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Album Review

Led by singer/guitarist Chris Murray, King Apparatus deal in modern ska that manages to incorporate the occasional punk element without ever adopting the latter's headlong tempos or self-conscious amateurism. Make no mistake — these guys write and sing like pros. Murray's voice is more polished than most ska singers', and he isn't afraid to let some chestiness creep into his delivery — on "Hold Me Down" and the swinging "Panic" there's almost a rockabilly element to his vocals. Then, on "Uninvited," the band manages to deliver convincing reggae in 7/8 time. Figure that one out; with guitar accents on two and four, this means they turn the beat around four times per verse — while singing.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Toronto ska-revival quintet King Apparatus was formed in the late 1980s by singer Chris Murray, guitarists Sam Tallo and Paul Ruston, bassist Mitch Girio and drummer Brian Christopher. The group issued its self-titled debut album on the Raw Energy label, followed a year later by the Hospital Waiting Room EP; in the wake of 1993's Marbles, King...
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