The Preserving Machine

by Ultimate Fakebook

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Javea
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We're Sharing The Same Dream Tonight
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Sad Soldier
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03:34
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Juliet's Fools
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Hey Gemini
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This Unfrozen Girl
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My Music Industry
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Sequel (Electric Kissing Parties Pt. 2)
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Fake ID

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Note to readers: Ultimate Fakebook's first album of new material in 16 years, "The Preserving Machine," contains a number of references.
Before continuing, please take time to familiarize yourself with at least some of the following terms and phrases: VHS tapes. iMacs. Neil Hamburger. Manhattan KS! "Mr. Show." Air guitar. "I Get Wet." “Across the Universe." Superdrag. The decline of the American empire. “Dinosaurs and dresses, princesses and weapons." Children. MTV and "motherfucking MP3s.” Manhattan KS! 1982. “Spring Breakers.” Hope. Paella. Despair. "The Rain Song." Melvins. KISS "Alive" and "Alive II." Virtual amps, virtual bands, MIDI and USB drives. Manhattan KS! "Smell the Glove." "Freaks and Geeks." Beatles or Stones? Manhattan KS!

Like its gymnastically explosive guitar rock songs and lyrical spins, Ultimate Fakebook in its two-and-a-half decades and five albums have leapt through a series of white-hot moments that, when experienced as whole, come off as undeniably well-plotted. That they're back now with their fifth full-length, "The Preserving Machine," feels preordained. The album, which comes out via Sonic Ritual in April, eloquently conveys both the celebratory nature of making loud, smart, hook-heavy songs, as well as the daily challenges of living during a time when so much seems at
stake.

Ultimate Fakebook was born as a trio in Manhattan, Kansas through a mutual love for Guided by Voices, Cheap Trick and the Replacements
during the fertile post-grunge, pre-emo mid-1990s. Founding members Bill McShane (guitar, vocals) and Nick Colby (bass), along with longtime
drummer Eric Melin, created three acclaimed albums over a six-year period starting in 1997 (including 2000's "This Will Be Laughing Week" for 550/Epic Records). Along the way, the band sharpened its sound and ideals during tours with artists including At the Drive In, Fallout Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, Nada Surf and the Get Up Kids. They broke up in 2004 but never lost touch, reuniting every now and then for a sporadic benefit concert or live show. In 2019, pop-punk legends the Descendents invited UFB on a Midwest run of dates.

To say those gigs went well is an understatement. As exhibited on "The Preserving Machine," all that mileage, all those semi-regular jerks and
jolts, sound precisely planned. Produced by McShane with Melin and The Stereo's Jamie Woolford, the album was recorded by McShane with help from longtime producer and Kansas legend Ed Rose (Touche Amore, The Appleseed Cast) and Steve Squire. "I’m 45 and still alive -- what can I say?," wonders McShane during "My Music Industry," a song that's both an indictment of a dying business
and a smart-assed ode to Bandcamp: "My industry's on fire," he sings. Another track, "Manhattan KS," sells the band's hometown one local
reference at a time. On the wildly catchy "After Hours at Melin's," UFB documents a night at drummer (and 2013 World Air Guitar Champion) Eric Melin's place. McShane joyously sings about lessons learned during drunken binge-watches and listening sessions with their bandmate, who in 2007 competed in VH1's "World Series of Pop Culture."

Just because a band splits doesn't mean the muse quits. Across these songs, McShane's as sharp as he is observant. With him, Colby and
Melin unite punk rock, power pop, post-punk, and emo with a seamless ease, each of the 11 tracks lock into a structure through a combination
of sweat and divinity. One listen will hook you. By the third listen, you'll be consumed.

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releases April 10, 2020

Performed by Bill McShane, Nick Colby, and Eric Melin

Mixed by Jamie Woolford
Recorded by Ed Rose, Bill McShane, and Steve Squire
Drums and Bass Recorded at Fire 'N' Ice Studios, Baldwin City KS 
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sunroom Audio
Mastered for vinyl by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering
Produced by Bill McShane
Co-Produced by Eric Melin and Jamie Woolford
Executive Production, A&R, and Design by Toddrick Spalding
Artwork by Moon_Patrol
 
Guitar solo on "After Hours At Melin's" performed by Jamie Woolford
Additional Background Vocals on "Manhattan KS" and "Sequel" by Jamie Woolford
 
All songs written by William McShane (ASCAP)

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Track Name: After Hours At Melin's
After hours at Melin’s! After hours at Melin’s! The Kiss Kitchen is our dance floor We don’t wanna go home We’re rockin’ with the Freaks & Geeks After hours at Melin’s! After hours at Melin’s! Professor we want some more “You gotta hear this record, and you got a Phantom of the Park to meet!" 30 pack... VHS... Mr. show... Air guitar... Megadeth... Superdrag... I Get Wet... Navy Blues, Melvins too, KISS Alive both 1&2 Artie Fufkin kick my ass, smell the glove Just Farr a Laugh it's… After hours at Melin’s After hours at Melin’s (this song is dedicated to you) It’s 5 AM but think of your education! Beatles or the Stones? No way… Correct answer is always Cheap…Trick…yeah! After hours at Melin’s! (here comes a regular) After hours at Melin’s! (Check out Neil Hamburger) After hours - underrated movie We don’t wanna go home Cuz that’s our kinda MTV
Track Name: Manhattan KS
Still got stuff in the basement and some gas in the tank So let’s drive back to the city of irrational rank She said “do you wanna come Thought you’d never leave” Baby all I got are memories ...and that New York scene ain’t cool as they say I really wanna be in Manhattan KS I really wanna be in Manhattan KS Do you really wanna come with me We’ll trace the Rock-it Apple Family Tree oh yeah Spillin’ beers at Sufferbus with Texaco James TSL & whiskey down at Auntie Mae’s She said “do you wanna come Thought you’d never leave” I know that she won’t remember me But never has my heart gone astray I really wanna be in Manhattan KS I really wanna be in Manhattan KS Do you really wanna come with me We’ll trace the Rock-it Apple Family Tree oh yeah I said that I was done...but I’m missing her a lot And now, as the crowd is thinning I’m...still uncool…and I knew this day would come My heart is overrun Must be nostalgia Purple passion and some magic dust Makes me feel it all again and now I wanna get back there And I’m not the only one Do you really wanna come with me? Do you really wanna come with me? Do you really wanna come with me of yeah Gotta get back to Manhattan KS Never look back but blink and you’ll pass it Do you really wanna come with me We’ll trace the Rock-it Apple Family Tree oh yeah

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