Sputnik - Alan Grandy (lead vocal, guitar), Jay Bentoff (bass, backing vocal), and Jeff Harmon (drums, backing vocal) - began performing together during the recording of Grandy's 1997 solo CD release acrowno'stars (which received critical acclaim from Alternative Press and Seattle Weekly, among others). I, Cosmonaut is Sputnik's debut release, produced by the band and engineered by Bentoff at his Dark Tree Studios. The song 'Alienne' was chosen to be featured in an episode of the FOX Network program 'Wonderfalls'. The song 'Hello' is included on MAGNET Magazine's best-of-2004 (Jan.-Feb. 2005)issue CD sampler. 'Hello' has also been selected to be included on Paste Magazine's February/March 2005 issue CD sampler. New press: 'a delicious, harmony-filled pop debut' - Paste Magazine Feb./March '05 '...a collection of jangly indie-pop songs that deserve a wider audience' - Exclaim (Toronto, ON) 3.9.05 '...quite talented songwriting...tightly-wound arrangements and unique melodies' - All Music Guide 2.17.05 'This Cleveland-based indie group has one of the more intriguing sounds I've heard of late... songs like the driving 'Luvbuzz', 'Elisabeth' and the gentle 'Alienne' (featured in FOX Network's show 'Wonderfalls') recall the grand, tuneful and harmony-filled pop of NC's Connells while the simmering, modal 'Obsession' and 'Untitled' (with a nice 'Paint It Black' riff) are reminiscent of the Feelies classic LP 'The Good Earth' and 'New Boots' and 'Manchild' will bring to mind R.E.M. I'd keep an ear out for these lads.' - Charleston (WV) Daily Mail 11.18.04.
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