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Pure Pop Poison

by Rakehell

It's minimalist Indie-Pop made with archaic technology (Alesis HR-16 Drum Machine/Ibanez Strat Copy Guitar), some sweet vocal harmonies, and plenty of black humor.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Empty Spaces
3:06 album only
2. Outdoor Miner
2:38 album only
3. Secret Ambition
2:52 album only
4. Americonfusion
2:53 album only
5. New World Disorder
2:55 album only
6. Occupy Him!
2:55 album only
7. Bully Pulpit
3:33 album only
8. 8-Track Love
2:12 album only
9. Love Is Confusion
2:40 album only
10. Love with You
3:19 album only
11. Feeling Rejected
4:26 album only
12. Little Red Fire Engine
5:53 album only
13. Confusion Redux
2:44 album only


Album Notes
The debut LP for RAKEHELL (which is actually the name of an extreme solo project by Russ Forster) has been over a decade in the making, with recording and mixing coming in between nursing school, a difficult move from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA, and many full- and part-time nursing gigs. The whole project started as a personal dare in 2001, when Forster recorded the first RAKEHELL tracks at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, OR (with Tape-Op magazine editor and ELLIOTT SMITH/QUASI recordist Larry Crane at the board). Though only one song from those initial sessions ended up on the final LP, the ball was rolling.

Over the next 11 years, Forster saved his pennies to blow on recording and mixing sessions conducted in his home town of Chicago, IL. The sessions were often grueling all-day affairs, with Forster often recording the entire instrumental tracks for four songs in a 10-hour marathon, coming back to record overdubs and vocals the following day. Basic tracks started with a pre-programmed Alesis HR-16 drum machine underpinning while Forster pounded out riffs on a battered Ibanez Stratocaster copy guitar. With occasional bass guitar and keyboards plus plenty of layered vocals to fill out the mix, the recording experience made Forster appreciate the genius of similar extreme solo recordings by the likes of TODD RUNDGREN, EMITT RHODES, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PRINCE and ROY WOOD all the more.

Finally in 2011 recording and mixing for the project was completed at The Beast Of Baden studio in South San Francisco with Willy Seekamp as engineer and Forster the sole musician throughout (with the exception of one bass guitar part and some handclaps). The result presents a singular vision of an All-American Boy obsessed with the political and the passionate aspects of life, and fully confused by both. To complete the quirkiness of the project and to express his love for analog sound reproduction, the final release is available on vinyl LP only. How lucky that the release of this LP has coincided with vinyl sales on the rise after years of malaise!

Check out the Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/rakehellonvinyl/ and https://www.facebook.com/rakehellbandsf/ and https://www.facebook.com/3PeasRecords/ and https://www.facebook.com/3-Peas-Records-Seven-Inches-287948592104655/ if you have some time to waste. And don’t be shy about contacting Russ Forster/Three Peas Records at P.O. Box 590969/San Francisco/CA/94159/USA (he particularly loves postcards) or (415) 563-5961 or rockandrollnurse@gmail.com.



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