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Former Leader of Translator is Back with First U.S. Album

His first U.S. album release is titled Charm Offensive. Producer was Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens, Talking Heads.) Barton"s band consists of Barton on guitar and lead vocals; Casey Dolan on guitar and vocals; Derrick Anderson, bass; and two drummers of renown - Robbie Rist (L.A."s MVP powerpop skinsman and former Brady Bunch star) and Dave Scheff (original drummer from Translator.) As a founding member of Translator, Steve Barton delighted critics and fans alike by consistently creating songs that not only embraced the excitement of classic pop, but also managed to shine a light on the future. Their debut single on 415/Columbia Records, the now classic and ridiculously catchy "Everywhere That I"m Not," started a run of great singles and four remarkable albums. National tours included bills with R.E.M., Gang Of Four, Psychedelic Furs, B52s and David Bowie. After seven years, the band called it a day. For Barton, the years that followed the breakup included intensive writing, both alone and with performers such as John Wesley Harding (their collaboration, "Summer Single", can be found on Harding"s Pett Levels CD), playing guitar for hire, and joining with Translator in a one-off reunion. In 2000, he also released his striking solo debut CD The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around The World. Now Barton has put together a thrilling new band for his latest disc, Charm Offensive, produced by Ed Stasium. Vibrant, uplifting slices of three-minute exhilaration combine a heady mix of British Invasion 60s and late 70s new wave, yet are still smart enough to sound completely fresh, completely now. "When You"re Gone", "Yours To Lose," "Shy," "Hold A Shadow Down" and "Bertha Jane" continue the tradition of classic, hard-edged power-pop songwriting that has become Barton"s trademark. From the thrash of "Kiss This," to the intense balladry of "Monument," the band"s arrangements are flawless. "Tina Finds The Silences" is an appropriately edgy and angular salute to Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth, while "Narcolepsy Baby" is a passionate, evocative vignette. The album closer, the lovely finger-picked acoustic guitar number "What Treasures I May Find," reveals another side to Barton"s writing. The sole cover version on the album is The Beatles" "She"s Leaving Home," which has been bashed out into a different shape altogether. Ultimately, what makes Charm Offensive a great listen is its depth and variety. The strength is in the songs. Each song stands on it"s own, and each song gets even more satisfying with every spin. According to Howie Klein, the co-founder of 415 Records who later served as a senior executive at Warner Bros., Reprise and Sire Records: "The first time my partner Chris Knab and I heard Steve Barton play was in the '80s when he was in Translator. We immediately signed them to our small indie label, 415 Records, and they were the first band we released through our distribution deal with Columbia Records. When I heard Charm Offensive, I was even more impressed since Steve's songwriting has obviously matured and what he has to say now is even more interesting and relevant than it was when he first started out. I was so impressed that the new songs showed that kind of growth without losing any of the energy of Steve's riveting and passionate delivery. I just want to listen to "Monument" over and over and over. And how many people have actually improved a Beatles song?" Adds Barton himself, "I knew that I wanted to make a rock and roll album of short, loud songs with good lyrics. That's it really. My favorite singles of all time are "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard and "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane" by the Beatles -- I think that with my own stuff I try to use those as a beacon, a map to see where I want to go. I chose Ed Stasium to produce Charm Offensive because I knew that he could coax the record out of me. I'm thrilled with the results!"
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