Cat Bird Seat
Press Release for Catbird Seat FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ROBIN LANE RETURNS WITH CATBIRD SEAT Robin Lane, described as 'the most talented female artist to come out of New Wave rock', continues her musical journey with the release of Catbird Seat, her most insightful and self assured album to date. Produced in a stripped down fashion evocative of her LA folk-rock roots, Catbird Seat is woven together with Robin's inimitable sense of melody and performed with vocals that Nat Hentoff once referred to as '...ominous, desperately tender, and cuttingly illuminating.' Robin Lane began her recording career with Neil Young in 1969, singing the duet 'Round & Round' on Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. She went on to form Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, a critically acclaimed New Wave band who recorded three albums for Warner Brothers in the early 1980's. While taking a deliberate hiatus from recording to raise her daughter, Robin concentrated on song writing, developing songs for herself and writing for other artists. One song she wrote during this time was 'Wishing On Telstar' which was recorded by former Bangle Susanna Hoffs on her 1991 solo release. During the past few years Robin has been performing her material in club settings. 'I've seen Robin capture an entire room with nothing but her guitar and her songs' says Ocean Music president Bob Kempf. 'Whenever I hear her perform, I am struck not only by the songs, but also by the unadorned way she delivers them. Robin is incredibly genuine - on stage, on record, in her songs, and in her life.' Lane, sanguine about the upcoming release, commented: 'I wanted to make an album of songs, where the song itself was the focal point. We kept the arrangements simple but I did have some fun with interesting and unusual harmonies. I guess you could say that while we stayed stripped down, we painted some soundscapes.' Catbird Seat was co-produced by Robin and Ducky Carlisle, who called upon Barrence Whitfield's Savages to record many of the tracks. 'Using the Savages gave the album a certain edge,' says Carlisle. Catbird Seat is being released by the independent label Ocean Music which is distributed nationally by Distribution North America. The album released on March 21. A national tour this spring and summer will accompany the release. Robin Lane Bio Robin Lane was born into a musical family in the city of Los Angeles. Her father was a songwriter and musical director for Dean Martin who wrote the hit 'Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.' During high school, the valley girl became immersed in the music scene and the alternative life style of the late 60's and was inspired to write her own songs that she performed in the local folk and rock clubs. She began informal collaborations with the band Crazy Horse and Danny Whitten, who Robin cites as the critical force in her development as an artist. This association led to her more formal debut - singing with Neil Young on his album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Anxious to develop her own music, Robin opted to leave the wild and overwhelming music and show business scene of LA, moved to the Pennsylvania farm country, Manhattan, and finally Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was in Cambridge in the late 70's, in an environment of cultural and intellectual experimentation that Robin was able to integrate punk and new wave influences, East Coast folk, and West Coast rock in her songs and her band -- the legendary Robin Lane and The Chartbusters. The band included ex-Modern Lovers Asa Brebner and Leroy Radcliffe who infected Lane's songs and sensibilities even further with their garage rock sound. Robin Lane and the Chartbusters recorded three albums for Warner Brothers Records: Robin Lane and the Chartbusters (1980), the live EP 5 Live, and Imitation Life (1981). Two singles from her first album, 'When Things Go Wrong' and 'Why Do You Tell Lies?' received extensive national airplay. The New Rolling Stone Record Guide gave the first album a prestigious four-star rating. Wrote Geoffrey Himes for the Washington Post, 'Though Blondie's Deborah Harry and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde have had more hits and better press, Robin Lane looms large as the most talented female artist to come out of New Wave Rock.' Robin Lane and the Chartbusters toured extensively as headliners and opening for such bands as The Kinks, The Cars, Hall and Oates and XTC, The band's last album together was the indie release, 1984's Heart Connection, which was well received. In 1985, after the band stopped performing together, Robin split her time between raising a daughter, honing her songwriting, and performing solo. She appeared at festivals in Holland, England, and Germany, and opened for Warren Zevon, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Tim Finn, Dave Mason, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett. She accepted the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist in 1988. In 1990 Susanna Hoffs (Bangles) recorded Robin's song 'Wishing on Telstar' for her first solo album, When You're A Boy. Robin also sang on the CD. In 1995 Robin released Cat Bird Seat on Ocean Records, her first album in a decade, and toured the East Coast for over a year. This CD showcased the charm, wit, energy and special gift for melody that have always marked Robin's work, and garnered rave reviews, including a featured article on the cover of Billboard magazine. In 2002 The Chartbusters reunited. Their new CD, Piece of Mind, was released in February, 2003. Together with punk-rock-God, guitar maestro and producer David Minehan, the original band has set forth from the appropriately named Woolly Mammoth Studio to bring more remarkable gems of musical wonder. Rock Adonis Asa Brebner has pulled from the ranks of Cambridge's leading guitarists, the redoubtable Pat Wallace to replace the one loss to the original group. The intricate guitar thrashing of the Chartbusters is now deepened in texture through age and experience. Robin has been teaching music, creativity, and songwriting since 1996. She recently moved to The Pioneer Valley where she is facilitating songwriting CD/Recording Seminars. 'Giving Youth A Voice.' And 'A Woman's Voice' and teaches The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. She is an adjunct teacher at Northfield Mount Hermon School 'In the lightening quick realm of rock time doesn't march on, it runs. Rocker Robin Lane and her band The Chartbusters had a new wave hit single two decades ago 'When Things Go Wrong.' It doesn't sound a bit dated to many tens of thousands of other wildly loyal fans. While The Chartbusters toured with Hall and Oates, XTC and The Kinks, and lead singer Robin Lane drew comparisons to Blondie's Deborah Harry and the Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Lane and the rest of the band eventually drifted out of the pop spotlight. Now they're back, nineteen years now since their last major label recording, with a terrific new release, 'Piece of Mind.'...The minute you hear those jangling opening chords of 'All Fall Down' on the new release, the record just really pulls you in.' --Bill Delaney, Here and Now, NPR 2003 'Robin Lane has long been acknowledged throughout the industry and among the public as an extraordinary gifted and insightful songwriter, as well as one of the unmistakable voices in rock music. Time has only enriched her vision and further honed her skills. Recent performances have been attended by throngs, longtime RL&C fans who come to hear their favorites, most notably the major hit 'When Things Go Wrong' and go home having heard and seen all that and much more. People who come to a Robin Lane show expecting a routine, nothing but the hits set, get something very different indeed. Hardly a nostalgia act, Robin Lane and band have developed a new collection of songs that effortlessly and seamlessly bridge the span between then and now. Touring behind the new record begins in fall.' ---2k 2. 'The new CD is on the respected indie label Windjam Records (windjam.com). The music is brand new, but most of the songs are previously unreleased from the Charbusters' heyday... The songs sound astonishingly fresh, with Lane more charismatic and edgy than ever as jangly guitars propel the melodies forward. It is great pop-rock music with a timeless sheen.' --Steve Morse, The Boston Globe 2003 'The feeling the music (Robin Lane and The Chartbusters) gives off is that of unrelieved foreboding, backed up by passion blindly seeking an object-any object...Robin Lane's mission...is to make life real. The terror that motivates her music is rendered palpable; so is hope; so is hope abandoned.' - Greil Marcus 'Robin Lane & the Chartbusters is given sharp distinctiveness by the vocals of the leader, whose dark, strong-but-supple voice can be ominous, desperately tender, and cuttingly illuminating. Robin is always intriguing because her sound suggests even more than the lyrics say.' - Nat Hentoff.