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"Unusual Pittsburgh pop quartet whose music runs an insanely wide path, recalling everything from Blondie to the first White Noise album at various times. Quite a nice way to remake/remodel things by shifting them around right before our ears."
Byron Coley - The Wire Magazine (Issue 355, September 2013)

"“Songs” is a busy piece of hallucinogenic pop from one of the Steel City’s most underrated bands."
Patrick Bowman - Decoder Magazine

"Their free rolling approach is extremely difficult – in a positive way -to pin down."
Dominic Valvona - Monolith Cocktail

"What's better than waking up to an inbox filled with new music is when you actually like the music that's been sent."
The Reviewer - Room Of Reviews

"With the pressure to perform intensified by the success of 'Superpowerfragilis,' The Van Allen Belt has taken a new approach to making music."
Andrew Gretchko - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"This group are one of the greatest living embodiments of musical endeavour on the planet."
Kevin Dunphy - MP3 Hugger

"You will feel good after listening to this."
humana - KFJC Radio


released May 31, 2013

All Songs written and produced by Benjamin K. Ferris and recorded by
The Van Allen Belt
Artwork by Joseph Loughborough www.josephloughborough.co.uk
© 2013



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The Van Allen Belt Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Van Allen Belt is impossible to categorize, luscious to listen to. This isn't your typical trippy, psychedelic music ― this is unique.

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Track Name: Humanist Hymn

Heaven I hear is a great place to dance
Don't lose your fear, keep up those chants
You could have a paradise
Or a planet of your own
Do you need it to be nice
The only rules you've ever known

And one more thing
I only do right because it feels good

Karma sounds nice, but can it make rice?
Nature keeps score, just ask the poor
To think we have our own accord
I never needed a reward
I don't have urges to attack
'Cause I want folks to like me back

And one more thing
I only do right because it feels good
Track Name: Taste

I have trouble with my taste
Seems that sense has been replaced
Nothing is more absurd to me
Than falling in love with currency

And out in the wild all the lions fight it out
I’m too busy having important things to talk about

Pay no attention to the pirates you can blame
Did you hear so-and-so is going with what’s-her-name?

There is nothing left to taste
Every flavor’s been erased
Taking a bath in luxury
Feeding this great catastrophe

Tracking lines on the old-time rewind
All these pieces have long been assigned
Track Name: Songs

I was given something by a something in the air
Or a girl with curly hair
Who had been unaware
That I was learning how to fight the army of despair

If life would send me misery, I’d tell it is was wrong
And then I’d make it sing along
Lost in some melody
You could never get to me
I was so obsessed, you see
I was my own giving tree

Spent the better part of my life writing tunes in vain
Sometimes to kill the pain
Sometimes just to explain
The comedy that never ends inside my foolish brain

When I met you, you were just the perfectest of all
An angel in the sun as I recall
It was you who had a clue
And the interest only grew
So easy to talk to you
But I was still with you know who

Grandeur of delusions is the nature of the job
Our world is in a huff
Is pleasure not enough?
Like I was gonna liberate some country with my stuff

Or somehow I could kill the sadness in somebody else
If I could make a sound cast spells
I’m a shaman in disguise
I will win the Nobel Prize
I’ll defuse bombs with my eyes
And take down all the oil guys

What’s the good in all of that when it ain’t next to you
And in my Xanadu
In the heights of 412
I’m writing lovey-dovey crap instead of something new

I would like to be there when you have a funny thought
I’ll throw on the coffee pot
Do you still take it black?
Maybe I could make a snack
We can laugh at Nickelback
And grab a vinyl from the stack

So, silly me, I thought that I could win you with a song
But songs don’t really work

Call me sometime
If you dare
I don’t care if you’re sorry or something
But in my mind
And on my bike
You’re just the kind
I can’t dislike

How’s your new life?
How’s the job?
I’ve been living in hungrier places
But even with that being said
I feel the best times are ahead

You can see I’m trying
And failure I’m achieving
The world’ll go on dying
Your presence is relieving

Hard for me to say it
I know I have an issue
But, baby, you’re the crazy
If you don’t think I miss you

Can’t shake you from my thoughts
Got a habit of missing shots
Does writing this make me a jerk?
Cuz I know songs don’t really work
And if they did I’d probably…