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My Epiphany

My Epiphany: MiribiliaMiribilia (2005)
Eyeball Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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My Epiphany's bio claims that the band was born out of singer/guitarist John Swingset's 16-year-old LSD experience. Swingset (I hope this is a stage name) was out on his balcony when (I hope this is a joke), "A huge eyeball opened in the sky, and communicated telepathically with him. It told him tha.


My Epiphany's bio claims that the band was born out of singer/guitarist John Swingset's 16-year-old LSD experience. Swingset (I hope this is a stage name) was out on his balcony when (I hope this is a joke), "A huge eyeball opened in the sky, and communicated telepathically with him. It told him that he must learn to play guitar and sing."

Now, this would seem to suggest that a band formed from an LSD experience, whether real or not, would be rooted in psychedelics, free-form jams, or at least lyrics steeped in acid trip imagery. Instead, My Epiphany is a moody indie band that laces effect-heavy guitars and electronic backings with some rocking choruses.

If nothing else, My Epiphany has a pretty good handle on songwriting. "Body Talk" and "Final Battle" show that they can pen a dance groove, while "Small Town" and "Thank You Glorious" exhibit a knowledge of indie pop, and "Life Will Never Take Us Alive" and "Girl Model A" show an ability for writing emotional ballads that don't seem forced. Swingset's voice is pretty dramatic and powerful, sounding like a more breathy Anthony Green at his best and a knock-off of the guy from Alien Ant Farm at his worst.

My Epiphany also excel at producing layered and lush sonic backdrops by allowing the guitar and synth to really play off of each other, but sometimes this goes a little too far with pointless and tediously long instrumental or electronic passages. The last two minutes and 20 seconds of "Satellite Talk," the all-instrumental haunted circus sounds of the creatively titled "Interlude," and the nearly 12-minute long repetitive strumming that leads into the album's hidden track all seem unnecessary.

The problem with Mirabilia is that that the glossy production tends to leave the band's music stuck on a plain that doesn't rise to any mountaintops or dip into any valleys. I am not a lo-fi purist or anything, and can appreciate good production when I hear it; it just seems that this top-notch radio rock production doesn't lend itself to My Epiphany's sound. There are times when the distortion kicks in and the songs don't seem to gain any volume or power. Swingset's voice also seems to lose a bit of its drama thanks to the super clear recording style. Sometimes the drums even end up feeling like nothing but another layer of the band's ambient underpinnings instead of a powerful driving force. The end result is an album that feels a bit too sanitized and tame.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Lizomggg (April 16, 2007)

I thought this album was truly amazing. At times, a little lacking but mostly great to listen to =D

Chica (April 8, 2006)

what ive heard of this band i really enjoy it,

Anchors (June 10, 2005)

So I was just going through my pile, and saw this release, and I could have sworn somebody already reviewed it.

So in summation, thank you for reviewing this garbage so I didn't have to.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Casio Casanova? A good band? It's generic indie music written by people with no melodic sense, sung by a guy who sounds like he has a constant nosebleed and what sounds like my grandma's organ's rhythm accompaniment keeping the beat. The vocalist should reverse that vasectomy before trying his hand at singing again.

This album, although feeling monotonous at times (especially through that annoying twelve minutes leading up to the "hidden track", which isn't so hidden without the break), covers all the emotionally bases with ease. Upbeat songs (like Body Talk and Small Town) are nailed perfectly with enough dynamics to hook you in constantly, and more etheral tracks like Perfect Fit show that they can try their hand at slightly jazzier pieces with the same kind of dark attitude as their slower songs, but with more rhythm and speed. A fantastic album, and these guys deserve to go far (and probably will).

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

nashville has good bands ,but all of the shitty ones just keep getting signed.

instead, check out:
the clutters
casio casanova
the carter administration
the darling hearts
the privates
imaginary baseball league
death comes to matteson
aireline
mortal treason
character
be your own pet

All good bands. all from nashville.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

Whats with all the shitty nashville bands? Why cant the good ones get the recognition.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

My band played with these guys a couple of weeks ago. They were good live and the guitarist did some pretty interesting stuff. It was actually their CD release show.

stevejonestherealbones (May 17, 2005)

his bride?

- jonesy the a bonesy

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

Chucky?...

-Chinatown

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