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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Sixto
Sixto
Star Star Stereo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 14, 2000
One of the best soundtracks to the early years of video game systems was Contra. From start to stop, Contra possessed not only an iron cage of metallic riffs and scorching 8-bit solos, but a well constructed, dark symphony-like corrosion of sounds in its thin plastic shell of a cartridge. It was the perfect action soundtrack. For Sixto's self-titled, half-hour long debut, they conjure many of the same moods as the Konami counterpart.

But, what exactly is Sixto's musical mission? Well, they aren't even close to being electronic, dark wave, or even synth-pop. And it's probably safe to say that they aren't all that serious either. But, before we get going down the road of integrity and all that journalistic hogwash, be aware that Sixto aren't trying to be the next Radiohead.

With titles like "You Live in a Place of Whores", "Your Nemesis Wears Sideburns", "When Ozzy Was Subversive", and music that is equal parts Joy Division (especially in guitarist/vocalist Chris Fuller's voice) and the rhythm section of some 80's metal and glam, Sixto add the obvious tag of humor to their music.

Comprised of members from Seam and Dis-, the four piece take a completely different road on this debut, venturing down into a poorly lit, sometimes sleazy, post-apocalyptic rock party filled to brim with the very finest in trend setting mullets and aerobic tube socks. Confused? The music is dark, but funny; the kind of stuff that Ronnie James Dio would bust out in his layer if he actually got into A Flock of Seagulls.

And what about the artwork? It's ultimately beautiful in its nastiness- much like the music. There is a sexiness to the disc, a sleekness almost perverse. Stomach turning octaves ensue and the quintessential guitar harmonies are heaping throughout the album's nine songs (there's a secret one, you know). Punk rock post punk for the 23rd century, perhaps? Yes. But it still sounds like Contra.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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