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Let You Down

by Two Ton Strap

Full-length vinyl album from the rambunctious country-punk Taos New Mexico band.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Uppers
3:03 $0.59
2. Daddy's Home
3:44 $0.59
3. Charlie's Song
3:41 $0.59
4. To the King (Mixed Amphetamines)
3:39 $0.59
5. KC's Song
5:06 $0.59
6. Kansas Women
6:04 $0.59
7. I Remember
5:41 $0.59
8. Friday Night
2:39 $0.59
9. 66
4:05 $0.59
10. No Liberty
3:55 $0.59
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Album Notes
Recorded on 2-inch reel-to-reel tape in an all-analog studio barn in Questa and packaged in a cardboard handprinted LP sleeve, Let You Down is a throwback, both inside and out. Since forming seven years ago, Two Ton Strap has released a smattering of homespun recordings, an approach that matches the band’s DIY ethos but has left fans secretly yearning for something a bit more polished. Let You Down is a triumph in that it successfully captures the band’s reckless concert vibe while presenting the music in high-quality audio—no easy feat. It might be complete bullshit, but I genuinely believe that music sounds best heard through a stylus and a phonograph record.

Let You Down offers up all the vicarious aural gratification that New Mexicans have come to expect from the songwriting duo of Kan Namba (banjo) and Kevyn Gilbert (guitar), as well as the deceptively tight rhythm section of Max Moulton (drums) and Danny Montoya (bass). “The Uppers” revels in the highs and laments in the lows of copious drug consumption and heartbreak (“The uppers will get you going/The downers will level you out/The whiskey keeps you up/So I can let you down”). “Tribute to the King” pays homage not so much to Elvis’ legacy but to his flaws and idiosyncrasies (“Mixed amphetamines doesn’t mean that Elvis was a sinner/He played his guitar loud and sang his songs so we could feel better”). “I Remember” is a slow-burning honky-tonk ballad as performed by a lovesick patriot junkie (“I pledge allegiance to the flag/of the United States of America”). Let You Down is a gritty analog gem from one of Northern New Mexico’s most eclectic and unabashed independent bands. (TEL)

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