steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hell" CDR

Shilly-Shally Recordings

Genres: indie rock, punk

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Mar 31 - Apr 6 2003

Opinionated lyrics, a melodic guitar rock sound, and an extremely attractive lead singer sum up Spinster pretty well.  Over the five songs on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hell, the band prove that they've got all the aspects of a winning rock band, and yet still have some work to do.

First things first, Spinster's punk-influenced rock compositions are very well written.  Their problem doesn't lie in their lyrics or their songwriting - it lies in their execution.  The most obvious problem is a notable disunion between the instrumentation and Kyle Moss' vocals.  Girly and yet still of a rock breed, her singing is often too loud in the recording, making the other instruments seem to fade into the background.  As well, the guitars and vocals just don't seem to blend like you'd expect them to.  Sometimes this is reminiscent of bands like Bikini Kill and The Raincoats, to some extent.

"Fashion Victim" is a good example of their music.  Succinct and to the point, their lyrics make blunt statements like "Teenage girls want to be models/Downing diet pills by bottles"; their points are summed up clearly in their choruses: "Fashion victim, she's a painted skeleton." However, much of the release still suffers from slightly annoying vocals and a so-so recording quality.  "Springbreak In Manhattan," on the other hand, is the album's best track - its melodies work, and the correlation between the instruments and the vocals is much more tight.

All in all, Spinster's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hell EP is an opinionated romp that hints at a promising future for the band.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 songs, distributed by the band, released 2002]