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Dwellers of the Twilight Void - Secret Missiles of the Pope (Full Album)

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Published on Oct 7, 2013

This is the first Dwellers album and it was written primarily in the Spring of 2011. Blake Badker grew up in small-town Iowa writing the song lyrics of his favorite bands obsessively in the notes of his homework. After struggling to find his place in society he finally left it to scrape by as a wandering pizza delivery driver and poet.

And it was while working at a pizza place Badker met kindred spirit Alex Conyers. Alex and his roommate David McNertney would DJ the college radio station and were seasoned indie-rock connoisseurs from western Iowa towns. McNertney had drummed for the successful post-rock band "Stubborn Tiny Lights vs. Clustering Darkness Forever, Ok?" David expressed interest in drumming for the Dwellers while they were all living together later in a beat-up rental house around the University of Northern Iowa campus that had been frequented by music majors for decades.

The long-winded name "Dwellers of the Twilight Void" is actually a reference to a tombstone prop in a zombie movie that read "Here Lies a Dweller of the Twilight Void."

Sarcastically Alex chuckled, "a band called the Dwellers of the Twilight Void."

Blake replied, "That's it."
"No Way."
"Let's do it anyway to make fun of ourselves. It'll be funny."

The name reflects the constant tongue-in-cheek deprecation the Dwellers don't strive for in their sludgy garage-rock. This is a band of 3 guys who know each other incredibly well. Badker writes the songs and runs around the country trying to be the next Bob Dylan and his buddies Dave and Alex laugh at him and humor him occasionally.

Long-time friend Noel Isley also helped produce this album, particularly on the drums but the effort to record this album put a strain on Isley's friendship with Badker and the two ended up not talking to each other for some time. Isley's MSTie sense of humor is most apparent on 85 Bears and Phantom Delivery Driver. The two played in foul-mouthed punk rock bands in the early 2000s.

The Dwellers put together sloppy, aggressive punk they hope someone finds catchy. McNertney's drumming is a highlight as he is the only member of the band who ever studied music formally. Blake and Alex just hacked it from guitar tablature websites.

Lyrically, the album isn't all fun and games as some songs stem from Badker's 2003 battle with Schizophreniform Disorder. Some like "Let's Go Make a Deal" are hopeless prayers to true love. Some like "My Window" and "Record Store" express a standard hipster angst. The band played a few shows here and there after coming together in the Spring of 2011, but on a whim Badker set out for New Orleans that Fall...

the Dwellers of the Twilight Void are:

David McNertney - Drums
Alex Conyers - Bass
Blake Badker - Guitar, Vocals

01. Faek Polar Bears - 00:00
02. Symbiot Should - 04:12
03. Bonus Prize - 07:02
04. My Window - 09:17
05. Went to Breakfast - 12:22
06. Phantom Delivery Driver - 14:19
07. 85 Bears - 16:47
08. Record Store - 18:03
09. Gotted - 21:47
10. Feel it in My Bones Now - 24:07
11. Let's Go Make a Deal - 27:29

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