- Released: January 26, 1998
- Label: K. Records
Magnet - 1-2/98, p.71
"...another charming, off-kilter collection of discover-your-inner-child pop songs..."
NME (Magazine) - 3/14/98, p.507 (out of 10)
- "...There's still many a daffy, unrequited love song here, warbled in Johnson's inimitable foghorn....But it's obvious that Johnson has long since exchanged one-chord rebellion for something far cooler."
- 1.Virginia Reel Around the Fountain
- 2.Your Asterisk
- 3.Lonesome Sundown
- 4.Devil City Destiny
- 5.Bury Me
- 6.Surfers Haze
- 7.Do That Thing
- 8.Love Travels Faster
- 9.Turn It My Way
- 10.Rebels Got a Hole in It
- 11.Foggy Bottom
The Halo Benders: Doug Martsch (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Calvin Johnson (vocals, guitar); Ralf Youtz (guitar, drums); Steve Fisk (keyboards, Theremin, harmonium); Wayne Flower (bass, drums).
Additional personnel: Heather Dunn (guitar).
Personnel: Doug Martsch (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Calvin Johnson (vocals, guitar); Ralf Youtz (guitar, drums); Heather Dunn (guitar); Steve Fisk (harmonium, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, Theremin); Wayne Rhino Flower (drums).
Recording information: Avast; Ayast; Dub Narcotic.
Photographer: Tae Won Yu.
Once again, Calvin Johnson and Dug Martsch have united to crank out some of the weirdest, most oddly danceable tunes this side of King Kong. On The Rebels Not In, the third full-length effort from the Halo Benders, the duo does a much better job of vocal harmonizing than on their two prior albums, trading deep wails for off-key whines in their own unique fashion. Vocally, this record belongs largely to Calvin, accompanied largely by the trademark shimmering guitar work of Martsch. Opening with "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain," the band takes a far-removed stab at the Smiths classic by combining their trademark zany lyrics with melodramatic teenage angst. "Lonesome Sundown" best exemplifies the wonderful creativity that results from the union of the principal songwriters from Built To Spill and Beat Happening. The Rebels Not In is easily their most accessible effort yet, filled with upbeat, weird and wonderful tunes and a beat so catchy it's often difficult to stop your feet from tapping. ~ Marc Ruxin