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Lost In America

Gathering Field

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Album Review

It is always a shame when a band releases one major label album and then is never heard from again. Such is the story of Pittsburgh, PA's The Gathering Field. Their 1996 debut Lost in America came and went unnoticed. Sadly, it was prophetically titled. The band actually got lost in the wake of a more successful rock band also on Atlantic Records, matchbox20. The The Gathering Field was musically similar to Train and vocally close to Ireland's The Devlins. The real strength of the band was especially evident on Lost in America; smart, soulful lyrics surrounded by a heartbreaking, Americana sound. The title track was equal parts Raymond Carver and Jack Kerouac. The Gathering Field had wonderful melodies and harmonies. Fans of Train's "Drops of Jupiter" will especially like "Lost in America." "Rhapsody in Blue" should have been on thousands of mix tapes made by high school girls in the midwest, with its world-wise take on sentimentality. Lost in America had a laid-back, traditonal American rock sound similar to Allgood (but less bluesy), The Samples (but more diverse), and Counting Crows (but less tortured). It was, perhaps, the most profoundly emotional release of 1996. If you like jam bands, melodic rock and roll, and Americana, this album will not disappoint. It is the kind of find that will make you question who runs the record labels and radio stations.

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The mirror gets dirtier with age

Density Desperation and Hope. My Father told me once, "Son, there's nothing you can do I haven't already done. So don't try to lie to me." Years later She shows up at your door. She tells you, "What if I told you I'd runaway with you but it wouldn't be fair to him." The cruxes of your life burn into your mind forever. These songs pull them to the forefront and let you remember the intensity of your befores for a bit just as they're inevitably driven to the back aisles where nobody goes to look.

Pittsburgh Forever

Not only are they just like my favorite band, they are from my hometown. Listen to them and try not to say the they don't sound good

A Pittsburgh Classic Not Forgotten!!

I have been a fan of The Gathering Field since before they were popular, even in Pittsburgh. My 6th grade teacher was (lead singer) Bill Deasy's mother, and I can remember even to this day her speaking proudly of her son and his musical achievements. Sadly, The Gathering Field is no more, but Bill still rocks on with a very impressive solo career. Lost in America is still in my top 10 most favorite albums of all time...in my opinion, while Lost in America, Rhapsody in Blue get most of the acclaim on this album, you might want to check out "Are You An Angel?"...for those looking for songs that cause you to drive your car faster than the posted speed limit, this one is a must-have in your collection.

Biography

Formed: 1994

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Roots-rockers the Gathering Field formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1994. Led by singer/guitarist Bill Deasy, the band, which also included guitarist Dave Brown, bassist Eric Riebling and drummer Ray DeFade, released its debut LP Lost in America on their own independent label Mudpuppy. The title track became a smash on local radio,...
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