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July 31, 2016
CD and Digital
Mark Ruester
Mark Ruester
and Greg Teresi

Keyboards, Electric Bass,
Acoustic Guitar,
Percussion and Vocals

Electric Lead Guitar

Flute

Alto Saxophone
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Mark Ruester:



Greg Teresi:

Chessie Ruester:


Adeline Ruester:



Copyright 2016 - Mark Ruester & Greg Teresi - All Rights Reserved
Rock it! - is by far Mimes On Rollercoasters™ most unusual album release to-date.  The cover art features a 1960’s style “spacesuited” mime, standing on planet Mars next to a metallic rocking chair, staring hopefully out into space.  The ominous backdrop displays the magnificent power of our own Sun with a tiny spec of the Earth off in the distance behind.  What does it all mean?  Well that’s for you to decide!

Drawing our influence from the great Prog Rock masters of the 1970’s, Mimes On Rollercoasters™ music delivers something for everyone.  Tagged as Classic Style Prog Rock, Rock it! boasts catchy melodies, intriguing lyrics, and rich vocal harmonies.  You will be hard pressed to find a similar comparable album.  Mimes On Rollercoasters™ music truly is unique.  And for that, we make no apologies!

As with all Mimes On Rollercoasters™ albums, Rock it! is best enjoyed from start to finish, without interruption.  Preferably, one would wear a good grade of studio headphones, plugged into a high quality amplifier attached to any brand-name CD player, with the Rock it! CD spinning in the tray. And, to avoid distractions, turn out the lights!  Okay, I know that’s likely a bit unrealistic, but a good set of earbuds plugged into your MP3 player should suffice.  But definitely turn out the lights!

Although not specifically billed as a concept album, one may argue that many elements of Rock it! would seem to suggest such intent.  Perhaps that’s due to our past concept album history.  Rock it! - centered around the plight of the middle-class, middle-aged American, holds the futuristic hope that one day humans will venture beyond the “home turf” and explore new worlds.  But at the same time Rock it! remains well grounded in the reality of life on planet Earth.

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Lyrics


Countdown

Ten-Nine-Eight-Seven-Six-Five-Four-Three-Two-One

The countdown is on.

Itís almost eight, Iím running late,
I grab my coat, I grab my bag,
Slip on my shoes and hurry through the door.

Forgot my keys, go back inside,
Look everywhere, I must be blind.
Donít think that I can take it anymore.

Itís twelve fifteen, Iím feeling lean,
I feed my face, and back to work,
The boss wonít let me have a minute more.

Got kids at school, yeah Iím no fool,
I do my job, play by the rules.
Donít think that I can take it anymore.

The whistle blows, itís time to go,
I grab my things, run for the door,
Another day, another dollar earned.

I pay my dues, I bide my time,
Retirement is on my mind.
I canít help feeling like Iím getting burned.


Breathe

Driving impossible dreams in an everyday world
I drink only the finest of wine and have the most beautiful girl
Wearing the finest that money can buy my kids are all Ivy League
Iím drowning in debt, Iím barely alive, I carefully plan what you see

Theyíre telling me to breathe, just breathe in the air
Well Iím trying to breathe, can you hear me out there?
All I got to do is breathe, just breathe in the air
Iím fighting to breathe; Iím suffocating in here!

I canít drive just any old ride, only the fastest will do
My boat and my bike are in storage now, I just needed the room
Hiding the truth, living the lie, itís my American dream
The payments are high, the credit is lean, Iím coming apart at the seams.

Theyíre telling me to breathe, just breathe in the air
Well Iím trying to breathe, can you hear me out there?
All I got to do is breathe, just breathe in the air
Iím fighting to breathe; Iím suffocating in here!

Theyíre telling me to breathe, just breathe in the air
Well Iím trying to breathe, can you hear me out there?
All I got to do is breathe, just breathe in the air
Iím fighting to breathe; Iím suffocating in here!


Weightless

Weightless, drifting, silent, and hopeless.
On my way home, I find myself searching, looking for something I may have already found.
I'm not sure, I can describe it, I just know I want it, and still I remain homeward bound.

Startled awake, it's another useless day,
I don't know why I even bother getting out of bed.
I drag my ass to work, and I face that stupid jerk,
I waste my life for pennies on the dollars that they make.
When the weekend comes around, I try to hold my ground,
but there's always someone, somewhere wanting more from me.
All my life is spent in sacrifice, it's costing me a hefty price;
Heaven knows there's got to be a better way.

