The Halo Benders - The Rebels Not In


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The Rebels Not In is the third album by The Halo Benders, originally released on K Records in 1998. The album has been newly remastered for this 2021 reissue.

The Halo Benders were a collaboration between Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) and Doug Martsch (Built To Spill). Imagine if Shakespeare had a typewriter, a life span stretching to the end of the twentieth century, and a compulsive/random two-fingered-peck typing style; it is quite possible he could have (eventually) written the entire eleven songs on The Rebels Not In. On the third of their three albums, The Halo Benders celebrated the death of alt rock in a new and exciting way: guitar bass drums two thumbs up and four stars (out of four). 

Like the first two Halo Benders albums, The Rebels Not In was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington. Doug Martsch wails away on guitar and voice accompanied by Calvin Johnson (guitar and voice with a strong Jackson Pollock influence), Ralf Youtz (drums and guitar), and Wayne Flower (bass and drum). Steve Fisk makes his customary appearance on various songs playing organ, synthesizer, harmonium and theremin. As always, vocal dynamics abound in somersaults and cartwheels, augmented by Doug's idiosyncratic guitar pyrotechnics. The songs on The Rebels Not In have all sorts of problems to solve, and they always do by the end of the last reel. 

  1. Virginia Reel Around the Fountain
  2. Your Asterisk
  3. Lonesome Sundown
  4. Devil City Destiny
  5. Love Travels Faster
  6. Do That Thing
  7. Surfer's Haze
  8. Bury Me
  9. Turn It My Way
  10. Rebels Got a Hole in it


  • US import 
  • White-shell cassette housed in clear case with 6-panel J-card 
  • Newly remastered audio 




also available: 
The Halo Benders - God Don't Make No Junk   LP | CASSETTE 
The Halo Benders - Don't Tell Me Now   LP | CASSETTE 


see also: 
Beat Happening - Black Candy   LP 
Beat Happening - Crashing Through   7" EP 
Beat Happening - Music To Climb The Apple Tree By   CD 
Beat Happening - We Are Beat Happening   7LP boxset 
Beat Happening - Crashing Through (Meyering Mix)   7" 
Dub Narcotic Sound System - The Rhythm Record Volume One: Echoes From The Scene Control Room   LP | CASSETTE 
Dub Narcotic Sound System - Bone Dry   12" EP 
Dub Narcotic Sound System - Boot Party   LP 

Calvin Johnson - What Was Me   LP | CD 
Calvin Johnson - A Wonderful Beast   LP | CD 
Built To Spill - Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston   LP | CD 
Boise Cover Band - Unoriginal Artists   LP | CD 


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