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Millions: Gather ScatterGather Scatter (2009)
Seventh Rule

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Scott Flaster can't quit music the way I can't quit mac 'n cheese. The Seventh Rule co-owner has played in Small Brown Bike, Gasoline Fight and countless other bands that flew lower in the radar. With his label finally establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with, it seems fitting then that he.
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Scott Flaster can't quit music the way I can't quit mac 'n cheese. The Seventh Rule co-owner has played in Small Brown Bike, Gasoline Fight and countless other bands that flew lower in the radar. With his label finally establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with, it seems fitting then that he has time for his new project, Millions. The group is rounded out with co-vocalist and guitarist Corey Lyons, Mark Konwinski on bass and Patrick O'Shea on drums. Men whose musical pasts aren't disclosed in any full-sheet bios (Flaster's, as well, isn't mentioned either. I just know things, okay?).

And why be dragged down by the past? "Lest the Professor Catches Fire" starts the album out with frantic, hard-edged guitars in a sort of hybrid of the hard-edged hardcore of producer Chris Owens' group Lords and the heavy and low swing of Seventh Rule's heavy metal output. Lyons, it appears, was raised on the same Louisville pedigree as Owens.

The album peels out from there, the stench of burnt rubber in the nostrils as the band rips through more `80s hardcore riffs and near-prog-rock rhythms. The rhythm is the key for Millions -- there's no need to play a chord on a standard four-four beat if you can batter it down into something that generates interest.

This is evidenced by the opening riff of "Life Is Satisfactory" that jogs hard against conventional strumming, creating a sense of disorientation. And maybe that's a good word to use to sum up the album. It's not a record for listening to; it's a mind-control device beamed down from the heavens designed to appeal to the primal urges of man and create unrest amongst the previously placated desk-jockeys.

The space-themed artwork by Nat Damm confirms these suspicions.

Maybe that's a high reaching metaphor, but Gather Scatter really isn't an album so much to listen to as much as it is to experience. The goal of the group seems to be to play their instruments like a deconstructed sushi roll on Top Chef. All the familiar elements are there, but the bigger picture is hard to grasp, even if you know what it's supposed to resemble.

And you know what? That's the best compliment I can give this album.

 

 
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kellenmacklin (April 2, 2009)

Post brand cereal.

hnama (April 2, 2009)

Playing Chicago with Furnace on 4/30!

http://myspace.com/summercampchi

wallofyouth (April 2, 2009)

i called something post metal the other day and my friend (rightfully) told me never to use that term again

SilentStorms (April 2, 2009)

And I have to say for the record that Akimbo is not punk rock, they are post metal. Pardon the labels.

SilentStorms (April 2, 2009)

Holy crap, just cuz he know's Akimbo doesn't mean he knows everything about music! That's a little short sighted, don't ya think. I loved Akimbo (until their last record), but ... bah, forget it. Pardon my hating, Jesse.

homemadebullshit (April 1, 2009)

this cd is fucking awesome

xote (April 1, 2009)

Love this guys reviews. The reviewer I identify with the most when it comes to punk rock (Akimbo anyone?!?! haha).

Heard these guys awhile ago and remember being into it... will check them out again.

wallofyouth (April 1, 2009)

oh yeah, problem # 3 - no girlfriend

wallofyouth (March 31, 2009)

it's cool, haven't you seen "i love you man" ? we can go into my garage and play akimbo songs while our girlfriends wonder why we spend so much time together

problem #1 - no garage
problem #2 - no musical talent

pending congratulations on wedding thingy!

nocigar (March 31, 2009)

score is for Small Brown Bike.

jesse (March 31, 2009)

Sorry dude, I got myself a pending legally binding contract with a lady o'er here.

wallofyouth (March 31, 2009)

score is for jesse

man-crush reaching new heights over here

danperrone (March 31, 2009)

score is for top chef

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