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"Wisconsin State Journal June 2006"

The thing about being a band named Awesome Car Funmaker is that you constantly have to be justifying your name. You have to be relentlessly awesome, and you must make the fun at all hours of the day. As for the "car" part, you can probably get away with being on foot from time to time. Fortunately, the Madison dance-rock band lives up to the anticipatory grin that its name puts on your face with the dizzyingly entertaining new album "Of Lovers and Monsters." Each of the 17 songs on the CD is stuffed with the sort of buoyant goofiness that rock bands can only get away with when they know they're also bringing the rock 'n' roll chops - Rob Thomas


"www.notlame.com"

"Thanks to Not Lamer Mike Baron for turning us onto this Wisconsin band, who are a combination of The Tubes, Faith No More, Tenacious D, late 80`s Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mr. Bungle, Primus and Living Colour. Bizarre? You bet, but this hybrid band is working out its music muscle with 17 songs that succeed more than they fall short of their own ambitions. It`s clear this is a live band to be experienced, but the album captures the excitement in its funky brand `o rock luv."
- www.notlame.com


"Des Moines Register June 2006"

Awesome Car Funmaker is definitely best in a live scene. ... as if they got their stage manners from watching the Van Halen/David Lee Roth "Jump" video. " - Des Moines Regiter


"Butch Vig 2006"

When asked about the music scene in Madison, Butch Vig (Garbage drummer, producer) replied, "There has always been a healthy music scene in Madison. Having a constant turnover of students at the UW helps because it brings in a lot of new bands every year. It's hard for me to keep tabs on all the new music because I travel so much, but I like Awesome Car Funmaker, Charlemagne, and Lorenzo's Music to name a few." - Madison Magazine


Discography

2004- "Green Means Go"
www.myspace.com/awesomecarfunmaker
All tracks are free to down load.
2006-"Of Lovers and Monsters"
Songs contained in the audio section of this EPK are from this album.
2008-"Hot Hot Horses"
Tracking finished, being mixed as I type.

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Bio

Awesome Car Funmaker was formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 2003 by UW-Madison Journalism major Brendan McCarty and History major Ryan Corcoran and UI-Champaign finance major Justin Taylor and Ward Brodt Sales Rep Andy Iordachescu and UW history major Casey Brown. At the time the premise was to write catchy pop songs and to play a show at the Electric Earth Cafe with other bands that wrote catchy songs. After reaching this goal, they went through an existential crisis, the why are we doing this and what is the point variety. Casey quit the band, Andy quit showing to rehearsals, and Ryan joined another local band called Kingfinger. Ryan was quite embarrassed about joining Kingfinger, and he did not tell anyone because of how bad he thought they sucked, but he was bored, homeless, unemployed and they practiced 5 days a week and Ryan liked to practice because it gave him someplace to go in the afternoons. Kingfinger had scheduled their first show in Madison at the Orpheum Stage Door with a band from California named Smoke. Brendan at the time worked at Qdoba under the management of the Lead Singer of Kingfinger Alex. Ryan found out that Brendan was going to that show to see Smoke so he felt obligated to tell Brendan that he was playing guitar for Kingfinger. After the show Brendan told Ryan that he would "kill him" if he didn't quit Kingfinger and solely focus on Awesome Car Funmaker. The next day Brendan quit Qdoba and Ryan went to Qdoba to tell Alex that he was quitting Kingfinger. Awesome Car Funmaker subsequently played roughly 500 shows across Midwest and the East Coast releasing two full length albums, 2004 “Green Means Go” and 2006 “Of Lovers and Monsters” and finished tracking for a third album "Hot Hot Horses", gaining 80,000 plays on MySpace and making enough money on the road to finance their tours and album making costs. In January of 2006 ACF signed to Cancer Records. In October of 2006 Andy Iordachescu quit Awesome Car Funmaker and UW-Madison psychology major Adam Monos took up drum duties. In 2004 Awesome Car Funmaker was selected by the Madison Area Music Awards as best Rock Artist. In August 2007 ACF was selected as the number two favorite local rock band by the Independent weekly, The Isthmus Reader's poll. Currently, for day jobs, Brendan is in Grad School at UW for Library Science and works for Wisconsin Public Television, Justin works as a claims adjuster for Progressive Insurance and Coaches a Kickball Team, Ryan is a home care worker for the developmentally disabled and part-time barista and frequently reads wikipedia, and Adam works as a Behavioral Therapist and watches Brewer Games.