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Audioporn: A Message From Our Sponsors

I met Audioporn's drummer, and I know his Dad - himself an accomplished musician. But when I was given a copy of A Message From Our Sponsors, I have to confess to a seed of skepticism. You'd have to wonder if the Dad's opinion might be based more on parental pride than on real musical judgment.

So I spun it, and didn't take it out of the car's CD changer for 2 months.

This is a group of young Brits with a fiercely "indie" mindset - a sort of modern-day Roxy Music or Van der Graaf Generator, crossed with Squonk opera and with a subtle infusion of Bowie, and a Zappa-esque irreverence. Not so much in the style of the music as in the attitude, the vibe. It's off-the-wall in parts, and spurns musical conventions in the way early Genesis did; and a damn it, it's fun! Ex-actor and frontman Munden asserts that Audioporn's music aims to have "...the balls of punk and the cleverness of Seventies stuff".

The singer will remind you of Peter Hammill on occasion, and while the band might not display an abundance of "chops" that's made up for - in abundance - with good performances and inspired songwriting. A Message From Our Sponsors is a short (thirty five minute) concept piece, each of the twelve songs rolls into the next and the whole piece hangs together and like one long epic. Not necessarily "prog" by most accepted definitions - but it is certainly "progressive" in the truest sense of that word.

It isn't perfect, yet it gets 5 stars because it's refreshing, different, edgy, yet very melodic. This is what we should be looking for in today's music.

We understand that Audioporn does an excellent live show - complete with melodramatic showmanship, spoken monologues, theatrics, and costumes borrowed from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Makes sense. This kind of music cries out for a great stage show.

Track Listing:
A Message From Our Sponsors (Intro)
The Spy Theme
Had Enough?
Trapped Down Hounded
Rotten Tango
Picking Up The Right Sounds
Down Down Down
Johnny Popstar
All Night Train
Here's Your Window
Get Up Get Happy

Added: July 2nd 2009
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Band's Web Site
Hits: 2539
Language: english

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Audioporn: A Message From Our Sponsors
Posted by Jess Green on 2009-12-09 03:48:25
My Score:

Audioporn are amazing - my favourite band of the last 2 years. 5 stars well deserved!!!

Audioporn: A Message From Our Sponsors
Posted by DC Clarke on 2009-12-08 03:35:23
My Score:

"A Message..." is one of my desert island discs. A great great record. Audioporn are also the best live band I've ever seen. DCC

Audioporn: A Message From Our Sponsors
Posted by Claire Shilton on 2009-12-07 09:37:26
My Score:

Great review! Just one discrepancy - I think Message From Our Sponsors is perfect! On every level. Best wishes Claire AKA DJ Crumpet X

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