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"MAKE BELIEVE is about as accurate a picture of a jamband's music as you could hope for." SLAMM

BOULDER, CO (July 26, 2001) -- WISE MONKEY ORCHESTRA first issued MAKE BELIEVE on its own One Drop Entertainment label in 1998 and sold 5,000 copies before it slipped out of print due to a combination of circumstances. Lauan Records (LEW-on), "The Jamband Label," is proud and delighted to give this exciting album -- the six-headed San Diego rhythm monster's second release on Lauan -- its due and make it available once again for WMO fans who missed it the first time around, and more recent converts everywhere as a special, limited edition item.

Make Believe MAKE BELIEVE is a smart, sassy set of 9 songs and 2 cooking instrumentals, all original WMO compositions. From the first drum and conga beats of the opener, "The Truth," all the way through the set, it's hard not to bounce along with the insistent, seductive grooves of the band recently hailed by the Salt Lake City Weekly as "one of SoCal's finest funk 'n' soul units." Best described as horn-driven, soulful funk powered by the lead vocals of sizzling frontwoman Alley, WMO's unique, highly danceable sound combines infectious, shake-your-booty grooves with mind-expanding trips through time and space.

On MAKE BELIEVE, WISE MONKEY ORCHESTRA revisits a funky, horn and percussion drenched style not heard much since the late '70s. Keyboardist Sean Hart, who co-founded WISE MONKEY ORCHESTRA a decade ago, describes the stew as "if Donna Summer, David Bowie and Brian Eno were at a picnic with the Average White Band -- kind of Ozric Tentacles stuff going on in there, too." Most affectionately, he adds, "It's an artsy-fartsy record. We do some experimental work there, especially "Smog," my favorite on the album. We still do quite a bit of these tunes live, at least 79%."

"It' just nice to be able to have MAKE BELIEVE out again. A lot of people on the East Coast and other places we didn' travel to then have never really heard it. We really enjoyed making that album.

WISE MONKEY ORCHESTRA thrives playing live on the road.They have shared stages with Maceo Parker, moe., Fishbone, JGB, Pharcyde and the Gap Band to name but a few. WMO has taken Summer 2001off the road from promoting their acclaimed Lauan debut, They Live ("A smoky haze of slow-burning soul," says Creative Loafing Savannah), as Alley, already a mother of two, is pregnant and due in early fall.The band plans to hit the road as soon as possible to reconnect with WMO fans everywhere.

Lauan Records, "The Jamband Label," is dedicated to building a community for the burgeoning jamband scene. Founded to chronicle the creative efforts of jambands across the United States, Lauan Records is not just another record label. It is for and by fans, providing them with a network to discover new bands and new shows, unifying what has traditionally been an extremely regional scene. Many have described Lauan not as a record label, but more as an artist community.

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