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An album-length dose of tuneful pop/rock mixed by the dB's Chris Stamey.

"Whether it's the stomping opener 'Chemicals to Candy' or the Shoes-like pop of 'My Michelle' or the jangly 'Valentines and Honeybees', the MBC delivers the pop goods here. And they really hit their stride on 'I Won't Let You Down.' --Absolute Powerpop

"Mike Benign is an ace songwriter with an almost sardonic snarl of a voice....On the band's second disc, 'Martha,' the whole package comes together quite nicely once again. Benign's melodic, jangly, never-wilting guitar pop is rendered in taut arrangements that get a further boost from the mix by power pop legend Chris Stamey (he of The dB's)." --OnMilwaukee.com

"'Martha' provides unpretentious pleasures. But those pleasures are not without art....There's a difference between a decent plate of meat and potatoes and a really good plate of meat and potatoes, and 'Martha' shows how it's all in the seasoning." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Programmed in the manner of a classic album, Martha isn't a disheveled grab bag of tunes, but rather a set of songs with a dynamic flow between soaring peaks and gentle slopes." --ShepherdExpress

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released February 25, 2012

Mike Benign - Vocals, Guitar, Songs
Joe Vent - Guitar, Vocals
Brian Wooldridge - Bass
Michael Koch - Drums, Vocals
with Tyler Traband - Piano, Organ, Mellotron

Mixed by Chris Stamey
Cover art by Lois Keller
Design and layout by Damian Strigens
CD photo by Ken Hanson
Recorded by Joe Vent at Colonel Kurtz's Lair of Sound
Mastered by Gary Tanin for Daystorm Music
"My Michelle" and "American Dreaming and Drunk" mixed by Joe Vent

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The Mike Benign Compulsion Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Mike Benign Compulsion:

Four pop rock vets from Milwaukee, Wisconsin with pretty decent musical pedigrees who know their way around a song.

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