Bend Sinister
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Four out of Four Stars

“Beware when taking a trip Through the Broken City. You may find yourself overwhelmed by passages from Queen's A Night at the Opera, the quirky Rhodes stylings of Supertramp, the apocalyptic panic of Muse and the lamenting vocals of Jeff Buckley. An ambitious combination, but one that works nonetheless. Track for track, Bend Sinister's influences fight for supremacy, and all emerge victorious. Far from fulfilling their potential for pompous sentiment and specious solos, vocalist Daniel Moxon's lyrical aims seem as true as guitarist Naben Ruthnum's abilities. Pitting technical precision against psychedelic scatter, Ruthnum's work is a rare, impassioned and irreverent attack on the blues scale, which not only highlights the best songs here (the multi-tonal psych meltdown of "Truth or Truth"), but also compensates for the less inspired ones (the lingering lounge of "Preach for the Stars").”
-Ash Keenan

- EYE Weekly (Toronto)


(A-)
Tuesday, April 26th 2005
"The nice thing about bands like the Mars Volta is that imaginative young acts no longer fear ridicule getting their prog on. In its bio, this Kelowna based quintet even name drops '70s bombast such as Yes and Queen. Amazingly, from Naben Ruthnum's Brian May-esque leads to Dan Moxon's soaring vocals and Rhodes piano runs, the influence is honestly there. It's brilliantly utilized, too, on everything from the dramatic multi-part harmonies to the climatic buildup in 'Tough Love.'
Another in a great year of indie-scene releases in Vancouver. "
-Stuart Derdeyn
- The Province (Vancouver)


NNN
August 11, 2005
It's refershing to hear a contemporary prog band that's focused on good songwriting. Bend Sinister don't try to hide their old-school prod influences: the majesty of Queen is here, as is Yes's rocking and a softer side from Steely Dan. The Fender Rhodes leads even give the whole thing a Supertramp feel. Through the Broken City combines these elements and more to create an artifact of surprising power, beauty and playfulness that's prefect for comtemplating your ceiling or working on your car. - Now Magazine (Toronto)


Neo prog from the Kelown-ial 5 piece that is so good I now have to eat my record collection due to a stupid bet that I made with my friend. Yes, Supertramp and Steely Dan poke their sizable heads trough a hole in the title track. Naturally, I hit them with a mallet. This is not so po-faced as these things tend to be, mercifully, and the quality of the sounds and some compelling vocals help carry the day, with "Fool to Love" acting as the mid album mind-blower. It has a killer Brian May-like -or Mavian, if you will- guitar break in the middle. Not that any of these "songs" have "middles". That would assume that "time" moves in a straight line with Bend Sinister. Not so! Boffins who pick up instruments invariably battle the clock, knowing that to do otherwise will end in the apocalypse scenario redered so beautifully on the album cover.
-Mack - Nerve Magazine (Vancouver)


Discography

Through the Broken City (2005, Storyboard Label)

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Bio

The parts of Bend Sinister became a whole in 2001. After tweaking their line-up to construct the perfect ensemble, the young band is ready to take the Canadian music scene by storm. They’ve just wrapped up their first cross country tour to promote their debut album Through the Broken City (Storyboard Label), and have been receiving rave reviews.

Bend Sinister’s music has taken the best elements of seventies prog and modern independent rock, and twisted them into something fresh that is pop pleasure on the surface and a challenging rhythmic, melodic puzzle under closer examination. With their definitive sound and commanding stage presence it’s no wonder they have been receiving such praise for what they love most. As Hamilton’s View Weekly states: “ Through the Broken City…is an epic, minor masterpiece…the band displays strong songwriting skills, excellent musicianship and enough oomph in their arrangements that the album is an interesting listen from beginning to end.” With such positive sentiments echoed in press across the country, the masses are beginning to sit up and take notice.