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Invasives - Invasives ©2008 Onov Producto
1. 101 Damnations
2. All Appetites Converge
3. Sink Tomorrow's Ship
4. Who You Are
5. Like You Never Lived
6. Dancing On A Grave
7. Apes & Angels
8. I Love Myself And I Wanna Live
9. On The Day
10. Eyes & Ears
11. Inevitable End

Invasives are a new take on an established band, Vancouver's Married to Music. Having decided their band name was, to say the least, not very good, the trio altered their moniker to a moderately less silly name. But more importantly, in the time since their last release, 2005's Sweet Kicking and Screaming, the band has significantly improved their songwriting and musical approach.

At the core, Invasives have not modified the band's basic sound. Featuring a Helmet/Prong sort of taut riffing with Wire-esque drumming (to the point and never showy) with the trademark high pitched singing from guitarist Byron Slack, Invasives have simply grown as a unit to finally release an album that, if all is far in the world, should impress the heck out of people. On first listen, some might note that the eleven songs lack an all out barnburner in terms of sheer speed. However, that omission is quickly forgotten when one realizes how much more dynamic and impressive the songs are. While obstensibly doing very little different than their Married to Music days, Invasives just step up what they do well. The band finally have added some backing vocals, which adds a nice extra dimension. But most importantly, the songs on their Invasives debut are among the best they've ever written. "Like You Never Lived" is a veritable epic with by far their best structured song to date. "Dancing on a Grave" breaks out their excellence at razor edged stop-go riffing. "Who You Are" is a fine example of their sense of fun and energy.

Technically, this album will officially be released in early 2008, although I've had a copy since earlier this summer. It is, by far, the best new album I've heard in 2007 and would qualify for album of the year were it actually released this calendar year. For the handful of people who have been impressed with Married to Music, there's no need to fear the name change has altered the band's impressive sound. With luck, the trio will finally begin to established a beachhead in a music scene crowded with bands who don't even deserve to carry drummer Hans Anus' dirty stage clothes.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/2007

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Desk Job At Castle Dracula

Invasives - Desk Job At Castle Dracula ©2010 Self Released
1. Borderline Music
2. If I Was You
3. After Midnight
4. Animal Skin
5. Perfect Man
6. More
7. Eyes of the Lurker
8. 3 Cheers 9. Turtles [hidden track]
10. Pizza [hidden track]

When listening to the Invasives, it seems that comparisons between them and Nomeansno are inevitable: both are Canadian power trios featuring two brothers, both brothers in both bands sing, both play an angular, musically accomplished fusion of punk aggression and prog technicality (and at times are given to prog bombast), both are heavily narrative in their lyrical approach, and they both implement the same trebly guitar tone over pounding, ace rhythm sections. So unless you only love bands with extremely high-pitched, quasi Mike Patton-esque vocals, why should you care about The Invasives if you've already heard Nomeanso?

The answer is that while yes, it is true that the Invasives are heavily indebted to Nomeansno with regards to their sound, that is hardly a bad thing when one of your clear musical inspirations is one as smart and difficult to pull off properly as the former mentioned trio. And really, the Invasives manage to execute this brand of epic prog-punk quite competently. The music is tightly performed, contains plenty of interesting guitar and bass interplay, and is both energetic and clearly quite carefully put together. I can't honestly say it's the most original sound I've ever heard, but heck if it isn't still smart, and perhaps more importantly, rarely boring. And who doesn't love a hidden hardcore track dedicated to the merits of pizza from time to time?

All this said, when it comes down to it, it's impossible for me to listen to Desk Job At Count Dracula without being continually reminded that certain other trio while I listen to it. And while that's not a bad thing is this case, I'd like to see the Invasives put their ability towards defining their own sound a bit more solidly. They do well with the blueprint already established here, but also do little to really make it their own. But then, you could do a hell of a lot worse: At least I don't see these guys covering entire Ramones albums from start to finish any time in the near future…

Review by Hunter Brawer

Review date: 03/2010

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