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10/05/2004 @ 01:00 AM: Today, October 5th, exactly four weeks before the 2004 presidential election, my band AT/DT has released a brand new single to radio and the internet. The song is called "I Wish I Could Be George Bush," and it's something of a departure from our usual mock-rock style. You can download an MP3 of the new song now at our official website:

If you want to read into the political side of it, so be it; if you just want a song that rocks, it's there.

Please check out the new song and pass it on to others. Usually we just rock. For this release we're rocking with a little extra edge.

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The official press release is pasted below. Thanks for listening.



Merlin Records
P.O. Box 16025
Minneapolis, MN 55416



Minneapolis rock band AT/DT release new single, "I Wish I Could Be George Bush," to radio and the internet

Minneapolis rockers AT/DT have released a brand new single, titled "I Wish I Could Be George Bush," to radio stations and as an MP3 download via their website, The release comes exactly four weeks before the date of the 2004 presidential election.

AT/DT's lead vocalist, Ben Jones, wrote the majority of the lyrics and melody for "I Wish I Could Be George Bush" early in 2004 while serving with the Army National Guard in Bosnia. Said Jones about his experience: "I was lonely, starved for creativity and a break from the norm. Writing brought me that. I am truly happy this song came to fruition, because it's how I felt every day for seven months and two days."

Typically known for their humor and character-driven rock and roll, "I Wish I Could Be George Bush" is a departure for the band both musically and lyrically. "Ben brought this idea back from Bosnia, and we ended up working it into a really dark piece," commented guitarist-producer Andrew Thomas. "It became clear the song needed to come out before the new album was done, so we're just putting it out there and letting people take it or leave it."

Those concerned that AT/DT are abandoning their mock-rock roots need not worry, according to the band. Says Thomas: "Our mission is exactly the same as it's always been--to bring the rock to the people. The road to that goal should be as swift as possible, and politics has an influence. When it's all over we simply want to be able to stand up and declare: 'Mission accomplished!'"

"I Wish I Could Be George Bush" was produced, engineered, and mixed by Thomas at his Bloomington recording studio, Soliton. Thomas has co-owned and co-operated Soliton with Twin Cities music scene veteran Jeremy Ylvisaker for nearly ten years, in which time the two have produced literally hundreds of recordings for regional and national artists.

AT/DT formed in 2001 when brothers Andrew Thomas (guitar) and David Thomas (drums), frustrated with the climate of the music business, wanted to create a "fun" band. They recruited the charismatic Ben Jones (lead vocals) and friend Erik Pedersen (bass) to round out the group. In 2002 the band released a five-song EP titled Rock 4 The People. The group has been at work on a new full-length CD since summer and is planning to perform out live as the new CD nears completion. In 2002 AT/DT filmed a cameo appearance in the upcoming Siege Perilous Films independent feature film revisions. They were featured in a frat party scene performing the song "Firefighter," an underground hit from their Rock 4 The People CD. revisions is due to be released in 2005.

To download the MP3 of "I Wish I Could Be George Bush," or for lyrics and additional information, visit or send email to

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