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Seventeen Minutes in the Cheap Seats

by The Management

Blending 'low fidelity' with 'high concept' The Management create a compelling hybrid of rock and electronic music using hand-me-down equipment and a nickel & dime budget. It's quality music from the nosebleed section.
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. I Know the Radio
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2. Coffeeshop Girls
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3. The Same
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4. Temporal Stasis Hymn
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5. Artificial Breathing
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6. Emergency Dogs
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The Management = frickinawesomeness. Is that a word? Don't answer that.

www.myspace.com/management

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Review from AllaboutDJ.com:

Just before the first track of the Management's debut EP "Seventeen Minutes in the Cheap Seats" drops into an unrelentingly heavy breakbeat with smooth Brian Wilson-like harmonies, drips a peculiar sample from a Ramones track that states "This... is Rock n' Roll."

But one thing is for sure -- this is not your father's rock n' roll. "Seventeen Minutes" thrusts itself into a captivating post-modern soundscape that could very well have been a result of George Martin and the RZA collaborating on a remake of the Clockwork Orange soundtrack. One gets the sense that these guys were bred on the sounds of the 60s-90s (from almost every genre) because they meld them all together to form some pretty catchy vocal sounds with experimental rock sensibilities that deftly utilize samples and electronic aesthetics most pervasive today in hip hop and dance music. All in all it is quite ambitious for a first release.

The title, "Seventeen Minutes in the Cheap Seats", refers not only to the length of its 6 songs and 2 instrumentals, but also to the low-budget fashion in which it was recorded, on "hand-me down" equipment. Admittedly the guys coax an intriguing blend of futuristic sounds out of their old-fashioned equipment, but audiophile purists may balk at the lo-fi production value. To their credit, their "dirty-sounding" production actually becomes part of their sound and lends well to the overall retro-future style. What occurs is a bizarre ride through their spacey dream world with some good songs that bounce around a serious genre limbo. Defying all attempts at genre classification, "Seventeen Minutes..." ekes out its own sampler-wielding niche that seems to improve with each listen, and invites anticipation for future projects. Definitely worth checking out.


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Nicolas Regalbuto

good/interestingly moody/hypnotic
It is a really nice mood record with interesting production. That lead singer has a nice voice, you kind of have to strain to hear the lyrics, but when you decipher them it's pretty worth it. Money well spent.

jakejacobs808

These cheap seats are plush!
Honestly, this album is superb. The lyrics are witty and sly. And the music has a really cool sound that varies throughout the album. It has interesting samples that play well with the instruments and voices. I like song 5 best. It is amazing how it blends in from song 4. The title is a bit long though. The instrumentals are versions of song 2 and 5 but they sound great on their own as individual songs so I can see why they put them on. I can see influences of Radiohead and the Pixies to Massive Attack and Morcheeba. Song 3 is the hardest song with crunchy guitar chords, wild drums and looped Beach Boys style vocal harmonies. Overall this is a cool album with an interesting blend of styles. I would definitely be intersted to hear more from these guys.

Sean Luke

"17 Minutes in the Cheap Seats" succeeds as an original, exciting, and powerful
Blending psychedelic guitar, droning vocal and seemingly random samples, break beat drums, and fragile voices, "The Management" is an extremely talented group. Their songs are easily recognizable, and their style is so signature and new it's hard to ignore. Some of their songs are pertinent and have thoughtful meaning, such as "i know the radio", a song supplemented by the vocals of a what seems to be a 50s-era sample, saying "He was too busy dreaming of being a star". Some of the vocals samples seem to be jibberish (heavily processed with what seems to be delay, reverb, and echo) but most are full of character, and some are sequenced to tell a story.

One thing you have to know about "The Management" is that they have *skills*. In most of their songs, all of their tastes, styles, and ideas meld into an awesome amalgation. It's beautiful. I recommend this CD whole-heartidly. The only reason I'm not giving them a 5 is because there are a few minor mastering problems, only 8 tracks, and I am expecting more from this group. By all means though, pick it up. Each member has at least one major contribution to the CD. The bass in "emergency dogs" has a funky groove. DJ Centipede compliments the songs with turntables and beats. The vocals are well thought out and bring a great variety of harmony and dissonance. The guitar, while sometimes a little off, are for the most part an integral part of the songs. I look forward to more.

Bravo, "The Management", bravo.

Aaron Pevey

Cheap Seats Are Not Second-Rate
Pretty much every "trip-hop" album sounds identical. There's a beat, a melody if you're lucky, and sound effects. The Management, though, are not run of the mill. In fact, when I first heard them I thought they were an English band so different is there sound. The vocals by Micah Berek are almost dreamy and remind one of Coldplay, while the music is inventive and feels (in a way) like a lost Vangelis record.

This is an EP well worth having. It's relaxing, exciting and creative all at once: a can't miss record from a band that looks to really be at the beginning of an artistic career.

Jeremiah

Good Stuff
I took a chance and have to say it really paid off. Definitely worth the purchase. I look forward to hearing more from this band.

All about DJ Magazine

An inspiring cross-pollenation of sounds from a talented band to watch.
Just before the first track of the Management's debut EP "Seventeen Minutes in the Cheap Seats" drops into an unrelentingly heavy breakbeat with smooth Brian Wilson-like harmonies, drips a peculiar sample from a Ramones track that states "This... is Rock n' Roll."

But one thing is for sure -- this is not your father's rock n' roll. "Seventeen Minutes" thrusts itself into a captivating post-modern soundscape that could very well have been a result of George Martin and the RZA collaborating on a remake of the Clockwork Orange soundtrack. One gets the sense that these guys were bred on the sounds of the 60s-90s (from almost every genre) because they meld them all together to form some pretty catchy vocal sounds with experimental rock sensibilities that deftly utilize samples and electronic aesthetics most pervasive today in hip hop and dance music. All in all it is quite ambitious for a first release.

The title, "Seventeen Minutes in the Cheap Seats", refers not only to the length of its 6 songs and 2 instrumentals, but also to the low-budget fashion in which it was recorded, on "hand-me down" equipment. Admittedly the guys coax an intriguing blend of futuristic sounds out of their old-fashioned equipment, but audiophile purists may balk at the lo-fi production value. To their credit, their "dirty-sounding" production actually becomes part of their sound and lends well to the overall retro-future style. What occurs is a bizarre ride through their spacey dream world with some good songs that bounce around a serious genre limbo. Defying all attempts at genre classification, "Seventeen Minutes..." ekes out its own sampler-wielding niche that seems to improve with each listen, and invites anticipation for future projects. Definitely worth checking out.