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“In ‘Tirades Injustice’ zit de zanger van The Machiavilliains er een eind naast, maar aan dit euvel wordt verholpen in het betere ‘Razor’s Paramor’. ”
“North Carolina has a post-punk explosion and this compilation absorbed the brunt of the blast. Best bands ar ethe Spandrels, Balloon Wars and Pallas Cats, but best name is Machiavillains, because it takes balls to have a name that invokes Tupac, Madlib and MF Doom, and them play literate proggy postpunk.”
“Natural Selections, Vol. 1, various artists “On November 13, the boutique record label issued its first CD release, Natural Selections: Sounds of Asheville’s Indie Underground, a compilation of local/regional punk and alternative bands,” writes newly-formed label Umbrella Tree Records. The 15-track collection includes songs by Pallas Cats, Grammer School, Forty Furies, Solito, The Machiavillains, Balloon Wars, The Spandrels and Muckrakers. Set up kind of like a showcase, each band plays two songs (except Muckrackers who just play one) back-to-back. Consider it a sampler. Styles range from the melodic drive of Pallas Cats’ “LeBaron” and the orchestrated (and surprisingly jazzy!) discordance of Machiavillains’ “Tirades Injustice” to the darkly pretty “Fire in the Sky” by Balloon Wars and the inventive, minimalist, three-part spoken-word-meets-song of The Spandrels’ “Toms and Queens.” All worth a listen.”
“Razor's Paramour - The Machiavillains Now, this is cool. A nearly progressive rock oriented bass solo opens this. The group come in and create some interesting drama from there. In many ways, this mellower number is quite close to some progressive rock. Sure, there is still plenty of punk rock to be found, particularly in the vocal department, but it’s also got a lot of prog built into it. ”
“The Machiavillains sind schon etwas länger im Geschäft, was man ihren beiden Titeln bezüglich des Songwritings und der Arrangements auch anhört. Da wird schon deutlich differenzierter und klarer ans Werk gegangen. "Tirades Injustice" und "Razor's Paramore" kranken noch etwas am schiefen Gesang, stellen aber ansonsten gute Indie-/Garage-Kost dar.”
“The Machiavillians have a Minutemen vibe with David Byrne meets Jonathan Richman vocals.”