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The Refusers
Album: Disobey (2018)

THE REFUSERS CAPTURE THE FIRE AND FURY OF DEFIANT ROCK N ROLL WITH AN URGENT CALL TO ‘DISOBEY’
The Refuser’s incendiary new album, fueled by the insanity of the Trump era, social injustice, congressional corruption and the gap between the haves and have nots– is an epic call to refuse to accept the messed up way things are, fight back and yes, Disobey.
The Refusers drive their manifesto with some kick-ass rock and roll that commands our attention. The band of top flight musicians includes Michael Belkin (guitars/songs/lead vocals), keyboardists Eric Robert who has performed with Keb’ Mo’, Joe Doria (who contributes a powerhouse B-3 organ solo on “Eruption”), drummer Brendan Hill from Blues Traveler and bassist/vocalist Steve Newton.
Belkin’s lyrics are tight, on point, blistering and incisive rages against the machine that controls us. On the incendiary opening track “Playing With Fire,” he points out the oxymorons that define the U.S.: “Freedom is slavery/Ignorance is strength/War is Peace/Big Brother’s Calling/Nation of sheep/Playing with Fire.” The soulful rock/funk jam “Eruption” lays out what’s hopefully coming: “Gonna Be an eruption/Too much corruption/headed for disruption.” Then on the scorching blues/rock title track, he gives an order which he seriously hopes protesters of all stripes will be singing and chanting as they continue to beg for wrongs to be righted and those who dominate to go down: “Disobey! What’d I say? Disobey! Don’t fade away/Disobey! How dare they? They’ve got you caged/Take off the chains.”
Belkin and The Refusers rail against Big Pharma’s opioid massacres (‘Why Do They Lie?”), the fact that we’re “Government Slaves,” economic inequities between the fat cats and the poor falling further behind (“Free The Captives”) and of course, our pathetic addiction to the “Fake News” corporately run media organizations feed us. There is respite and hope, however in “Emancipation” and especially the rollicking “My Baby Loves Rock and Roll,” which playfully knocks rap while asserting the enduring power of rock and roll.
Belkin, the band’s founder, songwriter, producer, lead singer and guitarist, muses, “An album called Disobey by a group called The Refusers – you can’t get any more defiant than that, and that is exactly what rock and roll is supposed to be. We embody that classic spirit of defiance that defines rock in any era!”
The Refusers have performed at The Bottle Rock Festival in Napa opening for the Black Keys and Kings of Leon and at Seattle venues such as The Crocodile and Seattle Center.


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# (PST) Name length Rating Notes
1 9:00 Playing With Fire 03:13 4 New song
2 9:03 Why Do They Lie 03:09 4 New song
3 9:06 Disobey 02:57 4 New song
4 9:09 Eruption 03:15 4 New song
5 9:12 My Baby Loves Rock And Roll 02:51 4 New song
6 9:15 Fake News 03:15 4 New song
7 9:19 Government Slave 02:52 4 New song
8 9:22 Free The Captives 04:05 4 New song
9 9:26 Emancipation 03:25 4 New song

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All Taken  

All Taken is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles. Formed in 2015 as a duo by long-time friends Daniel Daghlarian and Avo Karapetyan, All Taken melds electronic and hard rock, along with a bit of 90s grunge, to create their dynamic alt-rock sound. Daniel plays guitar and sings lead vocals, and Avo pounds the drums and sings backup.
They released a strong debut single “Burning Red” in 2016, and followed up in March 2017 with their EP Accept This, which I reviewed. They’ve just dropped a hard-driving new single “Smells Like Mistakes,” and they sound better than ever. (They also recently hired a new bass player after the song was recorded, but he will play on all future tracks.)
The track opens strong with an explosion of gnarly, stabbing guitar riffs that rip through the airwaves, aided and abetted by heavy crushing bass and pounding drums. At the chorus, Daniel lets loose with a blistering guitar solo while Avo hammers out a powerful military beat on his drums and furiously crashes the cymbals. You give me chills guys!
Daniel’s vocals sound great as he passionately wails the lyrics about a man dissipated from a self-destructive life lived hard: “It wasn’t what he said. It was those tired eyes. Cigarettes dangling from lips dried up from whiskey sips. The twists and turns that life may take. You’re just a man who smells like mistakes.” More at: eclecticmusiclover.com



