June 7, 2007


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HUMANWINE, Fighting Naked
Nervous Relatives, 2007

Lemony Snicket commissions a Boston duo-and-then-some to record an anti-establismentrian post-grunge gypsy folk cabaret a la Siouxsie Sioux come metal rhumba, oh and could you throw in a sea chantey? The result — yay!

M@ McNiss and Holly Brewer bubble to the top of Beantown’s recently boiling dark cabaret scene by taking their delightfully Burton-esque musical fables to CD. Is it banjo-goth? Punk-icana? Whatever the case may be, the rapid-fire swashes of musical genre — skipping on Fighting Naked will tweak a neuron of warm recognition at some point, if you give it the patience and attention that good musical theater requires.

ZOMG did I say good musical theater?!?! I’m melting....

Dresden Doll Brian Viglione dishes out his increasingly emotive percussion herein to give some grist for the musical elitists to mill among all this creative bombast. Is Brewer too brooding and fey? Was that rhetorical? AGlenn Given

(Fighting Naked is available almost exclusively through www.nervousrelatives.com/store)