Album Review

Ants, the – “Victory Side ” – [Sickroom Recordings, Ltd.]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

Sidestepping repetition of lyric or melody, this
Kansas 7-piece molds musical structure atop
the ‘experimental narrative music? of songwriter
Chad Bryan, whose locomotive thought train seems
to tow a string of club cars in image oblique,
clattering past in maladjusted time signatures &
tones of sepia hue. Bassist + mandolin man Brad
Nichols & vocalist Sue Phillips rise to the fore
on this second release, which
follows ‘Sparkling Disaster Strategies?[2002];
coming up is a split 12″ with OLE MOSSY FACE
an d a live appearance @ KFJC 06-13-05, a sort
of homecoming for Bryan, who began THE ANTS
in Redwood City, circa 2000 before relocating to
Lawrence, KS. Impossible to place in generalities,
THE ANTS take a holistic pleasure in sounding

MITCH May 2005

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