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SATELLITE ELVIS / Press

“ What they play: "We take a pop approach to rock," said guitarist Hurd. "It's not just energy and noise." The songs on their newest tape include the tough rhythms of Goin' Down Hard or I'm Down and the more delicate Abducto, with its chiming guitar riff. History: This New Bedford-based band reversed the usual order of things, starting out as a studio project about three years ago and then evolving into a live band. Hurd and Hadfield met through a mutual friend. "I heard him playng one of his songs on acoustic guitar, and I could just hear it coming over the radio," Hurd said. The two started recording at a small studio, then hooked up with Rosenberg, a childhood friend of Hadfield. Drummer Macomber, the final member to join, had once played with Hurd in a cover band. Name game: Originally, the band was called Cadillac Elvis, but that had something of a retro feel -- "too dusty" as Hurd puts it. "Satellite," on the other hand, has that space-age appeal.”

“New Bedford doesn't seem the most likely place for a radio-ready modern-pop band to spring from, but Satellite Elvis threatens to put the old whaling town's little underground rock scene on the map. Hooky riffs, pleasant tenor vocals, a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, and a sense of humor -- especially in the rock-lifestyle parody "Cadillac on the Hill" and the ironic suicide dirge "Last Song" -- make this debut CD easy listening (in the complimentary sense). Guitar solos are minimal but melodic; at times the band's gift for understatement echoes back to the '60s and one-hit wonders like Love and Kaleidoscope -- bare-boned and beautiful. Overall, the CD sounds like what it is: a promising homespun debut, with lots of potential.”

“Paul Hadfield and Arthur Hurd: "We just want to thank you for all your hard work and for everything you've done - getting our name in the paper again and again and getting our song on the radio. A thousand thank you's to you."”

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