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Press Contacts:
Jennifer Bergman
Nicole Vandenberg ()
(206) 324-1501

FREAKED OUT AND SMALL, THE PRESIDENTS ARE BACK

SEATTLE - June 26, 2000 - All three members of the former Presidents of the United States of America - Dave Dederer (guitar/bass/vocals), Chris Ballew (guitar/bass/keys/vocals) and Jason Finn (drums/vocals) - are back together, under their much smaller name, The Presidents. Their newest album Freaked Out and Small, released through MUSICBLITZ, will hit stores nationwide on September 12, 2000.

Known for their clever songwriting and catchy tunes, the Grammy-nominated Presidents previously released three full-length records on Columbia. In 1995, the multi-platinum The Presidents of the United States of America introduced the melodic rock trio to the music scene, followed by II in 1996 and Pure Frosting in 1997. Their latest project, Freaked Out and Small, has a number of new twists while maintaining the band's original sensibility. "We just have some kind of magic when we play together," says Dederer. "I can't describe it, can't define it, and I don't think any of us can take credit for it- it's just plain dumb luck to find that kind of synchronicity, and it shouldn't be trifled with."

Freaked Out and Small is "exciting and explosive," says Dederer. "We made a conscious decision on this record to avoid mid-tempo songs. It's a bit harder sounding than our other records, very guitar-driven and garagey sounding." The band didn't rehearse the songs, just went in the studio, learned them, and then recorded on the spot, taking only ten days to wrap the entire recording process. The pure musical talent and energy created by this unique environment is evident on the 12-track compilation.

MUSICBLITZ, an internet-based music company, presented The Presidents with more of a partnership than a business deal -- sharing both the risks and the profits of the record. As Dederer says, "MUSICBLITZ put together a simple, straightforward deal, and we thought 'Why the hell not?'"

The new album from The Presidents is also the first to feature MUSICBLITZ's Fan Edition, a concept that brings fans into the virtual studio and make them a part of the recording process. Fan Edition allows participating fans the opportunity to purchase Freaked Out and Small before it hits stores, as well as a backstage pass into the making of the album. On the Internet, fans can access regular installments of streaming video episodes, which document The Presidents' "life" in the studio. In addition, there are band diaries, in-studio photos and MP3 song downloads that can only be accessed online at http://www.musicblitz.com. Fans who pre-purchase the album will be recognized with their name printed in the CD liner notes and receive all in-studio footage on home video.

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A FULL PRESS KIT ON THE PRESIDENTS' NEW ALBUM, INCLUDING A COPY OF FREAKED OUT AND SMALL, WILL BE SENT IN THE COMING WEEKS. IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE CONTACT VANDENBERG PUBLIC RELATIONS AT 206-324-1501 WITH QUESTIONS, INTERVIEW OR ALBUM REQUESTS.

About MUSICBLITZ
MUSICBLITZ is a music and technology company that creates exclusive music and video content from established artists for online and offline distribution. Launched in January 2000, MUSICBLITZ has compiled an exclusive catalog of original music and video from more than 100 well-known artists, including Grammy-winning and platinum-selling acts. MUSICBLITZ was also the first company to introduce several Web-based product/service innovations, in addition to building an extensive online and offline marketing and distribution network. Based in Los Angeles, MUSICBLITZ is privately held with investments from the H&Q Global Alliance Technology Fund, Technology Partner's Venture Capital and Ritek.

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