The Ex Senators
The Ex Senators deliver an honest hard musical punch with unapologetic social commentary, wily wit and wisecracks “…their musicianship blends agile bass, truly immense “rawk” guitars and a pop drumming style that bleeds some lightspeed danceability into the mix, … all the immaculately-produced clout of Green Day and Alkaline Trio, with the observational stance of Springsteen and the rabble-rousing of Rancid” (AAA MUSIC UK)
“I want people to think when they listen to our music”, says group leader Dmac. “it’s about making people have any reaction, whether that’s getting someone to be more aware of the world around them or hopefully to feel something – at the least it’s to take the musical trip with us.”
“Start a Fight”, the first single is fueled by an animated video with no holds-barred – a call-to-arms on present day American politics. “We couldn’t get Mitt Romney to pose in a money suit or Sarah Palin to appear in a wonder woman outfit with a shotgun…so we made an animated video. But any similarity between the animations and real people is purely on purpose.” – Dmac.
The lead off cut on the album “Angel”, combines cinematic, intimate lyrics with arena-ready force. Deeper tracks like “United Corporations of America” and “The Kids Are Trouble” are two fisted stomps on the current state of affairs, while “Disappear” is a song Dmac wrote in memory of his friend who died two days after the group’s first stage appearance. The song appropriately closes the album.
When recording the album they enlisted the help of veteran producer Chris Steinmetz. The album was mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig (Green Day, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins.)
If Jane’s Addiction, The Killers & Johnny Cash had a love child (just go with the concept) then Razorhouse would be the afterbirth. Half art house project and half studio experimentation, the once industrial band (contemporaries of Nine Inch Nails & Ministry) has transformed into a post modern eclectic music experience all its own. In the past year the band have been recording with producers Dmac & Howie Beno between their studios in Chicago & New York respectively and the advance tracks show the band’s vocalist & songwriter Mark Panick in top form. While Panick is best known for his work with seminal underground band The Bonemen of Barumba and Revolting Cocks, the new Razorhouse understates its history with forward swagger into a dirty, well worn and comfortable maturity.
The first advance track "Dedicated Love" is an amalgam of Mark Ronson-esque production with Panick channeling Tom Waits in a gritty sexual exploration of addiction and all the negotiations that go along with it.
The second advance track “Neu Sensation” is a gorgeous mixture of organic texture courtesy of guitarist Danny Shaffer (Julie Frost, Michael McDermott) and bombast from drummer David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Pigface) which allows Panick's vocals to ease up on the grit and open up across the track soaring alongside his 12 string rhythm. Their Chicago based label HeatShield Records have them slated for a full length release in 2013 and Razorhouse intend to deliver along with a tour in the US and Europe.