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# (PT) Artist Name length Rating Notes
10 9:29 All Taken Smells Like Mistakes 02:40 4 New song
11 9:32 Robert O'Connor You Found Me 04:18 4 New song
12 9:36 AirCrash Detectives Zeros and Ones 03:22 4
13 9:40 Neil Taylor Everybody Seems To Know My Name 03:34 4
14 9:44 W. Dire Wolff The Crossing Guards 03:08 4
15 9:47 Alan Garmonsway Our Different Ways 05:22 4
16 9:52 Dave Vargo Finding My Way To You 03:47 4
17 9:56 Russell Foisy Pride 04:10 4
18 10:00 Forge The Rubicon Runaway 04:17 4
19 10:05 Kim Smith Smith and Brown 02:47 4
20 10:08 Richard Gilbert Tell Me That You Love Me Too 04:06 4
21 10:12 Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers Psychopaths & Sycophants 04:31 4
22 10:16 Liz Fawcett Start Again 03:31 4 New song
23 10:20 Velvet Starlings Life Aint Getting You High 04:16 4 New song
24 10:24 Bob Rylett Cheeky Come Home 03:29 4
25 10:28 Bouncing Betty Why 04:19 4
26 10:32 Lovely is to the Bone Sunshine 03:12 4
27 10:36 Robert O'Connor No Second Chances 03:45 4 New song
28 10:39 TolbertToz HeartBeat 03:51 4
29 10:43 Templeton  Necessary 05:21 4
30 10:49 Joshua Rich Wanna See You Again 03:52 4
31 10:53 Marshall Potts Out Here 03:42 4
32 10:56 After Alice Who I Am 04:34 4
33 11:01 Alan Fish Four Truths 03:02 4
34 11:04 Axemaster Flowers for the Dead 04:54 4
35 11:09 Allen and Douglas Two Into One 03:19 4
36 11:13 Jeremy Porter and The Tucos Don't Worry 03:28 4
37 11:16 Alessandro Bagagli Signs on the Wall 04:51 4
38 11:21 Booker Creed I'm Coming Home 03:00 4
39 11:24 Darby Picnic Potty Mouth 04:09 4
40 11:28 Dave Burks Beach Chillin 03:34 4
41 11:32 Dead Harvest Leave It Alone 04:11 4
42 11:36 deleo Cosmic 04:07 4
43 11:41 Desmond Grundy Waiting For The Man 03:29 4
44 11:44 electric mud Through the Gates 04:37 4
45 11:49 Guy Leroux Even Elvis Got The Blues 03:41 4
46 11:53 Impulse Control You've Got to be Kidding Me 04:06 4
47 11:57 Jack Kirton Ain't Gonna Change my Mind 04:45 4
48 12:02 KDX Rose Colored Eyes 03:27 4
49 12:05 Lance Glass Do I Need A Reason 03:30 4
50 12:09 Mack Meadows Time Off 04:03 4
51 12:13 Mark Rogers Imagining 03:03 4
52 12:16 Mark Rogers Qualifiers mstrd 03:32 4
53 12:20 One River Gift of Tears 03:23 4
54 12:23 Prince Charman The Winning Team 03:00 4
55 12:26 Psy of the Dead Winter Snow 03:25 4
56 12:30 RedLight C'est La Vie 04:12 4
57 12:34 Söur Bruthers Sinkin' Down 05:04 4
58 12:39 The Discarded Do you want it now_ 03:47 4
59 12:43 The Saw Back Stabber 04:49 4
60 12:48 Traces of Dawn Communcations Done 04:50 4
61 12:53 WholeSpirit Only When I Breathe 03:08 4
62 12:56 Andrew D. Huber Brandon Bay 03:13 4
63 12:59 Brad Curtis & The SOME x 6 Band Flashing Like A Light 03:22 4
64 1:03 Crawling Solo Turn The Page 03:53 4
65 1:07 Our House, in The Woods, MN Everybodys-Day 05:25 4 New song
66 1:12 lori nebo Standing Stronger 04:01 4
67 1:16 Garry Moore God Is Bigger 04:07 3
68 1:20 Ivar Sigurbergsson Happening now 04:07 3
69 1:25 EXTHIEVES Sentimental Fool 03:10 3
70 1:28 Riff Reign Been A Long Time 04:01 3
71 1:32 Wilson Daniels Whiskey Bride 03:49 3
72 1:36 DARRELL HEATH MY DOG SPIKE 03:16 3
73 1:39 Juxta & Grand Space Adventure Heroes 03:25 3
74 1:43 Mick J Clark There's Nothing Anybody Can Do 03:22 3
75 1:46 Shadowperimeter Seasons 03:55 3
76 1:50 Marc Ceccotti Like all the beautiful things 04:22 2 New song
77 1:55 Garry Moore Runnin Got To Make 100 04:29 2 New song