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Ripe for the Burning (2007)

by The Successful Failures

For No One 02:47
For You 03:05
Sun Makes Circles (free) 03:03


The New Jersey indie-rock / garage-pop band The Successful Failures have returned with a furious new album. Ripe for the Burning is SF’s 2nd CD, following closely their 2006 self titled debut CD and their 2007 5 song EP - Bridges Over the Delaware.

In the two years since the band formed, SF has been busy - playing shows all over the North and South East and as far west as Tennessee. Most of the album was recorded in NJ at the FDR Studio B and mixed in Baltimore, MD by Drew Mazurek (Jawbox, Love Nut, Linkin Park). Track 2, “All I Can Take”, was recorded and mixed in Knoxville, TN by Don Coffey Jr. (Superdrag drummer turned producer).

The Successful Failures entered the studio with a batch of new Mick Chorba songs chock full of hooks and melodies. With all pretense cast aside the band recorded the tunes with energy, passion, and precision. The only goal was to be true to the song and keep it under the 3 minute mark whenever possible.

Though SF was conceived to play Chorba’s more alt-country/ jangle pop type material, the band has evolved into something much more unique and powerful. The Successful Failures switch comfortably from a classic sounding country song like track 7, “Except Together”, to the pure power-pop flavor of tracks 1 and 2, to the grungy “Carolina (I’m in Love)” or the Superchunk-ish indie-rock vibe of track 5, “Never Moving Out”.


released October 1, 2007

Mick Chorba
Ron Bechamps
John Williams
Rob Martin


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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

"The first thing you should know about The Successful Failures is that any attempt to plug them into one genre or another is very much a fool’s errand. Hailing from Trenton, N.J., the band deftly combines Americana, Pop, Rock, and enough of a dusting of Bluegrass that serves as an appetizer to the main course without overwhelming the entire meal." - July 2020, Rock is the New Roll ... more

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