Strange Rebel Frequency | Sans Restless Memory

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Sans Restless Memory

by Strange Rebel Frequency

Dark acoustic-based rock with male/female vocals.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Ali
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2. Against The Grain
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3. Stay
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4. City Of Angels
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5. Crackle
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6. Demonseed (Walk Away)
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7. Burning Blue
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8. Vanalden Days
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9. Wire
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10. Goodbye
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11. Blind
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12. The Fall
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13. Belong
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14. Long Way Around
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15. Purgatory
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Sans Restless Memory,” the sophomore record by David M. Cross’ musical collective Strange Rebel Frequency, takes the band’s emotive, stripped sound further down the dark and dusty road of acoustic alternative. Layers of dissonant guitar, lush ambience and Cross’ baritone poetics serve to capture the hidden heart of true Americana while both distancing Strange Rebel Frequency from and recalling contemporaries such as Wilco, Iron & Wine and Will Oldham.

Drawing comparisons to artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and even Bruce Springsteen, Strange Rebel Frequency is quickly carving out a niche in the alt-country landscape and the Los Angeles underground, elevating and redefining the genre while exploring their unique vision of the American Dream.

“Sans Restless Memory” brings forward even more of the grit, heartache and melancholy reflection Cross' fans have come to love, a humbling portrait of life and love soaked in blood, tears and whiskey.

Review by SJD
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David M Cross: vocals, guitars, mandolin, harmonica
Maree Camu: vocals
Jacob Strunk: bass


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Dan C

Doom-laden folk
The first half is a powerhouse of songwriting. The two voices intertwine much better than on the first CD. And then the second half is a descent into depressive darkness.

Andrew Boe

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Sans Restless Memory, the second album by Strange Rebel Frequency is primarily an acoustic based assortment of songs that falls somewhere between Johnny Cash and Swans. It is a stark recording that will put you straight into a car on a late evening ride through the arid wastelands of Southern California upon listening.

The Los Angeles based group actually released Sans Restless Memory in 2007, but this disc recently arrived in the mailbox of Three Imaginary Girls and upon hearing these songs, this ‘better late than never’ review was asking to be published. The fifteen tracks on the disc span a range of folk (“Vanalden Days”), roots country (“City Of Angels”), punk (“Wire”) and goth (“Crackle”), but there is a cohesiveness to the record that is held together by the omnipresent strumming of acoustic guitar and the low grumble of singer David M. Cross’s voice.

There are many highlights on Sans Restless Memory thanks to the impressive songwriting, but “Vanalden Days” in particular is a beautiful portrayal of resignation that sits comfortably alongside “Chelsea Hotel #2” by Leonard Cohen. “Crackle” opens up some contrasting territory with grinding electric guitars that are not unlike Swans or early Cranes. Elsewhere, “Ali” is another teary stripped down ballad in the vein of Tom Waits.

As noted previously, this record is already nearly two years old and Strange Rebel Frequency is preparing to release a new album this year titled Our Refining Days. There is no word yet on a release date, but keep a look out for the upcoming CD. Let’s also hope for a West Coast tour. A live show in Seattle later in the year would be greatly anticipated.
-Andrew Boe, April 06, 2009

Chad L Oakley

Greetings from Minnesota
I bought their first cd that was awesome.Now i bought this second cd.Totally awesome listening.Super fast shipping.