Rock Band Has Republicans Seeing Orange

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Some Republicans have been seething about rock band Audio FictionÂ?s just released single Â?Tick TockÂ?, a subtle attack on George W. Bush and his reasons for invading Iraq. As lyrics in the song say, Â?life is good if your on the right sideÂ? perfectly epitomizes the attitude of the Bush administration according to some critics. Â?Tick TockÂ? is their first single from their debut record "Songs in the Key of Orange Alert".

Some Republicans have been seething about New York rock band Audio Fiction’s just released single “Tick Tock”, a subtle attack on George W. Bush and his reasons for invading Iraq. As lyrics in the song say, “life is good if you're on the right side” perfectly epitomizes the attitude of the Bush administration according to some critics. “Tick Tock” is their first single from their debut record Songs in the Key of Orange Alert. The band denies that the timing of the GOP convention is related to the release schedule.

“The song is certainly inspired by Bush’s march into Iraq looking for non-existent WMD’s. But we’re not all politics -- it’s a catchy pop song,” says lead singer Mimi Ferraro. She then quipped, “but I could see why the chorus line, ‘I am the American Psycho’ would bother the Republicans.” Mark O’Toole, drummer for the band, dismissed recent talk that the band is affiliated with MoveOn.org . “We’re a rock band. We are not a part of any organization but hey, it would be nice if Washington actually paid New York City the money it promised us for homeland security.” Ed Gillespie, Chairman of the Republican National Committee declined to comment.

The record’s title, "Songs in the Key of Orange Alert", is inspired by the New York “terror alert” status under which the songs were written. While no other track on the record is as overtly political as the aforementioned anti-Bush anthem “Tick Tock,” each song deals in one way or another with the anxiety endemic to our place and time. Whether it be in context of romantic relationships (“Bless Me,” “Impenetrable,” “Wanna Be Wild”), unemployment (“Don’t Do It”), or all-purpose existential angst with a New York time-crunch twist (“Race the Hourglass”), what all the tracks have in common is an underlying uncertainty. This, coupled with Audio Fiction’s sardonic wit and tongue-in-cheek humor, make for an CD that is unique, compelling and entertaining.

Audio Fiction's music crosses between Blondie and No Doubt, but the lead singer is a natural brunette, and their aesthetic shines more like the bastard step-child of Blondie and Evanescence. 80’s retro chic made cool.

The band has announced a college radio promotion venture with The Planetary Group, a Boston-based radio promotion company, whose past clients include David Bowie, The Foo Fighters, and Ben Folds Five. The band will be playing selected venues in the Northeast in November and December. Check out their site for the latest schedule http://www.audiofictionband.com

“To the band's surprise and amusement, the song has already been embraced by Democrats and Liberals alike when it comes to questioning the current administration’s policies in Iraq. While the song has a serious subject matter, it is played as a catchy pop/rock song with a healthy dose of irony and catchy riffs,” ModernRock.com

You can purchase copies of the Audio Fiction’s debut EP, Songs in the Key of Orange Alert, in selected record stores, Tower Records online and http://www.cdbaby.com and AOL’s Netmusic & iTunes.

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