Mark Schwaber | two years and thirty minutes

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two years and thirty minutes

by Mark Schwaber

Dark indie pop. "Absolutely amazing" LOU BARLOW (Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, Dinosaur Jr.)
Genre: Rock: Emo
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1. Hell Is Here
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2. Crash Your Ride
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3. Let Down
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4. Ghosting
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5. Invited All
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6. You Won't See Me Cloudy in Your Sky
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7. Watergun
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8. Bounce
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9. Ask a Ghost a Favor
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10. On Your Way
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11. Dignity in Death
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A review of "two years and thirty minutes"

"...The record showcases Schwaber's wide range of talents, from his understatedly brilliant guitar playing (check out the quirky turnaround after the first chorus of "Watergun") to his knack for creating beautiful arrangements (dive into the lovely layers of "Hell is Here" and "Dignity in Death") to his seemingly endless supply of hooks (just try to get the vocal lines on "Let Down" or the guitar line on "Ghosting" out of your head).

The mood on Two Years... shifts from straight-up rock to sparse, nylon-string dirges, but the unmistakable constant is Schwaber's superb songwriting. There are 11 songs in this collection, and only two of them break the three-minute mark. Chalk that brevity up to the fact that Schwaber has mastered one of the most important principles of songwriting: Don't overdo it. He never forces lyrics. If he's said everything he needs to say in a single verse, he brings the song in for a gorgeous, graceful landing, as he does on "Crash Your Ride." If he's written a wonderfully funny and catchy verse, he simply repeats it, as he does on "On Your Way." It's a compelling approach -- compelling the listener to revisit the songs again and again and again."
Greg Saulmon - masslive.com


Just some of the many amazing review of Hospital, the band that Mark
led for 5 years...

"At once stark and luxuriant, the music never overwhelms
with angst but instead works a more subtle seduction;
it's music for tender ears and tired hearts,
a sadcore aficianado's dream come true"
Valley Advocate - 1997

"...an endearing postcard from a faraway place."
The Noise - 2000

"...emotionally charged and showing superior musicianship
the quintet never delivered the expected climax. Instead
they left their audience to suffer...gratefully"
Greenfield Recorder - 1997


bio


After a 3 year hiatus from the band Hospital, singer/songwriter Mark
Schwaber returns with a half hour of eleven pop statements. The record is
entitled "two years and thirty minutes". It is being released on
Pigeon Records, home to such great acts as Spouse, Mike Flood,
Lo Fine, Bully Club, Extendo Ride and many more. Recorded over
2 years at Plummer's Mines Studios (engineered by Karl Ourand of
Bloodbath/Pushbutton Warfare), Slaughterhouse Studios (engineered
by Mark Alan Miller) and Woodmont Studios (engineered by Bruce Tull of the
Scud Mountain Boys and Lo Fine) this collection of short and direct songs is
sad, sweet, stressful and silly. In the past 15 years Mark has toured/performed
along side such acts as Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, Jawbox, Papas Fritas,
Lois Moffeo and hundreds of others. Mark is currently a member of 2 great
Western Mass bands...Lo Fine (www.lofine.com) and Spouse
(www.spousemusic.com)

contact

Pigeon Records
PO Box 3723
Portland, ME 04104

markschwaber@hotmail.com
www.pigeonrecords.com


Reviews


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Christen Greene- faux pas productions

phenomenal
This record is amazing. I haven't taken it out of the stereo since I picked it up a week or so ago. Lyrically, it's simple yet intricate. Musically, it's rich, layered and the production is beautiful. I wasn't surprised to see that some of the tracks were recorded at Slaughter House in Hadley, MA with Mark Alan Miller.
Favourite tracks: 5, 6, 9, 1, 10.
This guy really has something going on.

JJ

Wonderfully manic
Fans of Elliot Smith, Death Cab for Cutie, and Lou Barlow have a new record to procure immediately. Devour repeatedly with delight the tender ballads and pop-rock gems of "Two Years and Thirty Minutes," Mark Schwaber's new release (Pigeon Records).

Schwaber masters the 3 minute make-your-head-bob indie-pop song here with the tracks "On your way" and "Ghosting," and also gives us the minor-key melodies that both feed and heal melancholy with "Hell is here" and "Invited all." The record is wonderfully manic in this way, yet cohesive, like the one or two friends you still bi-annually keep in touch with from high school.
[Note: Turn the car stereo WAY up for track 3, "Let down," and drive around the block a few times making faces at your neighbors with the windows up. It's really fun.]

Shut Eye Records

Every song is a gem
This creative style of ingenious indie pop provided a perfect mix of music that fully satisfied our thirst for new music. It definitely added a fresh new feel to the atmosphere here at Shut Eye that was enjoyed by all. Quite honestly every song on this album is a gem. And if you're in the mood for headphones then I suggest go ahead and entice yourself to some cerebral audio treats. The subtle sound additions in the background of a few tracks add the perfect garnish to the mix. For instance, I absolutely love the mellow "Crash Your Ride." With simple acoustic guitars and laidback vocals, this song stimulates the airwaves with a sound that is almost fragile. I also love the more upbeat tracks "Let Down" and "Watergun." These songs boast melodious electric guitars, solid rhythms and easygoing vocals that provide a perfect compliment to the music. Chris Lewis, Shut Eye Records.

Greg Saulmon

Amazing and long overdue.
The record showcases Schwaber's wide range of talents, from his understatedly brilliant guitar playing (check out the quirky turnaround after the first chorus of "Watergun") to his knack for creating beautiful arrangements (dive into the lovely layers of "Hell is Here" and "Dignity in Death") to his seemingly endless supply of hooks (just try to get the vocal lines on "Let Down" or the guitar line on "Ghosting" out of your head).

The mood on Two Years... shifts from straight-up rock to sparse, nylon-string dirges, but the unmistakable constant is Schwaber's superb songwriting. There are 11 songs in this collection, and only two of them break the three-minute mark. Chalk that brevity up to the fact that Schwaber has mastered one of the most important principles of songwriting: Don't overdo it. He never forces lyrics. If he's said everything he needs to say in a single verse, he brings the song in for a gorgeous, graceful landing, as he does on "Crash Your Ride." If he's written a wonderfully funny and catchy verse, he simply repeats it, as he does on "On Your Way." It's a compelling approach -- compelling the listener to revisit the songs again and again and again.