New Heathens
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Very appreciative that Hello Disaster made #16 on The Alternate Root's top 20 albums of 2010.

Here's Reb Lander's list.

Reb Landers’ Top 20 Roots/Americana Albums for 2010

Reb Landers host of "Alternate Root TV"

1.   Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez – The Deep End
2.   Dangermuffin - Moonscapes
3.   Raul Malo – Saints and Sinners
4.   Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
5.   The John Henrys – White Linen
6.   Yarn – Come On In
7.   Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
8.   Paul Thorn – Pimps and Preachers
9.   Mike Farris – The Night the Cumberland Came Alive
10. Lubriphonic – The Gig is On
11. Will Kimbrough – Wings
12. Duke Robillard – Passport to the Blues
13. Eden Brent – Ain’t Got No Troubles
14. American Graveyard – Hallelujahland
15. Ellis Paul – The Day After Everything Changed
16. The New Heathens – Hello Disaster
17. Peter Parcek 3 – The Mathematics of Love
18. Stone River Boys – Love on the Dial
19. John Mellencamp – No Better Than This
20. Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters – Spread the Love

In October the New Heathens were artist of the week at The Alternate Root, and that fine journal of roots and American music had this to say about Hello Disaster:

"Recently the mailbox was blessed with a CD by a band from New York called the New Heathens. Not to be confused with Band of Heathens but equally as good, totally different in sound and with some luck maybe as successful. “Hello Disaster” will floor you. Truth be told  during the 1980’s the Del Lords, the Smithereens, the Rave-Ups et. al. were "real" alt-country staples. The fact that Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, guitarist for the Del Lords, produced and played some tasty guitar on ‘Hello Disaster’ may have something to do with why this has become a staple today. Not since the Bottlerockets ‘Radar Gun’ has Americana roots music that rocks like this. And rock it does; from the opening note to the last. Nate Schwebber’s vocal’s ebb and flows with the album’s mix of beer soaked rock and roll and cool country rhythms. ‘Hello Disaster’ has more hooks than a tackle box and more ways to bait you in.

There is something about the unbridled joy of playing rock'n'roll. The first chords and beats that come together in a basement or garage start in motion a ball that will keep moving as long their is momentum. For some, the garage disappears a bit as time moves on and playing is perfected. For others, they clearly develop move of a mastery of instruments but never lose that heart pounding, beat driven simplicity that is the calling card of the Big R, little n, Big R. That memory, and ability to craft three/four minute power punches, is the stuff that drives New Heathens sophomore album effort, 'Hello Disaster".

It rattles and rolls ("Feelin' Lucky Again", "27 Years"), glides and shuffles ("Thankless War", "Only gets Better" and burns rubber ("Crybaby", "Proud Highway"). Whether the electric becomes acoustic ("Bastard Like Me") or the pound of the beat gently sways ("I Thought You Were My Friend"), 'Hello Disaster stays close to the garage electrical outlets that housed the jangle of 60's guitars. For New Heathens, that works. The band brings the best of the final four decades of the last century and shines them up with their own sound stamp."

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