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THE LUINISSINFES


"Feelings Beyond Intimidation - Part 2" (Deformative Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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The Luinissinfes' "Feelings Beyond Intimidation - Part 2" is a mix of Saigon Kick minus the Beatles influence, Alice In Chains' acoustic alchemy and harmony vocals, and modern hard rock's grittier moments. The Luinissinfes' "Feelings Beyond Intimidation - Part 2" is a journey of self-expression, sometimes direct and sometimes abstract, as young souls mature through the minefields of life.

Equally mixing anguish and melody The Luinissinfes come off like modern day Violent Femmes with amplifiers. Whether heavy ("How I Feel") or mellow ("Struck Twice") The Luinissinfes manage to express the darkest moments humans can experience in vibrant color. The musical gears switch easily between moods and tempos while the overall album ebbs and flows to match the emotional spectrum experienced dealing with life's mostly down moments. The Luinissinfes' use of keyboards provides a unique angle on their sound courtesy of the multi-talented Steve Hickey. Hickey also trades vocals with bandmate Matt Silkworth providing one of the easiest comparisons to the Staley/Cantrell harmony vocal sound and style. The rhythm section of Jim Hickey and Jerry Zamostny are a versatile tandem.

"Feelings Beyond Intimidation - Part 2" is one of those rare records that I find pulling off the shelf to listen to again and again when my mood has been dictated by the frustration and self-doubt caused by others. Is it therapy? Not quite - but cathartic nonetheless.

I needed a new local band to appreciate and The Luinissfines are the one local band I'll want to hear more from in 2003 and beyond. Baltimore has a creative, if severely under-appreciated, music scene (SR-71 and Good Charlotte notwithstanding) and The Luinissfines are ample proof that scene in the mid-Atlantic has a lot of promise for artistic success if not commercial success.

The Luinissinfes are Steve Hickey on guitar and vocals, Matt Silkworth on guitar and vocals, Jim Hickey on bass, and Jerry Zamostny on drums.

For more information (and to purchase the band's CDs) visit http://www.luiniss.com/


Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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