Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Weekend Pass

Damhnait Doyle! She's good!

Dry Heave makes mouth water

Schlink's Reader will keep readers intrigued


Sinclaire clearly impressive

Left out in the cold


Sinclaire clearly impressive

Sonic Unyon

It's been two years since this London, Ontario four piece began pumping out their distinctive sound. During this period, their style has been altered and adjusted, but the base of the band's music has remained relatively the same. They have their own vein of sincere, emotional rock songs which easily find a place in your memory and make the band difficult to ignore.

The group recently joined forces with Sonic Unyon Records to release their debut album, which is essentially the re-release of a five song EP released on Toronto's Leptis Magna label in late 1998. However, now it features two additional tracks which are welcome contributions and provide a little taste of the band's future direction.

From beginning to end, this album proves to be a testament to the level of musical strength the band has achieved. Each track is its own gem waiting to be discovered and savoured by the listener.

The album reaches its pinnacle with stunning pieces such as the intense "The Wind Is The Sound Of The Crying" and the beautifully reflective "Theory," which strolls along delicately into an incredible work of excellence.

Perhaps the most striking feature of these songs is the pure passion they seem to convey. The precisely crafted guitar work and the presence of Ian Mural's soothing, bittersweet vocals allows the emotion of the music to surface beautifully and in perfect formation.

This release boasts very little in the way of mediocrity – this is a very solid and revealing record that truly deserves repeated listening in order to be fully appreciated. It's the kind of disc you lie awake listening to until the early hours of the morning. It can be enjoyed time and time again without ever losing its original appeal.

Musical achievements of this quality don't come along very often, so your best bet is to indulge in this opportunity while you can. Although Sinclaire's music is not for everyone, the band should have no trouble finding a permanent place among other Canadian bands.

Without a doubt, Sinclaire has proved themselves worthy of your attention.

–Dale Wyatt

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