Weightless, drifting, silent and hopless. Why don't you rescue me?
Stuck in this tin can, trying to find my way. Why won't you rescue me?
I've just got to find my way home again.

Startled awake, it's another useless day,
I don't know why I even bother getting out of bed.
I drag my ass to work, and I face that stupid jerk,
I waste my life for pennies on the dollars that they make.
When the weekend comes around, I try to hold my ground,
but there's always someone, somewhere wanting more from me.
All my life is spent in sacrifice, it's costing me a hefty price,
Heaven knows there's got to be a better way.

Weightless, drifting, silent, and hopeless.
On my way home, I find myself searching, looking for something I may have already found.
I'm not sure, I can describe it, I just know I want it, and still I remain homeward bound.

All Systems Down

The soft orange glow in the western sky signals the end of the working day.
One by one the lights come on.  Faceless zombies find their way home.

I take off my hat and hang up my coat then warm my hands by the fire.
Dinner smells especially good tonight.  My wife greets me with her smile.
An old routine repeated millions of times.  Tonight itís just not the same.
I donít really know whatís come over me.  Maybe itís just middle age.

All systems are down the best years are all behind me.
All systems are down now I feel the whole world is mocking me.

Give us this day our daily bread, deliver us from all evil.
For now, and forever, amen.  Thatís how the prayer goes.
Itís hard to find what matters the most, especially when thereís no time.
The years eventually catch up to us and bring it all to mind.

All systems are down the best years are all behind me.
All systems are down now I feel the whole world is mocking me.

Na-na-na-na-naÖ.

All systems are down now.


Near Earth Orbit

So long, when you realize that your dreams wonít come true.
So long, when you finally notice what lifeís given you.

As a boy, I once thought Iíd set the whole world on fire.
A lifetime has gone astray in a cruel, cruel world.


So long, drifting in an orbit out here on my own.
So long, staring down the muzzle of a loaded gun.

My life has passed me by in the blink of an eye.
The years have filtered out truths from all of the lies.

This doesn't seem to be working, maybe I should take some more.
I don't even feel sleepy.
What good is this stuff, what good is this stuff, what good is this stuff?
I'm so tired.  Where did you go?  I can't see you.
Sigh.

Differing Worlds

They travelled to the new world aboard their tiny ship
With faith their god would see them safely through the perilous trip
Abandoning the old world in search of something new
Risking all they had for they were the chosen few

Differing worlds - In - Differing times
Differing dreams - For - Differing minds!
Differing reasons - And - Differing lives
Differing truths - Form - Differing lies!

They settled where they landed and were finally left alone
Shedding all their baggage from the world they left behind
Eventually the word got out to the masses back at home
The others came in droves seeking a new and better life

Differing worlds - In - Differing times
Differing dreams - For - Differing minds!
Differing reasons - And - Differing lives
Differing truths - Form - Differing lies!

Itís been generations since we settled our new land
Ironically it has become what theyíd left behind
Looking to the stars now weíre plotting our escape
With faith our god will see us safely through the perilous trip

Differing worlds - In - Differing times
Differing dreams - For - Differing minds!
Differing reasons - And - Differing lives
Differing truths - Form - Differing lies!

Old Mountain Train

Itís time to relax on the old mountain train
Riding the rails an adventure awaits

Never a care, come along for the ride
Pour another drink.  Let the train be your guide

Itís hard to see how anything could go wrong
With you here by my side singing along

Never a care, come along for the ride
Pour another drink.  Let the train be your guide.

Imagine our lifeís like this bumpy old train
Our terminal journey with stops along the way

Never a care, come along for the ride
Pour another drink.  Let the train be your guide.

Beyond The Solar System

Relaxing under, a big autumn sky
No moon tonight, pitch black, only stars
Pondering who's out there, we cannot be alone
Orphans in a universe thatís void of other life

Cautiously, I observe our ever changing world
A realist by nature, with an optimistic view
Predictably retreating, back to my comfort zone
We discover nothing, when we stay at home

So let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

At times I ponder, from northern hemisphere
Constellations, artifacts, compelling evidence
Cryptic clues were left behind, just waiting to be found
Maybe our ancestors, really had it figured out

So many questions, many still remain
Are we just the product of an alien world?
Iím pretty sure Iím not the only one who holds this view
Itís time we leave our planet and discover worlds anew

So let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

So let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

Let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system
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Mimes On Rollercoasters: Rock It!

