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Reunion of Cynics

by Wicked Immigrant

Acoustic guitar, bass and cello with lo-fi accents and melodic Midwestern vocals. Indie folk for hungover train jumpers.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. The Implied Fraction
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2. Myth of Beds
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3. Right-Hand Man
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4. Broken Fingers of the Forest
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5. White Concrete
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6. More or Less Intact
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7. Hours Underwater
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8. A Particular Thing
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9. Pyramid Law
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10. An Easy Win
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11. Passenger Being
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12. Just a Plan
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13. Off the Coast
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14. The Other Folks
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Album Notes
Despite the name, Wicked Immigrant is neither an evil band of migrant workers nor a right-wing anti-alien group. It is, in fact, just two guys with a fucked up sense of humor and the urge to create melodic, home-recorded music with a tinge of orchestral bombast.

Formed in 2003, John and Chris enlisted the help of friends and significant others to create "Reunion of Cynics," an indie-folk album that has no illusions about its stylistic schizophrenia. Plucked acoustic guitars, cut-rate synthesizers, agile basslines and aging cellos and pianos arrange themselves in a resolutely mid-fi way. Fuzzy vocals compliment lyrics that speak alternately of hope, despair and the drunken dismissal of both.

John (in Denver) and Chris (Dayton, Ohio) mailed Zip discs to each other in order to create the album, layering their contributions over the last half of 2003 to assemble the 14 water-damaged tracks. Never having practiced or played together in the same room, the members created a distanced musical dialog of epileptic proportions. If Lou Barlow woke up from a drunken night of GBV karaoke, he'd put this on to diffuse his hangover.

Chris and John also started the low profile home-recording collective Friendly Psychics Music, based equally in Dayton and Denver. Friendly Psychics Music has released albums like Upstate's soundtrack EP to the independent film "Missing," Bullet Gastino's last two full-lengths, Dishwater Psychics' "The Signal Will Fade," and the Tarantula Dinner Party's "Have a Seat." FPM is currently recording a new Tarantula Dinner Party EP and Upstate LP.

John - vocals, guitars, synths
Chris - bass, smokes

James Focht - electric guitar on 2, 3, 5, & 9-13
Sarah Arnold - cello on 1, 3, 6, 8, 9 & 13
John Metzger - electric guitar on 5
Buddy Watson - piano on 5


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Independent Clause

The perfect road-trip album
The guitars are haunting, the bass is subtle but very important, the vocals are mournful, and the occasional cello offsets everything wonderfully, creating a wall of hypnotic, soothing sound.

Lex Thiel

Completely unexpected
Wicked Immigrant show on the whole record that it's possible to be calm and relaxed without sounding too mellow. (John and Chris) play very calm lo-fi independent folk. To give the whole music a certain mid-fi feeling, they were supported by friends playing guitar, cello and piano on several songs... I especially like the songs with cello which gives them a certain chamber music touch.

Past and Present

Remarkable results for long-distance recording
You'd never have guessed that these guys didn't spend hundreds of hours practicing these songs before going into a studio.

Dayton City Paper

Creates a unique flavor
The interplay between artists continues to create a unique flavor overset with electric guitars, piano and cello. The clever lyrics, often undeniably poetic, are best expressed on tracks including “Myths of Beds” and “Pyramid Law,” whereas tracks like “White Concrete” and “Broken Fingers of the Forest” feature gentler expressions of musical harmony and western influence with piano, low guitar humming and bending in the foreground.


Intelligent indie rock
Surprisingly intimate considering the recording conditions, Wicked Immigrant is intelligent indie rock with lo-fi appeal despite tremendous production and engineering efforts. The lyrics are in depth and never transparent and blend in perfectly with the narrow spaces of this adventuresome late-night apartment rock n-roll.

Daredevil Magazine

Sounds great for a long-distance collaboration
I can't believe that this is a home recording, cause it sounds so fresh and present... This time John Wenzel and Chris Jones also added cello and piano to their songs and what can I say... it sounds great.


Clean, lush recordings
I find it to be far superior to most of that stuff that I've come across, and I look forward to hearing more from this band for sure. If you're even mildly curious about hearing this I would recommend trying to at least sample it online to see what you'd truly think of it.