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TonyDoug's CD Reviews: Kill Myself on Monday, Sixty Stories

by tonydoug wright

Kill Myself on Monday, Hit (Audiodrain Recordings, 2003)

THE BAND: Figure (Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals), Jeff Wirschem (Bass) and Dennis Mariano (Drums).

THE HISTORY: Figure (aka Brannon Hungness), former member of The Glenn Branca Ensemble, is the leader of Kill Myself on Monday.

THE REVIEW: You can appreciate an album of layers upon layers of beautiful sounds. Some of these albums take more time to digest musically and others are simply thrown away or mailed to Turkey for torture use in their prison system. Hit is not getting air mailed to Turkey but it certainly is getting the hell out of my CD player. I have listened to this album again and again only to be under-whelmed. None of the tracks leave a lasting impression and I find myself more bored than interested.


Sixty Stories, Anthem Red (Smallman Records, 2003)

THE BAND: Jo Snyder (Vocals and Guitar), Paul Furgale (Drums and Vocals) and Sarah Sangster (Bass and Vocals).

THE HISTORY: Sixty Stories was formed in the fall of 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The original line-up consisted of Jo Snyder, Paul Furgale and Kelly Martin. The band released a seven song split CD titled Different Places to Sit/A Loveless Kiss in 2001. Following the release, Sixty Stories toured Canada, the US and Germany. Sarah Sangster replaced Kelly Martin as the band's bassist in 2002. Anthem Red was released in Canada in 2002, but was re-released in 2003 for the US.

THE REVIEW: The best way to describe Anthem Red is to imagine a pop-punk album with a female lead singer that sounds like Superchunk's Mac McCaughan. Teen angst fans with a love for Weezer will find themselves impressed with songs such as 'Countdown', 'First Bell', 'Quit My Job' and 'Anthem Red'. I was not impressed with Anthem Red on the first listen but I soon found myself liking a few of the tracks more and more. Not bad.


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