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GAGE -Silent Movie Type

Northeast Performer

GAGE's Silent Movie Type is a razor-sharp collection of aggressive guitar rock. Intro track "Down to No End" is a big-time rave-up that recalls heavier Soul Asylum. With its signature guitar riff, big hooks, and over-the-top vocal rant, "Down" plays like a bastard marriage of Matchbox 20 and the Ramones. (Not as odd as it sounds.) Covering all the bases in their crunch-heavy style, "Weld Your Mouth Shut" seamlessly rides a Rage Against the Machine-style intro rap into a melodic vocal refrain. There's a hardcore sensibility at work here that punctuates the band's affinity for catchy material, although at times the repeated forays into heavy MC-ish vocals seem tired and cliché, taking away from the considerable impact of their strong material and energized playing style. GAGE stretches out with the acoustic amphetamine romp of "Unwind," a blues-tinged number that plays nicely amidst the heavier atmosphere of the album. Building to an angry climax, the song draws from the same jaw-clenched energy that fuels so much of Silent Movie Type. Songs like "Get a Face" and "Silent Movie Type" make minimal bows in the pop direction, instead relying on a familiar hardcore grind to slam home a veritable soundtrack of rage. Effective, but substantially less moving than hard-pop gems like "Down" and the raging "Tea Bag," which show that adult-anger is far more profound and entertaining than what can be expressed by merely shouting over a teeny-hardcore guitar wail.
Contact: gage@xclaim.com
-Scott Chesley


GAGE -Silent Movie Type

Noise Magazine - Issue #183

This disc is not for the weak of heart or anyone on high-blood pressure medication. Warnings aside, this is one of the most diverse and entertaining bands to date. Former SSD guitarist ("Lethal") has switched to bass and proven he's gotten better with age (or would that be "better with GAGE?"). Gage is heavy and harsh with a little bit of emotion thrown in for extra flavor. Guitarists TJ and Ave are in sync and totally pumped up with speed on songs like "What's Your Damage?," "Get a Face," and "Incensed." Al's mean bass riffs get extra applause in "Down to No End." "Unwind" is in a class all by itself. It's folky, yet rocking in its own sort of way and keeps you wondering what will come next. "Get a Face," with its evil and dark melodies, has the tenseness meter going through the roof. Anthony has done an amazing job keeping the changes in beat and is slammin' with the snare and bass. Ryan is the added bonus with his fierce, straight, shoot-from-the-hip voice. "My Hemisphere" is the break-all-the-rules tune on the whole album with jazzy/funk rock kookiness written all over it. "Silent Movie Type" is a tight, tough song that should be playing nation-wide and have unlimited airplay. Last (but not least) on this musical carnage ride is "Hero to No One," a pumped-to-the-max song and a great way to end a musical roller coaster ride. So if you need stress relief, set you "Gage" for stun and give it a listen.


GAGE -Silent Movie Type

Metronome

Fusing hard core rhythms with street rapping lyrics and premeditated prose, Gage turns up the heat on this intense sounding compact disc. The smashing rhythm section of drummer Anthony and bassist Al careens off of everything that's not tied down as guitarists TJ and Dave fire off flame thrower riffs punctuated by Ryan's blaring vocal shrills. This is Boston hardcore at its finest and if you look under the rubble that Gage leaves behind.


GAGE -Silent Movie Type

Boston Sound Check

Five hard rockin' dudes blasting out the toonz with some hardcore and alternative influences. Nice guitar sound. Got a funky like type deal happening down on song seven. It's called My Hemisphere and the lead vocalist's rampant delivery and quick vibrato never sounded better. "Designed to portray life as like a vast Dali. I've walked a million steps inside a man I thought was dead." Couple two lyrics for you from Perfume with its sweet acoustic guitar intro and rough sounding verses. I'm nutz about title cut, Silent Movie Type, and I also like What's Your Damage and Unwind. Lots of cool listening on this disc.

