The Debut
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The Debut

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Band Rock Pop


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"Andrea Myers (City Pages Editor) Review"

"The Debut are surprisingly fresh, at times teetering on the edge of that ever-elusive Brand New Sound."

-Andrea Myers, Music Editor, City Pages - Pulse of the Twin Cities

"CD Release Show Review-Feb 2007"

"They sounded like The Replacements if they had hired Stephen Malkmus as a guitarist; the songs started out fast and loud but sometimes got expansive and jangly and even a tad dissonant (in a good way) at times. It was, above all, fun as hell to watch. They were excited, the crowd was excited, their excitement made the crowd more excited and pretty soon everyone was dancing and, yes, singing along."

-Patrick O' Brien,
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"Music For Robots-Song Review of "Hey!""

"Want some solid guitars and drums? A good, concise rock song to get your day started? Look no further, friend.

The Debut - Hey!

Sometimes this is just what you need, right? The Debut hails from Minneapolis, and they've got that hearty midwest thing going on. In fact, this is what their bio says: "The Debut practices their music in a freezing cold basement so they light cigarettes to stay warm." But it also says they found their instruments in a magic box, so who knows?

This is from the band's disc This Record Is About Cars, which, as far as I can tell, isn't. Instead, it's good old rock 'n' roll, the kind you don't take home to meet your parents."

David Brusie, March 8, 2007 - Music-For-Robots.Com

"Class Acts of '07"

"These Madison, Wis. transplants spent '06 working out the set of surprisingly confident, catchy songs that show up on the band's debut album."
- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press - Pioneer Press


ALBUM: "This Record is About Cars", released on February 6th, 2007.
Songs "The Big Bang" "The Photograph Song" and "Castawayz" have received airplay on MPR's 89.3 The Current and Clear Channel's 97.1 Cities 97.
The song "Hey!" was featured on the music for robots music blog.
*New EP "Come to the Cooldown Show" due Early 2010
*New Lp "Rose of Sharon" Summer 2010



On a blustery winter night in 2001, singer/guitarist Ben Gurstelle and drummer Ben Mulhern met at a keg party on the University of Wisconsin's campus. They became fast friends, talking musical influences, freestyle rapping (one was an accomplished MC, one was certainly not) and doing the college thing. They released a 3-song hip-hop EP, but decided that it was ultimately not the direction they wanted to go with and began writing rock music as a duo. Shortly thereafter, Alex Puetz heard them jamming on a porch and wandered over with his bass guitar, knowing that bass men were in short supply and high demand. Economic theory, however, did not interest Alex, so he joined the band. They remained a three-piece until the Fall of 2004, when Al brought over his ex-roommate and guitar virtuoso Jordan Koel to jam. Although the other two were wary of his hippie influences, he ended up a full-fledged, integral member of the group. They moved to Minneapolis to pursue band-dom further a year later.

The Debut is influenced by a number of bands: The Replacements, Built to Spill, Wilco, Weeezer, The Pixies, Pavement and the Cure, to name several.
But they will let Minneapolis music critic Nathan Dean sum up their sound:
"The band deftly mixes curveballs into their propulsive pop formula, occasionally slowing their insistent rhythms and allowing the songs to stretch out in interesting directions."

The Debut practices their music in a freezing cold basement so they light cigarettes to stay warm. They found a mysterious chest in which were a number of instruments. Their TV gets no reception so they read the classics and some current non fiction. The Debut goes out for happy hour 3 to 5 times weekly, which they acknowledge is more than they should. The Debut writes music constantly and are hard at work on their 2nd Album. They are making pins, stickers, shirts and noise for you. The Debut gets all of its pleasure from playing live and therefore make the most of every performance. See them at their next show.