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"Jim Santo's Review Of "The Indiana Waltz""

Previous reviews of this record have tended toward impressionistic babbling, which is always a good sign. Finding myself imagining CCR's "Born On The Bayou" as played by The Teardrop Explodes is another. This happened scant seconds into "Imaginary Cadillac," the third of 16 songs here. Noisy, swirly, trippy and twitchy, The Indiana Waltz had me grinning from the get-go, but that was the moment I fell in love with The Naptown Amplifier Co. "Get Your Gun" is garage-rock at its best, just some stoopid chords and a beat, beat, beat. I gasped when it suddenly snapped into "T Minus Zero," a bop-around-the-room number with a thick patina of mindbending flange. "Two Keys" is ruff-tuff postpunk, a rust-encrusted hammer of a tune that left my ears ringing happily. "The Queen of Spades Or Something" is more great dumb psych-garage, like 13th Floor Elevators on acid. Wait, that's redundant! Regardless, you get the picture. Listen, I don't want to spoil the fun by describing every song; go buy The Indiana Waltz now and thank me later.
- Jim Santo - Jim Santo's Demo Universe

"Review From Pete Knapp"

Similar to a marriage of Love & Rockets, Pixies, Joy Division and early Hawkwind, “The Indiana Waltz” is a well-written symphony of delightful melody and marvelous wordsmithing. The garage-styled songwriting is resplendently charming. I am most amazed at [it’s] ability to bring such wildly haphazard elements together in such a cohesive, listenable and ultimately memorable arrangement.

-Pete Knapp
President, Shut-Eye Records - Pete Knapp

"Review From Splendid"

A beautiful early Cure bassline slips and moves into the air, then disappears into a shoegazing garage haze. Brilliant fuzzed-out guitar moves behind alternating male and female vocals. The drone goes on -- and sometimes on and on, but it captures you and hypnotizes you. Think My Bloody Valentine, think Jesus and Mary Chain and, here and there, think the Cure… It's raw and sharp and infested with influences, but they pick some of the best influences around. From the Sonic Youth sharpness of "Two Keys" to the Lou Reed drawl of "Nowhere", the Naptown Amplifier Co. creates a new world and gets lost in it.

-Marcel Faust
Splendid E-Zine
- Splendid E-Zine


The Naptown Amplifier Co. 7" Single Fat Max Records FMXS-001
The Inidiana Waltz CD Full Length Fat Max Records FMXCD-002 The Indiana Waltz was added to over 100 College Radio Stations and was on top-30 playlists for more than 40 stations.


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Maggie and I formed our first band about ten years ago in college in Indiana. We were a really trashy, no-account punk band. That band lasted all of six months, but from then on we have spent much of our time together in and out of bands. From Indiana we criss-crossed the country looking to form bands that would stick, from Boston to St. Louis to Seattle. In 1999 we made our way to Austin, TX. We formed The Naptown Amplifier Co. in 2000 as a 4-track recording project, having grown tired of trying to put together bands that always failed. In 2001 we self-released our first full-length CD "The Indiana Waltz". We sent it out to college radio and much to our surprise it began charting in the top 10 at college radio stations all over the country. We decided to give the band thing one more try and we added a drummer. Lo and behold, it stuck. Since then, Naptown have played in clubs all over Texas and America. We’ve recorded in fits and starts and gone through 4 drummers. In 2005 we finally finished recording our next full-length CD, "Captain Ahab's Graveside Seafood Stand" produced by Andy Sharp at Music Lane Studio, Austin, TX. To be released sometime in May or June of 2005. We hope to find someone to release our record this summer and we plan to tour soon after.