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Anti-Social Music + Gena Rowlands Band: The Nitrate Hymnal
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"Massey's work gets a chillingly beautiful treatment. There are serious musical chops at work here, liquid runs of 20th century
classical violin, electrified and electrifying guitar buzz, discordant brass and even, at one point, a church organ. Hauntingly
melancholy, restrained and minimalist, the music brings out the shiver in lyrics like 'A time machine/There on the screen stands
someone I long to touch, to hear, to smell again/There's a small kind of heaven in the movies'" - Pop Matters
"Think of Godspeed gone more classical and less glacial, add some better vocals and dose liberally with purified theatricality.
I hear an air of detachment here that's missing from the symphonic post-rock of your choice. This is in no way damnation; in fact,
it typifies the life/film dynamic the opera or rather this song-cycle from the opera seeks to convey. Not an easy listen, but
most certainly a memorable one." - Dusted Magazine
"On The Nitrate Hymnal, Anti Social Music returns with less to prove, backing the cinema-obsessed, operatic Scott Walker-isms of
the Gena Rowlands Band. Bob Massey's saved his most genuinely affecting material to date for this outing. Nitrate Hymnal is that
rare record that's pretty right away and gets creepier with each spin. Sometimes rebellion means screwing with conventions and
heads before they really know what's happening." - Flagpole
"Infused with Anti-Social's soaring avant-garde chamber style and the superb swelling vocals of various female and male singers,
the songs come off as fresh, exposed, and heartbreaking. All in all, The Nitrate Hymnal is an intense modern opera that even
people who might not like tremulous singing could appreciate." - Venus Zine
Nitrate Hymnal January 2003 Premiere
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