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Curse of Evolution

by The Main Frame

The Main Frame draw from a palette of modern and classic synth, new wave, and post-punk sounds. Dance-rock rhythms and melodic-picked bass hooks drive the listener through each dark vignette.
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1. Flip the Swith
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2. The Shape of My Love
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3. Runner One
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4. Join the Majority
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5. Ravenous
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6. Special Forces
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7. The Predator Ritual
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8. What Lies Beneath Us
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9. Invisible Hands
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10. Beyond Life and Death
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Album Notes
The Main Frame highlights two years of creative process on Curse of Evolution, the first full recording from the LA - area quartet. This album clocks in at under 35 minutes, but each of these ten tracks is a full-scale exercise in rock and pop forms. Curse of Evolution draws from a palette of both modern and classic synth, new-wave, and post-punk sounds. Dance-rock drums and melodic picked bass hooks drive the listener through each dark vignette. A wide array of synthesizer sounds fills the space between the minimal guitar rhythms and leads. Nestled with precision in this instrumental framework lies the vocal lead, further tying together the album with a persistently ominous lyrical theme.

Curse of Evolution was recorded digitally with a good selection of microphones and few overdubs - the rhythm section retains energy and adds a live feel to the dark, composed tracks. The vocal takes are raw and undoubled, to match the spontaneity of the instrumental tracks. In the mixing stage, Jeff Harris (Nobody, Mia Doi Todd, Free Moral Agents) turned the band's tracks into what could be described as a modern take on a new-wave production. The mix is up-front and radio-friendly, but retains enough natural sound to preserve the emotion of the individual performers. The album closer, vocoder epic Beyond Life and Death, gives the listener a soft goodbye with a more open, rock production.

The Main Frame hail from the Bay Area, Southern California, and Arizona. Their musical backgrounds are even broader, running the gauntlet of independent styles. Bound together by a common love for the music of Britain and New York in the late 70's and early 80's, the band formed with the initial concept of the new-wave band, taking as greatest inspiration bands like Tubeway Army, the Cars, and Devo. From the beginning, however, there existed a dark thematic undercurrent and a group desire to strip the camp and humor from the image of New Wave. The band's sound has slowly evolved and dance beats have become more prevalent in the newer material. The Main Frame has embraced what they initally resisted - the stylistic influence of Joy Division, New Order, the Cure, the Chameleons, and Gang of Four - and their modern counterparts. In their instrumental makeup, the band proudly wears all of these influences. However, the songs of Curse of Evolution themselves are neither derivative nor uninspired.


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Excellent eighties new wave-sound with brilliant songs
Oh so trendy late70's-80's ? Yep, but forget the hype, The Main Frame makes it rock like it used to, with attitude and enthusiasm that made me fall in love to XTC, Joy Division and all that catchy and pure new wave-sound in the past. The tunes and melodies in this cd are just full of catchy hooks - for example, check out the bass line in "Ravenous": if it don't make you rock you must be dead, or deaf ! And they do have a great, personal sound. Unfortunately Bird in Hand Records website's last update seems to be over a year old - so what's happened to this great band!!? My advise is: Get this cd before it's too late!

B Cohn

Great hooks, great energy, very appealing vocals and not a note is wasted. This band is a real find.

Lee Mcdaniel

A Rock Music Adventure
Wow these guys are awesome they have a sound that no one else has. I hope to hear alot from them in the future. Thanks again Cd Baby for the great music!

Chris S. of

Every track on this debut is a work of sheer brilliance
After watching the Main Frame live about three months ago at the Key Club I knew then what I know now. My views on them have only gotten stronger and now with their beyond brilliant debut album I can tell the world that the Main Frame is the next big thing to hit Los Angeles in a long time. This is not hype bullshit either, I'm dead serious when I say every track is a work of sheer brilliance.

The album itself has an interesting formula 'hit em' hard first and then softly at the end.' With 'Flip the Switch' the opening track on the album, the first notable sound you will hear is a synthesizer (don't fear the synths - embrace them. Hey it worked for Depeche Mode) carefully building up to Stephen's first words '"Flip the switch / scattered flash of faded light / hold the kiss / you fear to choose what's right." Right off the bat you can tell the Main Frame is not here to look cute and seduce you with their handsome exteriors. They don't play games, they are telling you straight out 'love us or hate us'; you'll hear more of this in the next song.

'The Shape of My Love,' here we go again with those lyrics "what you say to me / gives ammunition to the enemy / you take these liberties / we take nothing lightly". I warned you these guys aren't eating around the tush, they're serious - so take them seriously. "the shape of my love / a bird of prey with the face of a dove / the shape of my fate fills the space between us / why do you run / we are changing the face of the earth / how can you hide from a hundred thousand eyes". I know what you're thinking...yes I can see it now - you're thinking he is a cunning lyricist. I know I'm right so just nod your head.

'Runner One' was the first track I downloaded months ago and deemed it the best of the three available on their site. The clash of sounds (guitars, synths, bass and drums) is enormous and packed so tightly that if you were to take one element out it would be like a man missing his testicles. The heavy bass playing comes from Bill Repke who plays his instrument like a rhythm guitar which completely works for him.

‘Special Forces’ is one of those songs that you have to hear live because it is so powerful on the album. The drumming from Trip Waterhouse really stands out here. It is so precise that you are left wondering if it was really a drum machine. ‘The Predator Ritual’ reminds me of the early works of the Cure. Haunting lyrics make you really appreciate this song for all its worth. What must have Stephen been thinking as he was writing the music to this song? One can only imagine, but at the end we are left with an incredible display of love and hate. Poetry is the only way I can explain this song. You really have to hear if for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

The last mark the Main Frame leaves us with is ‘Beyond life and death’. Obviously this is the token melancholy song in the album. An eerie voice distorted by a machine is a bitter sweet ending to a fabulous debut. At the end if feels like an hour or so has passed but it was only a mere half an hour of complete bliss. From my point of view the Main Frame can only go forwards in achieving major success.

Final Verdict :: Go be the first kid on your block to get this album, you won’t be disappointed at all. Share the Main Frame with your friends. Speaking of friends, I hear the Main Frame are the ‘Dark Lords of Friendster’. Now there’s an album title waiting to be printed and exposed to the world.