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United Wire [CD]

Senator Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Laconic
  • ASIN: B0002H2RPW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Money Ruins Everything
2. Tarnish All
3. The Nymphet Test
4. As Low As Her
5. Constant Laser Abuse
6. Despite The Cord
7. 104 Therapist Lies
8. Wwf

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Being able to operate completely outside the typical machinations of music - independent or otherwise. Senator are going to carve out a sizeable niche in the sewage-infested gutters of underground rock & roll. Senator have played with Fugazi, Oxes, Snow Patrol, and Idlewild amoung others.

After sending a demo tape to the infamous engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black, Rapeman) the trio took a trip to the legendary Nirvana producer's US electrical audio studios to produce their debut album "United Wire". This stunning debut exposes the true heart and art of Senator's music.

All the tracks are delivered with speed and a precision which imparts beautiful clarity and razor sharp edges the playing on 'Tarnish All' and 'The Nymphet Test' somehow achieve simultaneous gentleness and violence, the cold metal of the scalpel and the cold metal of wire. This album will appeal to fans of Shellac & Nirvana and the Jesus Lizard .

The album was mastered at Southern Studios by underground Legend John Loder who sadly died in August this past year.

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Senator - United Wire

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard, Precise rock music that ROCKS!!! 10 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Some say that anything Albini touches must be good or why would he touch them? Well I have heard some poor records recorded by Albini and I am sure he will record anyone that pays him enough!! THIS album however not only has that Albini trademark sound (no bad thing) but is also an underrated rock masterpiece to boot. It remind me of Nirvana, Drive Like Jehu, Jesus Lizard, bits of shellac and maybe vintage killdozer too. One question remains. Despite being maybe too short at 25 mins this is a flawless album from this Edinburgh trio. Every track is underlined with mind searing guitars and the cobian style vocals of Nick Middlemiss. I've listened to this album every week since the day it came out, and have yet to grow weary of it's mathematical precision and emotional drain. What United Wire lacks in length, is more than make up for in the band's raw unadulterated talent. Just hope that they are touring near you soon. How can you afford not have this Album in your collection?
FIVE Goddarn stars!!! *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great if a little short album 21 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on a whim cuase I liked the cover! I was really surprised how good it was. Very heavy and sounds amazing thanks to the magic fingers of Mr Steve Albini and some really tight playing. The album is quite short at 25 mons or so but a real good blast of old school harcore music. Reminds me of bits of Fugazi, Nirvana, Drive Like Jehu, Foo Fighters. Its well worth buying if you are a fan of this type of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully heavy, magical album. FIVE Stars 10 Mar 2006
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United Wire is like getting the crap kicked out of you in some seedy cocktail bar. Nasty cutting guitar work, pounding drums and some maniac singer screaming like a drunken banshee hopped-up on goofballs. About as safe as a knife fight in a soviet prison yard. Anyway, in the grand tradition of Steve Albini produced acts such as Shellac and Big Black, this record is assaultive, abrasive, and decidedly in contrast to all things commercial. Melody, good taste, and traditional rock-song structures are thrown right out the window here in favor of swirling collages of noise complete with twisted rhythms and howling vocals. Opener Money Ruins Everything sets the tone literally from its first second, conjuring up a psychotic atmosphere out of a series of spastic drumbeats, hellish guitar riffage, and nightmarish chants. The next song, Tarnish All, might be even more frightening, with a bass riff that hits with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the stomach. On slower tracks like Despise The Cord, the creepy-crawly giutar riffs scratch against the surface of some bizarre vocal impressionism, but fortunately the album loses nothing by slowing down because its oppressive atmosphere is never compromised one bit. So, what more can be said about this album United Wire? Well, unfortunately, not much. This is definitely one album that must be experienced to be fully comprehended. If only more acts had their integrity, I might not have to comb the internet looking for stuff to listen to.
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