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The Program

The Program: Artificial UnintelligenceArtificial Unintelligence (2003)
Stillborn Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: MattMatt
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To be honest I probably wouldn't have heard of this band if they hadn't stayed at my house after playing with Sick Of It All. Let's face it, if you're playing with Sick Of It All you had best bring the rock and I gotta say these guys do in fact "bring the rock". Jesse, the singer, kind of sounds l.
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To be honest I probably wouldn't have heard of this band if they hadn't stayed at my house after playing with Sick Of It All. Let's face it, if you're playing with Sick Of It All you had best bring the rock and I gotta say these guys do in fact "bring the rock". Jesse, the singer, kind of sounds like Thomas from Strike Anywhere at times and a little like Daryl from Glassjaw (I think in future recordings his voice will develop and sound even better). Sonically, these guys are pretty good. Some dual leads here and there and some double bass breakdowns but not so much so that it just sounds like the band is trying to be "metal".

Anyway, the music sounds like, dare I say it? Thrice. But this stuff is faster and more cirlce pit-esque, maybe because this is a younger band and they are just out to kick ass. Good points? Well, I'm listening to the record right now and there's a nice breakdown at the end of "Casual Tragedy" and the lyrics speak for themselves, "Want a picture of what it meant to me? I'd paint it just for you to see. Want a picture of what it meant to me? I'll paint this fucker in blood." Daddy like. Low points? Jesse's voice could use a little more 'deadly'.

This is a very impressive debut cd and from what I saw a pretty tight live show. Definitely a disc worth checking out and a band to keep your eyes on.

 

 
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Paulander15 (August 16, 2014)

Hey! I played guitar in this band and we really appreciated the place to stay and this review is too generous. We did kinda suck but we were getting a lot better. Catch us on a good night playing new songs and we might turn the place into a party. Keep in mind, we were 17-18 yrs old when we put out this CD and went on the SOIA tour - needed more time to develop our sound and set ourselves apart from all the other shit going on at the time. We ended up calling it quits with the program and started a party rock / friend core / DIY / hang out band called Sieze the Night after we submitted our demos for a second album for stillborn and they weren't into the songs. I believe they wanted us to write songs to sound more "yellowcard-ish". Which we were completely incapable and unintersted in doing. So, the STN stuff was all about writing music that our friends and we wanted to hear. Definitely didn't draw like the program did for shows but goddamn we had a good time and got to play some really awesome shows in San Francisco. That band broke up after everyone moved away but I still rock the never released program jams and all the STN stuff we recorded but never really officially released - except one called "nothing can save wretches like us." Google if you get the chance. The lead singer and guitar player have bands now that kick ass. I'm kind of the only one not really actively involved in music anymore in any sort of collaborative capacity. I never found a better group of dudes to make music with than my homies in Seize the Night. If anyone would like to hear any of the aforementioned songs or bands, feel free to email me and I'll send you the files or links to stream the songs - paulhansen15@gmail.com. I still think the songs hold up and rock pretty damn hard, even though they're almost 8-9 years old - fucking crazy. If you do give Sieze the Night a listen, try pick up on the lyrics or hit me up for a copy of them. I think a lot of what was overlooked in all the bands this group of dudes were / are involved in was the subject matter - "I feel alive in a world that don't feel right" - that one always got me. Thanks for even acknowledging our bands existence ten years ago and for letting us stay with you!

davebrave4 (October 20, 2005)

They randomly sent me this cd with my amp subscription. Like, they automatically send you 2 free CD's of your choice. Then they just stuck this in as a bonus or something. It's got the insert and everything. I can't get over it. And contrary to the other posters, I didn't think it was a bad review.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

Cool they sound like Sikth, Odd Project and Glass Jaw

Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

I saw this band with SOIA...they sound like total shit live...maybe they were having a bad night I dunno? the singer fell twice..the drummer kept busting the snare (3 times) and then fucked up most precious bloods snare. and the bassist hit himself in the head...with his own fucking guitar. They did some excersize shit on stage...just plain crappy. My vote of the show goes to love is red and MPB and SOIA of course. I havent heard the recorded shit yet...maybe my mind will change.
t-rav

Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

that is a dumb opening line though, i'll admit it.

Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

here goes: I wasn't at the soia show, i had to work. I come home and my roommate says this band's coming over cause they don't have a place to stay. So yes indeed, they did just show up at my door. The footage I've seen of the band was from their home movies. What's wrong with the review itself?

Anonymous (February 15, 2004)

"To be honest I probably wouldn't have heard of this band if they hadn't stayed at my house after playing with Sick Of It All."

Yes you would have, you saw them play at the Sick Of It All show. It's not like they just randomly showed up at your door and wanted a place to stay. Seems to me you just wanted to throw in that you had a group of young men stay with you.

JonLCFmag (February 15, 2004)

ouch my foot!

Anonymous (February 15, 2004)

good band.... horrible review.

Anonymous (February 14, 2004)

I didnt know autistic kids could write reviews. My score is for placing retards in our social chain!

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

sorry didn't mean to tell you how i came across the band. I said he sounds like Thomas "at times".

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

not quite sold.

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

how can you describe the lead singer as having a glassjaw/strike anywhere sound? Both bands have rather different vocals...

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

To be honest I probably wouldn't have heard of this band if they hadn't stayed at my house after playing with Sick Of It All.

congratulations, you are cool. sarcasm.

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

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