Road to Hell Is Paved
'Thoughtfully introspective best describes the second release from this Maine-based musical sonic treat. Rural Electric is somber and twangy and deliciously organic. . . This could easily find it's way into the pile with other songwriting works of genius, like Willard Grant Conspiracy and Richard Thompson. The Road to Hell is Paved oozes with great music.' The Noise 'The Road To Hell Is Paved contains thirteen of the most refreshingly peculiar tracks I've heard in a long time. . . With indie bands like Rural Electric creating such well-crafted sonic gems, perhaps commercial radio will take note and raise the bar a few notches.' Motif Magazine 'I wrote about Rural Electric's debut a couple years back, surprised and excited by the duo of Andy Vietze and Alan Gibson and their modest, inspired folk rock songs. Two years later finds their sound increasingly refined, taking more and better risks, and generally a fine step forward for the band. . . Rural Electric will go further onward and upward.' Popmatters Someone once said that rural electric sound like what might have happened if Sonic Youth were the backing band for Simon and Garfunkel. That person must not get out much. While principal songwriters Andy Vietze and Alan Gibson can both Garfunkel with the best of them, and while the band does fuzz up it's folk rock tunes, they have their own style (and they don't get as noisy as SY). The band came together when Andy (park ranger) and Alan (carpenter) met on a Maine soccer field. Soon after, they discovered a mutual interest in artists like Vic Chesnutt, Billy Bragg, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Elliot Smith, singer-songwriters who brought punk rock sensibilities to their acoustic and folk based tunes. Which isn't surprising, since Andy played with Cambridge, MA-based noise collective PuddingMaker, appearing on their final record, and Alan studied fingerpicking with some of the bigger names in Northeast folk. The pair recorded their self-titled debut in 2002 to much acclaim and radio play - in Maine At the time rural electric was playing as a duo - if Billy Bragg wanted to be a one-man Clash, Vietze and Gibson wanted to be a two-man Billy Bragg. And their record reflected that, entwining their twin electric guitars and harmonizing voices. For their sophomore release the pair have added a friend, Andrew Carpenter (soil scientist), to fill out the low end, and they've filled out their sound, too, adding piano and keys, cello and vibes to their two guitar attack. The result is the road to hell is paved, a record that will surely bring the band still more acclaim and more airplay, this time nationwide. Rural electric have taken their folk and punk roots and blended them into what is arguably the best indie rock band in Mane. Just listen.
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