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Cleavage

by June Cleaver & The Steak Knives

Looking for some diversity? Uniquely defining "demented pop", Cleavage is an absurd exploration in weirdness and rock.
Genre: Rock: Avant-Prog
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1. Necrophilia
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2. Buried In Deep Cement
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3. Hurry Up!
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4. Incandescence
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5. Hate Song
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6. Terrorists
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7. Hypnotic Faux Finish
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8. Mr. Wimple
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9. Never See Your Face
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10. I Can't Believer It's Not Butter
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11. Chips In The Chocolate Sky
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12. Brahma Barker
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13. Sweet Cowboy
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14. Today Did Not Arrive
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15. What Will You Do?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
June Cleaver & The Steak Knives - Biography

Although June Cleaver and the Steak Knives began as a collaboration centered around film and video experimentation, Christopher and Patrick Bradley, brothers from Syracuse, NY, soon decided to focus their energy on the recording arts. Using a broad array of instrumentation, ranging from traditional rock (guitar, bass, drums) to the more exotic (sitar, zither, accordian) and electronic, June Cleaver connects innovation, concept, and the reconstruction of many popular modes of musical expression. The duo has recorded 5 CD's, each uniquely different from one another. The music is unusual, yet infectious. Employing a highly innovative approach to composition and production, the music is often created within a conceptual framework. The last two CD's have been collections of unrelated songs, experimenting within more traditional popular musical structures.

The band spent a few years on the independent label, Esoteric Music Group, before its demise in 2000. The company's founder, Tom Timony, ran Ralph Records in the 1980's working with with underground favorites like The Residents and Yellow, and he found similar potential in June Cleaver. J.C. & the S.K.'s have recorded soundtracks for film and video works, radio and TV commercials, radio dramas, and even soundscape material for an interactive exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum. The band has slowly perfected the creation of its own unique brand of uncategorizable rock music. This band is extremely self-sufficient. Every aspect of making the CDs -from composition to performance to engineering to production (with the exception of mastering) - is done by the two brothers...even the artwork for the finished product. Quality control.... However, collaboration keeps things interesting. The last two CD's have featured the talents of several guest musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds.

The brothers are currently living half way across the country from one another. Music is constantly being transported between respective residences in Chicago and New York's Hudson Valley. The group was voted "Best Local Band 2003" by Hudson Valley Magazine. The group has become more of an animation production house as of late. Pat creates the visuals, often writing the stories himself or collaborating with developers. Chris is in charge of the audio end, creating both scores and songs for the productions. The two have done nationally award winning animations for several permanent exhibits at the Field Museum, and are currently finishing up a Patrick Bradley original, entitled UNDO, about what life might be like if we could erase certain sections of it. Look for it at independent film festivals at the end of 2008.

June Cleaver and the Steak Knives has reached its 10 year anniversary this summer, and have recreated a song from the first CD called Steven. Recent work has begun on a new studio CD.

Cleavage -
This album contains 15 songs recorded between 2000 and 2002. Although the music has more of a traditional structure than past CDs, the underlying nature of weirdness is very apparent. It is like The Brothers Quay attempting to produce a Hollywood action film. So, what has actually been produced is a collection of music that is both unlike anything you have ever heard and many things that you hear all the time. Countless genres are explored, but with one foot planted firmly in rock 'n roll.


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Klement

Party on!
It definitely sounds like the band had a good time making this CD. Whip out the white port and lemon juice and get ready to have fun!

Steven Lance

"...Great, seamless effort. Truly amazing."
"...Great, seamless effort. Wild instrumentation and quite amazing changes/feels that defy conventional music logic. Truly amazing. In all my years' involvement with cutting edge music and fiction and politics ...believe me, ("Cleavage") is there. No small miracle in this fuckin' culture of soundbite knowledge and the craftless moronic plague that passes for art!!!! "

RAFAL

pretty songs in weird mood
Nice album... clever music in cleaveage, hehehe...
Funny songs. Buy, buy don't be shy!!!

sirjohnjohns

A great out there experience
This disc offers a great sampling of off-kilter melodys and interesting vocal stylings. The song structures are all over the map, but the disc still holds together as a whole. Cleavage is that rare disc that succeeds in creating a musical universe that is not recognizable as a derivative of other artists.

Needless to say, I highly recommend it.

Nick

GREAT!
A very original album. Really good and goofy lyrics. A Must buy!

David Sattler

Wacky
If The Residents had a more modern outlook and toned down the weirdness a tad, this would be them. These guys have fun without slipping into being self-indulgent, and rock like crazy.