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The band Rescue started out as a side project for each of its members. But in 2001 they decided to get serious. In The Detroit, Mich., group started touring, released an EP and eventually a full-length album. They say their newest CD, Paranoid, came together haphazardly, because they wanted to find a fresher approach to their music. It resulted in songs that drift from indie rock to college rock and from what they call "lo-fi sing-alongs" to "ear-piercing weird heaviness." They say they wrote "Breaking My Own Heart" to comment on the politics of libertine dating.

The original line-up included bassist Sean Clancy, guitarist Michael Majewski, singer and guitarist Alan Scheurman and drummer Brian Southall. In November 2001, they simultaneously recorded an EP, Even People and Not the Odds, and a full-length album, Volume Plus Volume. Mark Haines, who has also worked with Rainer Maria, produced the album at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisc.

A "hairy spider" bit Southall during the band's tour in Florida, and his brother Sean had to take over. In the spring of 2004, Rescue turned to Haines once again and created a "mini" full-length album, Flamingo Minutes. This album started the growth of their music. Instead of the post-punk, start-stop sound they had used before, Rescue ventured into a "darker, thicker, and much more sexually-charged arena." However, misfortune soon took a toll on the band. A terrible roll-over accident left Scheurman with a shattered clavicle and broken teeth. But, he made a relatively speedy recovery, and Rescue sprung into action to focus on new material. Cassandra Verras, who plays piano and violin, joined the band.

After two years, Rescue finished Paranoid. The band says the album "bellows reflections of ten hour work days followed by sessions lasting until dawn." Chris Lazlo Koltay, who has worked with My Morning Jacket, produced it.

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