The Van Allen Belt

The Van Allen Belt

Avant Psychedelic Indie Rock (Pittsburgh)

Imagine if the trippy Rock bands and protest-prone Folk artists and tie-dyed Pop groups of the ’60s were tossed into a studio and injected with a formula that instantly filled them with outrage over the state of every contemporary ill. That’s The Van Allen Belt in a fist-shaking nutshell, from the roll call of social/climate issues in “Alaska Dreamin’” to the Soul Coughingesque a-Pop-alyptic vision of “The Revolution Will Be Merchandised” to the Zappa/girl group Pop of “Baby Boomer Backstroke.” Sonically fascinating, topically immediate, politically/culturally horrified, The Van Allen Belt is the social conscience of America wrapped in brilliantly experimental Indie Pop.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The Waitresses tap Tom Morello to write Pop songs for the burning millennium. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)