L.A. Joe


Louisville Music News
Scissor (XCLAIM)
Gage
By Sean Norris

This Canadian band has me on its side with Scissor - I like the album. The unusual opening with solo congas quickly switched to a Nivana-like guitar melody - almost, should one say it? - better than Nirvana. Gage has a cleaner sound even though they use distortion. The bass line is just better, more supportive and more integrated into the total sound.
The lead vocal is clean even when he's screaming and the lyrics are the kind that make you want to think. Nice harmony, with the timbre dominated by bass, guitar and drums, with synthesizer input. The album is not pitched as deep as a lot of music in this genre but was more in the "pretty" range, as the guitar wove a leading pattern throughout. The bass was so subtle and blended in places that it was hard to pick out. This was a real postive for this group.
The tempo changes were outstanding, shifting so drastically that it made the listener feel the emotional ups and downs of the lead singer. The music bonded the singer and listener in a meditative relationship that left this listener thoughtful and pensive.
Everyone I shared this album with wanted a copy. Comments range from "great" to "awesome" to "kick a** cool." For me, its an album for "spin the disc, spin the dream." A good experience.

GAGE NOTE: We are not from Canada



Review from The Nebula

CD Title: Scissor

Ahh . . . this is so great to get a local submission that truly, truly rocks. Gage plays in-your-face hard rock with a minimal amount of bull. No excessive solos, over-the-top drum fills, or unnecessary time-signature shifts. The vibe here is on the songs as a whole. Well, the songs and a big, thick, fat wall of guitar crunch. From the first 30 seconds of "Ride Up On My Soul" (the CD's opening cut), I could tell GAGE was a band that had it together. "I Made You, I can Break You" opens with a furious noise-fest and swiftly turns into a solid, medium-tempo rocker. Anthony Costanzo's quiet drumming on "Early Man" is so fluid you could pour it into a glass. Of particular note is the catchy and radio-ready "Mood Swing." At first listen, this song seems a little out of place on the CD, until you realize that's exactly the point. Do what you can to get this song on the radio, GAGE - it's a winner. Lyrically, there's a healthy dose of bleakness throughout the disc, but not so much that it gets whiny. Yes, there is clearly a Seattle influence, and singer Ryan Fariole has to be REALLY careful on future releases not to sound too much like the Eddie you-know-who. But songs like the almost punk chaotic "Attraction," the quietly dark "Clockwork Red," and the bizarre opening of "Baby" show that GAGE has a range and depth that some bands would kill for. Unlike a lot of the material I heard this month, GAGE's "Scissor" is on my list of CDs to listen to AFTER I've written this review. CONTACT - XClaim, P.O. Box 1979, Boston, MA 02205 - John Mickevich


Review from The Noise Issue #161

GAGE XCLAIM
Scissor 12-song CD

A very strong second release from Gage. I'm impressed by the fact that the album doesn't weaken significantly after the first few cuts. Gage will remind you of Tool - dark and tormented, with fast songs and a singer who sounds continually pained. What surprised me most about this CD is the number of songs that have, dare I utter the words, marketability. And I mean that in a good way, you indie purists. In particular, "They Don't See and "Give in to Me" fit the aforementioned description. "Give in to Me" is chock full of great guitar and drums and has a pop edge (Think Pearl Jam). The best cut on the cd is "Baby," a disturbing and heavy bout of jealous dementia. "Mood Swing" shows great versatility on Gage's part. As with any album, there is un unmemorable tune or two - but even the lyrically worn songs like "Attraction" or "I Hate My Friends" have a unique sound that incorporates a mighty beat and bass line. Hmmmm. There must be some other Webster's Dictionary out there of which I'm unaware because the last time I checked the word "gone" wasn't pronounced "GAH-hown!" Nothin' personal.
(Kristy Andrelunas)

Review from Northeast Performer

GAGE -"Scissor"

These guys are cool, man - I really think so. They mean it, they
keep it simple and are tight. I dig the attitude, it rocks. This CD
covers no new ground - it's pretty standard grunge stuff with a slight
punky, metal twinge. They don't sound like any other band
specifically, just the genre in general. These guys listed to lots of
Jane's Addiction, Nirvana and Black Sabbath, I bet.
The singer, Ryan , is quite emotive and has a unique, wavery
voice. Three distorted electronics, played by TJ , Dave and Al, give us a nice wall of sound for much of the album. Breaks in the sonic wall are pretty and wonderfully sparse.
"Early Man" I loved, and "They Don't See" broke my heart. "Ride up On My Soul" is a great title for a great tune. "Mood Swing" swings.
"Clockwork Red" is eerie and quite a mover, too. "Give In To Me"
forced me to respect these men for their sheer power. Nice vocal
line, too. Notice that I'm naming nearly every song on the disc? A
good sign. And they should be signed - discs like this make the job a
pleasure. Contact: XCLAIM PO Box 1979 Boston MA 02205 or email
gagexclaim@aol.com

-Bob Cronin