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MP3 Static Eden - receiver

Dark alternative. 21st century anxiety.

14 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Emo, ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Static Eden began in 1998 with the release of their independent album, Karma Bizarre, recorded live off of the floor, mixed and mastered in two weeks; an attempt at capturing the depth and spontaneity of the band''s live performances around Milton and Guelph, Ontario. Karma Bizarre showcases the band''s unique flavor of alternative rock, a much darker sound in the spirit of progressive rock bands but with a larger focus on melodic hooks and shorter songs. This energy was unfortunately lost a few months later with the departure of their lead guitarist.

After struggling unsuccessfully in various studios to record new material, Static Eden decided to take complete control of their work.

The new album, emerging after the band spent nearly an entire year alone in the studio, is a gigantic step forward. The band''s motivation became trying to translate their live performance into an album without losing the focus and energy that originally made the songs engaging for their fans.

As a result, the band wanted to make it clear that the crowd was very important. "We decided that the focus for the album would be to interpret the live performance. We would create it using the studio as another instrument and send our ''signal'' right back to the fans, carefully created, but still raw and direct. That''s what Receiver''s about - our direct signal to the listener. It''s all up to them, they control it all."

"So imagine a grunge band hooked on the Smiths. Really. I''m not making this up. I couldn''t make this up.

It took me a few minutes to place exactly what I thought I was hearing. But what Static Eden does is combine vicious grunge riffage with Morrissey-style vocals and a vaguely new-wave production sensibility.

I kept waiting for my judgment to be wrong, for a song to come along that completely defeated my take on this. Some songs are grungier than others. Some songs are Smithsier than others. But both elements are always present. This is a really strange combination.

Oh. By the way, it works. I mean, when I think about it a little, that only makes sense. There''s an anthemic streak in each, and Static Eden plays that to the hilt. These songs may not be as important as the sometimes pompous presentation makes them out to be, but they''re pretty damned good. A lot more fun than should be allowed by law." - Aiding & Abetting

"Static Eden combines tried and true rock-hooks with the idiosyncratic confluence of good-guy vocals and drudging metal-infused guitars; imagine the guy from Blink 182 heading up Tool. I don''t mean to characterize them as a dreadful amalgamation of evils, but rather as a case in which the product is greater than its parts. Their second full-length, Receiver, portrays the group as a sort of neo-prog effort. An uninhibited approach to eclectic instrumentation is evident throughout the emphatically produced disc, while the songs retain a pop slant, with condensed melodies replacing the six-minute barrage of a Yes or Journey. You won''t find anything post-whatever here, but the disc''s fervent urgency leaves the listener with something worthwhile." - Splendid E-zine

"Static Eden is an energetic band from Canada with talent and determination. They would probably be categorized as alternative by some of the musical scores in their music. I would say they fit in a category not yet defined with the combination of the alternative scored mixed in with regular rock. I know that is not something new and that most alternative bands would fit that description but Static Eden is really making a glitch of its own in music. The beat is that of harder rock with vocals you would more expect from softer pop. The so well mixed that defies proper description. It''s got the beat and energy to get everyone up dancing and the smooth well performed vocals. Mark Prier has a great voice and has the ability to be able to sing any type of genre of music. The backup vocals blend very well with the lead vocals.

The members of Static Eden have shown their talent in their CD Receiver. It is music that will be well liked by a lot of different people, the beat of hard rock, the difference of alternative, and the softness of a ballad. Their goal in making this CD was to keep the energy and music and have it perceived as they are when they perform live. They have all the energy of a live show, not seeing them perform live I can only assume the music is as they are when performing live. The CD does make you want to see the play live. A band to definitely keep you eye on and a CD worth listening to!" - Purr Magazine.

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