The Ex Senators with guests Razorhouse
Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 8:00 PM CST
Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
18 years and over
The Ex Senators deliver an honest hard musical punch with unapologetic social commentary, wily wit and wisecracks “…their musicianship blends agile bass, truly immense “rawk” guitars and a pop drumming style that bleeds some lightspeed danceability into the mix, … all the immaculately-produced clout of Green Day and Alkaline Trio, with the observational stance of Springsteen and the rabble-rousing of Rancid” (AAA MUSIC UK)
“I want people to think when they listen to our music”, says group leader Dmac. “it’s about making people have any reaction, whether that’s getting someone to be more aware of the world around them or hopefully to feel something – at the least it’s to take the musical trip with us.”
“Start a Fight”, the first single is fueled by an animated video with no holds-barred – a call-to-arms on present day American politics. “We couldn’t get Mitt Romney to pose in a money suit or Sarah Palin to appear in a wonder woman outfit with a shotgun…so we made an animated video. But any similarity between the animations and real people is purely on purpose.” – Dmac.
The lead off cut on the album “Angel”, combines cinematic, intimate lyrics with arena-ready force. Deeper tracks like “United Corporations of America” and “The Kids Are Trouble” are two fisted stomps on the current state of affairs, while “Disappear” is a song Dmac wrote in memory of his friend who died two days after the group’s first stage appearance. The song appropriately closes the album.
When recording the album they enlisted the help of veteran producer Chris Steinmetz. The album was mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig (Green Day, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins.)