territory with harder-hitting 'tude and in-your-face sonics. Devo gets a Chicks-On-Speed makeover. Says Peg, "We couldn't find a musical genre that adequately describes what we do, so we had to create our own! ALT.TRONICA. It's not just a newsgroup, it's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!" Don't be caught with your pants down when sex, as we know it, becomes obsolete.

Bringing back the future, in January 2006: brand-new maxi-single "The Timinator" ushers in the new year, with the armageddon angels in the intro to the "Tim's Toms Mix" heralding a new sound and a new beginning for the band. Rubberlegs continues to perform in and around their home base, New York City, and in such far-flung places as West Virginia and Austin, Texas. True to their live roots, they play without any backing tracks or drum machines: every sound you hear at a Rubberlegs show originates directly from their own fingers and voices. This is well evidenced by the inclusion of two live tracks on the new CD - especially their perennial crowd-pleaser, a cover of the '80s gem from Our Daughter's Wedding, "Lawnchairs."

Peg - synth/voc
Bun - synth/voc
Ant - edrums

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Len Rogers StoneWall Society / OutVoice

Never disappointing and always exciting, Rubberlegs does it again!
Think Devo and David Bowie meet a Flock of Seagulls and are piloted away by Debbie Harry to the planet Alt.tronica. Sounds over the top, flashy, and lyrically intense? It is, and that IS RUBBERLEGS: "The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1".
The sound, the energy, the double entendre all have a surreal and down right contagious energy. Forget about 80's influences, Rubberlegs takes you to a new dimension of that sound. Not a further exploration of what was, but instead what is. And that is a good thing! For it is Rubberlegs on point, charged, and ready to make you a fan. And you know what? You WILL be glad they did.
Len Rogers
www.stonewallsociety.com
www.outvoice.net

Aaron-Carl

Can't get it outta my head...
When I first heard The Timinator, I immediately thought to myself, "Oh sh**... this will permanantly get stuck in my brain." To this day, it still is. It's one of those songs that you can't help but hum the chorus to. If I were Tim, I'd be blushing right about now... (Slugger with a big hard bat!) Mind you, the references to the TERMINATOR seem a bit dated, but so what. The damn song is catchy... I like it. LOTS.

XOXOXO
Aaron-Carl

Jed Ryan

RUBBERLEGS: The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1
RUBBERLEGS:
"The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1"

From the "Tron"-influenced artwork on the cover of "The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1", the sophomore CD release from downtown NYC cult group Rubberlegs, the innocent listener-to-be may suspect that he's in for something outside of the confines of safe and harmless aural entertainment. He's right. Not content to fit into any predesigned category or to be lumped with any other so-called "cookie-cutter stagnabands", Rubberlegs has created a whole new genre for their captivating style of pop music. The current, newly energized incarnation of the group-- Gordon Smith (AKA "Peg Rubberleg", synth and lead vocals) Bunny Lake (synth and vocals), and Anthony Maulella (percussion)-- weren't just influenced by the so-called alternative, new-wave sounds of the '80s (Think Depeche Mode, OMD, and The Flying Lizards-- but don't think about them too long...). They lived the era-- big hair and all. Pop music from that generation-- where Pac-Man and Rubik's cube were worshipped as the new gods-- was often criticized for relying too much on electronic special effects, presumably taking away from the "human" or "organic" aspects of the music. Rubberlegs boldly defies that criticism, proudly indulging in a variety of electronic clicks, whirrs, blips, chirps, space age-influenced musical nuances, and other outrageous sound effects: human, non-human, and in-between. Using the alternative music that they lived through, and the electronic alchemy that they continue to create, a new genre has emerged: Alt.tronica. "The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1" may evoke the gayest, most personal album that The Pet Shop Boys never made. A big difference is that those British boys' unique sound was characterized by Neil Tennant's steely, distant delivery, as if even his vocal chords were synthetically created by a computer as well. In other words, when singing immortal phrases like "I love you, you pay my rent...", his voice wasn't exactly high on old-fashioned sentiment or emotion. After you become familiar with Rubberlegs' music, you can have fun imagining Gordon Smith singing those same lyrics with his truly irreplaceable vox, and you'll note the difference. The album's calling card, "The Timinator", matches the presumed larger-than-life persona of its subject ("No one is immune from 'The Timinator'!") with appropriately over-the-top lyrics and musical effects-- and some double entendres thrown in. When Gordon croons, "He came in from the farthest left field", one has to wonder if he's talking about politics or softball, given the Timinator's real-life inspiration's love of the sport. There are three versions of the track on this album, all of which are characteristically hard-hitting and infectious. Another featured Rubberlegs favorite in the making is "Bound and Gagged", an unorthodox love song which describes that gray area between commitment ring on your finger and ball 'n' chain around your leg: "When doing thing as alone, you can't escape the phone; It haunts you everywhere, won't you stay out of my hair? I want to get some work done, You want to have your quirk fun..." Rubberlegs groupies may declare, "But wait! Wasn't this song on their first album, 'Leg Warmers, Reheated'?" Yes, it most assuredly was-- but as more astute fans of the group already know, that song was never officially completed. This finalized product alters the original's mid-tempo version just slightly, with a more ethereal, dreamy, and (dare I say) romantic sound. A more sparse version of "Bound and Gagged" (the Chafe Mix) also appears on the CD, pointing out that Gordon's voice can indeed stand on its own.