In 2015 I was somewhat taken aback upon hearing Mimes On Rollercoasters for the first time. I mean that in a good way as their third effort 3 was one of the nice surprises of 2015. Well, a year later the band is back with their fourth release Rock It! and this time the concept is a little different. The first three albums, although I have yet to hear the first two, followed the trials and tribulations of Marcel and Mimi Mime. The new record goes for a different approach delving into aspects which are important to songwriter and leader Mark Ruester including space travel, getting older and living in Middle Class America. This seems particularly important considering the upcoming election in the states.

The lineup remains the same and includes Mark Ruester (acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, vocals), Greg Teresi (electric guitar), Chessie Ruester (flute) and Adeline Ruester (alto saxophone).

Upon first listen what struck me immediately was the melodic and tuneful nature of the music. Much like their last album the melodies have that ability to stick with the listener long after the music stops. The first track "Countdown" is a prime example. Swells of orchestration and electronic elements, including processed vocals, recalls The Buggles making this a delicious concoction of pop inflected prog. Soaring lead guitar highlights "Breathe" a tune lamenting the stifling nature of living in middle class America. The guitar tone in "Weightless" has some extra bite and the amalgamation of pop and prog strongly reminds of Phideaux, which is meant as a huge compliment. In fact, "All Systems Down" with its excellent vocal melody and elements of symphonic prog also has elements in common with the aforementioned artist.

Rock It! certainly continues the band's foray into pop laden symphonic prog and if given half the chance would appeal to a wide spectrum of music listeners. Give it a listen and if you like what you hear spread the word. Hopefully the band will gain some new fans.

Added: October 7th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Score: 4 Stars
If there ever was an album that made me want to go on an intergalactic space voyage, this is it. Rock It! by Mimes on Rollercoasters is a spacey, proggy album with solid songwriting and arrangments drenched in a layer of cheese and camp. The font on the cover is Comic Sans, after all.

There is a sense of '80s cheese to a lot of the songs on here, particularly on tracks like Track 2: "Breathe," however there are some impressive solos and such throughout the album. Much of the album is intrumental, but when there is singing, much of the lyrics are corny and unsual for an album like this. With such a spacey sound reminiscent of '70s and '80s prog rock, you'd expect the lyrical themes to match as well, but much of the subject matter is about daily, mundane, suburban middleclass life. The first song on the album, Countdown, is quite literally about packing up your things and going to work.

This isn't an album for everyone, but I found it to not only be solid musically, but also quite hilarious in its own right.

Sounds Like: Black Storm
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd

Recommended Tracks:
1: Countdown Mostly instrumental song with spacey overtones,
    humorous lyrics about going to work.
6: Afterburn Upbeat instrumental which consists mostly of pianos
    riffing over a drum groove. I don't exactly know why I liked this
    track so much, but I did.

Name: Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 09/28/2016
Recommended If You Like: The B-52s, Styx, Panda Bear
Recommended Tracks: Weightless, All Systems Down, Countdown
Do Not Play: none

Written by Alex McWhirt on 10/06/2016
I’d like to open this review with a story, if you’ll allow me. When I first happened upon this CD (the fourth by this band), I picked it up because of the cover, not because of any knowledge of the band. From the band name, to the cover art, which appears to be the grade of an amateur Photoshop project, to the band’s title, typed in Comic Sans, the most infamous of unprofessional fonts, in alternating black and white letters. I still picked it up, amused by the cover, and the CD case fell apart as soon as I opened it. I fully expected that the review I’m writing now would be one rejecting the album.

As it turns out, this CD is pretty good. Potentially very good, depending on your tastes. The music sounds like something from the 1980s glam-rock edge of the musicverse, but is distinct enough from any of the bands of that era that it doesn’t feel like they’re copying something specific. Rock It! seems to go with a space theme, which comes across, as the music definitely feels like it could be playing in the background of any given space opera.

Interestingly, while the music itself and the song titles have a space theme, the actual lyrics do not. Most of the song lyrics talk about working class problems, relating them back to the space-themed song title. Then there’s the song "Differing Worlds," which seems to talk about meeting an alien race, but upon further listening, is a thinly veiled allegory to European colonialism.

Ultimately, there are only a few minor problems with this album. The most egregious is, again, the use of Comic Sans on the cover. Otherwise, the album kind of falls flat at the end of the album, in the sense that while the later songs are fine, they don’t have the same surreal, ethereal vibe that the first half did, which makes them feel out of place. Overall, however, this is a fantastic album that you should at least take a listen to.
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