Alamo Basement

by Lesser Bangs

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“Float around in Lesser Bangs’ ocean for a spell and one begins to see they’re special, the sort of band that becomes “the” band for a dedicated core flock. “Droids,” offers the first inkling of the group’s subtle, weird humor, which is reminiscent of early Steely Dan. That sophisticated touchstone is one of several that stroll around Alamo Basement, which feels resolutely modern but totally aware of Pink Floyd, Phish and other archetypal ancestors that don’t start with “P” like The Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips."

-Dennis King, Dirty Impound


"The Portland psychedelic rockers clearly aspire to Sgt.-Pepper-meets-Dark-Side heights as indicated by the anthemic song “Droids.” Meanwhile “Set the Record” could have been an outtake on a late ‘70s Supertramp album, albeit if it had been recorded by Jack White. Meanwhile, the trippy gospel-infused “Leave Me Be” showcases the group’s strength, which is melody with a capital “M". Listening to the debut album “Alamo Basement” by Lesser Bangs is a sheer delight.”

-Rob Cullivan, Portland Tribune”


“Alamo Basement's highlights are many, including the fragile but triumphant chorus of "Zocalo" and the involving narrative of "Catfish Hunter. I don't know if Lester Bangs would rave and drool over Alamo Basement, the warm, furry debut album from the Portland quartet, but I'm definitely on board.”

-Ned Lannamann, Portland Mercury

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released 27 August 2013
Engineered and mixed by Josh Powell at The Map Room, Portland, Oregon
Mastered by Ben Collette at The Tank studio, Burlington, Vermont

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