As their fans know, Rubberlegs' live performances are just as high in energy as their album offerings, and to prove it, "The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1" features a live version of one of Rubberlegs' emblematic classics, "People Who Talk in Elevators", complete with the song's trademark quirky vocalizations. "Lawnchairs", one of the last new wave hits from the '80's (from the group Our Daughter's Wedding in 1981) that hasn't been yet discovered (and subsequently exploited...) for a commercial for Old Navy or Target, also gets the live treatment here. This time, Bunny Lake gets the lead vocals and, the listener will agree, he does the job very well, capturing that somewhat enigmatic aura so often employed by the alterna-pop performers of the '80's. The EP closes with a steely, almost vocal-free version of "The Timinator".

The two weapons in Rubberlegs' all-out war on musical banality are Gordon Smith's voice, bordering between soulful and transcendental (Some may say, perhaps more appropriately, "otherworldly"), and Rubberlegs' high-tech musical mastery, courtesy of all three of these gents (Some may say, perhaps more appropriately, "sick puppies"). But underneath the natural talents of these three guys, and the endless bag of electronic tricks on the album, at the heart of the title track "The Timinator" is a sweet, classically simple boy-boy love story. And isn't it about time we had one? Granted, its questionable whether the real-life inspiration for the song can melt ice caps with just his presence, like his superhero alter ego... but there's little doubt that he inspired his petit ami Gordon to start making music again. And for that, we can all thank "The Timinator".

You won't be immune from the charms of "The Timinator: Boyfriends, Vol. 1". Buy this CD-- and check out more about Rubberlegs-- at www.Rubberlegs.com.

Jed Ryan
PM Entertainment Magazine

Allan Walker and Tom Campbell

Happy! Peppy! and Bursting With Energy!
From the moment you hear that quirky synth sound in the beginning of Timinator, you know that you're in for something different. And this CD doesn't disappoint you. Full of imagination, full of fun, and it's good, too! Listening to this CD is like getting lost in a synth pop amusement park. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

PiercePress.com

This girl loses herself in this music. Thanks Gordon +
Through Timinator and Legwarmers, Rubberlegs offer original, surprising music that makes me want to get up & dance right here in my suburban Mass. home office, in my 50's, surrounded by kids and all the trimmings. I've followed Gordon & co. from the time he & Bob were writing "People Who Talk in Elevators" and I'm grateful they knocked on my musical door again to take my mind out to that aesthetosphere where I seldom go on a daily basis any more. And I miss Bob too; I am glad he lives on in this music. Lots of love & good luck to all! xoxoxo Charlotte

Carol Kassel

Let Rubberlegs be YOUR Boyfriends!
I've been enjoying this CD in my office, where it makes a really fun backdrop to the mundane day-to-day of my work life. It's impossible to keep from bopping my head and tapping my hands in time to "The Timinator," on of my favorite tracks (I like the initial version the best). I also love "People Who Talk in Elevators" - this live track has an immediacy that mirrors the energy of the band when they play live (which you should definitely see if you get the chance). Thanks, guys, for another great CD!