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Album Review

Obsessed with mental illness, loneliness, and survival, Five Eight frontman Mike Mantione paints a harrowing picture on The Good Nurse. Funeral march tempos and faded earth tone textures couch Mantione's meditations on manic depression and other day-to-day struggles. Kindred spirits may find solace in his testimony, but casual listeners will find the morbid hospital setting and overall sense of hopelessness a bit overwhelming. Sequenced like one long song, The Good Nurse wallows in emo-style darkness from start to finish, with nary a respite from its stale smell of death. Not for the squeamish.


Formed: Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Athens, GA emo unit Five Eight was the vehicle of singer/guitarist Mike Mantione, a self-professed manic depressive whose music exorcised his personal demons in grim detail. Debuting in 1989 with the self-released Passive-Aggressive cassette, the band -- which also comprised longtime bassist Dan Horowitz, guitarist Sean Dunn and drummer Patrick '"Tigger'" Ferguson -- resurfaced two years later with Inflatable Sense of Self. Signing to the Sky label, in 1992 Five Eight issued their first full-length...
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