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Album Review

Following in the footsteps of their hometown heroes Hüsker Dü and likeminded debasers the Pixies, the members of Minneapolis' Sicbay take pop hooks and mangle them into guitar insanity. The band's second album, Overreaction Time, starts off with "Herculaneum," a song with a title and spiraling intensity that would do Black Francis proud, crossing straight-up punk rock with the noise of Jawbox. But Nick Sakes and company are also given to prog-y experimentation, like on the rambling "Smoke Stains," and it lends the album a dynamic vibe. "Meet the Jinx" is like some dark, lost track from SST's heyday, and "Jack Pine" is one fierce slab of post-punk surf rock. Overreaction Time may initially have listeners digging out their old Pixies records, but by a few songs in, the album solidifies Sicbay as a seriously demented and unstoppable band in its own right.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Sicbay's Nick Sakes is a cult hero to enthusiasts of underground Midwestern noise rock. He played guitar and sang for Dazzling Killmen and Colossamite, both well-respected acts who toured extensively and released multiple records on the Skin Graft label. Sicbay's sound combines the dissonance and rhythmic experimentation of Sakes' previous projects with a new focus on melody and concise songs. After the dissolution of Colossamite in the late '90s, Sakes began playing with a second guitarist, his...
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