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Sullen: Paint the MoonPaint the Moon (2003)
Thick Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: MeganMegan
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If Scott Lucas from Local H thinks your band rocks like Slayer, the odds are good that you've got something going for you. In the case of St. Louis' Sullen, it certainly does ring true. A male/female vocal combo leads this trio that absolutely blows any competition out of the water. The take the .
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If Scott Lucas from Local H thinks your band rocks like Slayer, the odds are good that you've got something going for you. In the case of St. Louis' Sullen, it certainly does ring true. A male/female vocal combo leads this trio that absolutely blows any competition out of the water. The take the Midwestern tradition of ball out rock and create an album, "Paint the Moon," that Thick Records should be proud to add to its catalog.

The switching off of vocals between Justin and Shanna adds a sexy vibe to their sound which is reminiscent of Sonic Youth. Shanna's shouts and screams draw comparison to Courtney Love circa Live Through this, only without the pretentiousness that makes Love so easy to despise. Shanna cuts through the listener like a knife on tracks such as "All Fall Down" shouting out that she doesn't want to be seen anywhere with you. Justin and Shanna's vocals compliment each other perfectly and mesh with their hard hitting unpolished sound. It's rough around the edges, which is what makes it so exceptional.

The power chords and catchy riffs keep this album accessible and slightly less harsh. This is exactly what rock was meant to sound like. Songs such as "Lilita" go hard from start to finish. This disc never slows down. The drums pound constantly. The grittiness of the vocals rips the listener to shreds.

Take the sexiness of Liz Phair and Veruca Salt; add in the rock with pop sensibility of bands like Local H and the late, great Triplefastaction and you have this stunning debut from Sullen. If their live shows are anywhere near as intense as their albums, Sullen should absolutely blow up.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

Bump

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

Shanna is sexy....but she's got soul and angst
Justin you just tear things up which gives raw power to the band
Scott ROCKS
enough said.......

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

your drummer sounds alot like Dave Grohl
he rocks

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

you guys blew us way
fucking unreal sound and Shanna soo sexy. you melt me with your voice

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

Awesome band

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

Thing is no one has come out with this original sound yet. But they compare this band to so many other great bands. like a mixture of Nirvana and early Hole (but Shanna put the sexy, soft into the "no soul" Courtney)

I have seen them live and they are a stadium band for sure!!

lieutenant (May 28, 2003)

This is like the Local H situation. I like them, but I never really feel like listening to them. It is a reverse of how I felt with Eek The Cat, I never was much of a fan, however I have watched every episode. Though I would credit this factor more so to my losership.

Megan (May 28, 2003)

Yep, I just saw them last night in Iowa City and I was blown away, but you'll read more on that later

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

I saw Sullen in Chicago last weekend (yes, with Local H) and they do bring the rock something fierce.

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

is it just me or is sexy the new adjective to describe music. if you need me, I'll be listening to the Divinyls "I Touch Myself."

Ramo
(great porno song)

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

isn't this coming from the same girl who bashed silverstein because of their cover art? :P

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

enough local h.

Bryne (May 27, 2003)

This sounds pretty good; I'll have to check it out.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

The aka's are fucking terrible.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

hurray for sexiness!!!

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