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Love Tractor / Press

"Most of Love Tractor's material moved at the steady pace of 1960's folk-rock, using winsome guitar leads above a cushion of rhythm guitar and a reassuring bass. Like instrumentals by the Ventures or the Raybeats, Love Tractor's tunes use two or three recurring segments and little improvisation. But they don't repeat - they develop. Where song lyrics might have told a story, Love Tractor let the texture of the music thicken. The drumming would get busier, or the bass line pushier, or the lead guitar line more intricate; the clear, catchy melodies grew more urgent with each reprise. When a vocal would float in for a few moments, it was just one more unassuming, thoroughly melodic piece of a song."

"Love Tractor plays funky and interesting pop rock. Much of this music is quite inventive, and never strident or grating. Call it easy listening for the thinking man."

"And then there was Love Tractor, the ethereal pop band that was just as influential in drawing attention to the sleepy college town's storehouse of talent with college radio hit albums like 1983's Around the Bend and '87's This Ain't No Outer Space Ship."

"As one of the inadvertent architects of the Athens, GA scene and sound, Love Tractor, along with Pylon and R.E.M., was essential in staking out the jangly and dancey folk rock that would, and still have, a huge influence on subsequent generations."

"Love Tractor, Before and After Christmas: Some acts use Bing Crosby as the launching pad for their holiday offerings. These Southern eccentrics start with Brian Eno."

"I guess for me, my Athens theme song will always be Love Tractor’s “Fun to Be Happy.” The quirky little song starts off our little cult film Athens, GA: Inside Out. It may not be everything that Athens is, but it’s good enough for me."

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