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"Impact Press Review!"

Music Versus the Heart is a melodic rock band that makes their songs just catchy enough without over doing it. The band has tempo changes throughout the album which keep it entertaining. Slower songs such as Just Between the 3 of Us and Epic incorporate back up vocals to add a different harmony appeal to the music. Songs such as Intro to Life keep the energy of the album high. Between the harmonies and guitar hooks, this disc is one that will be hard to put down. (KB) - Impact Press


"Independent Clauses Review!"

Music Versus the Heart is a band whose name is truly apropos in the sense that it is difficult to separate the feeling in your chest from the sound in your ears as you listen to this CD from start to finish. Their sound is powerful and raw, yet it still pulls at your heartstrings.

For the most part, their sound captures the essence of the late-1990s emo rock style, paying tribute to such bands as Texas is the Reason and The Get Up Kids (circa the [u]Four Minute Mile[/u] era). Their singer’s voice, which seems to mimic Jeremy Enigk’s (Sunny Day Real Estate), conjures up aural images of this time period in emo history. This is not to say that MVTH is a copycat act. While they incorporate the essence of the sound of these bands, they still maintain a core sound that is uniquely their own, occasionally riding right on the invisible line between hardcore and emo, giving a subtle, but distinctive edge to their sound.

Another thing that makes this CD great is its variances in mood. Some songs, such as “Finding Isabel”, have a soft, sweet disposition, whereas other songs, such as “Firecracker”, have a more powerful feel. These shifts in mood bring this album to life. As your heartstrings are being tugged, the music pulls you left to right through all of the emotions that are part of the human experience.

The only real weakness in this album is the production quality, which is not horrible, but has the somewhat muffled sound that is common from releases on independent record labels. It is far from the worst production out there though; all of the parts are listenable and distinguishable, and the vocalist is audible. MVTH would be a great band to see live and hear their music in its true form.

Having said that, this is a band who definitely deserves recognition. They have music clips posted on their MySpace page, the CD can be purchased through their record label, and if you are local to the Orlando, FL area, you can check them out live on October 6, 2005 at AKA Lounge.

-Andrea Caruso - Independent Clauses


"Orlando Weekly mention!"

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By Jason Ferguson

Hey, everybody. Just wanted to let everyone know that I love every single band that calls Orlando home. They're all great and wonderful and I can't find any possible reason that they aren't all successful. I don't know what got into me on those occasions when I deigned to express a somewhat critical or – my humblest apologies – negative opinion about musicians who share my area code. Apparently, that's the only way to have any credibility: Just tell people what they want to hear.

Especially when it comes to Band Marino. According to various e-mailers, my brief reference to a set by these guys that "overpromised and underdelivered" was a grave transgression that "raises some serious questions" about my "credibility." Some writers completely misread what I wrote, replacing (in somewhat Freudian fashion) "overpromised and underdelivered" with "overhyped and underplayed," while others were more direct: "I think you should take and shove the pen you wrote with up your butt!!!"

Wow. I guess I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, so I take it all back: Band Marino is fabulous and wonderful and the most creative and imaginative band in Orlando. (Except for all the other wonderful and fabulous bands in Orlando that are all just as great.) Seriously, I think Band Marino's good and heading in the right direction, and I'm glad to see them getting the sort of local attention that results in wildly defensive fans. I still think they've got a little way to go, as their songs are still derivative when they're not immature and their stage presence is condescending when it's not cloying. Just a little more musical focus – and the challenge of an unfriendly audience or two – will make these guys more deserving of their own hype. Hopefully by the time their Oct. 2 show at Back Booth (which will find them on a bill with the Firebird Band and Head of Femur, along with Summerbirds in the Cellar), they'll be proving me wrong.
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MORE LOCAL GOODNESS

Like I was saying, all Orlando bands are the bees' knees. For instance, here on my desk are three new CDs from three really great and tremendously awesome bands. First up, the amazing and incredible self-titled disc from Music Versus the Heart. This disc is the best album of the year. It's more than driving indie rock with a pop sensibility; the driving percussion and reliable bass rhythms provide the groundwork in each song for what becomes a sea of musical harmony provided by the dueling vocalists and the sometimes jangly and melodic, sometimes driving and emotive guitars. The other best album of the year is the Dead Again EP by the RunnAmucks. It's an abrasive fusion of rock & roll, punk and blues combining the influences of the Stooges, Ramones, Black Flag, Nirvana, AC/DC and Roky Erikson (though they don't sound like any of them). The other best album of the year is From the Belly by Shak Nasti. I don't know what it sounds like, because I didn't get a press release from them like I did from the other two bands (how else would I have come up with such amazing descriptions?), but David Schweizer produced it and Sam Rivers and one of the guys from Junkie Rush is on it, and these Shak Nasti guys are all really nice, so I know it's the best album of the year.

OK, seriously, these discs are all good. I hate to use these three bands to make a point, but don't you see how completely useless it would be for me to endlessly (and uncritically) rhapsodize about every single Orlando band? (Or, worse yet, just reprint their press releases.) Just because a band deserves a critical comment or two doesn't make them terrible; criticism isn't "unsupportive," it's merely honest. (And I feel like an idiot for actually having to note that.) If I pointed out that Dead Again was a little sloppy and derivative, does that mean that it's any less rockin'? If I note that Shak Nasti put too much noodle in their funk-jazz stew for my taste, does that mean that they don't deserve to live in Orlando? If someone e-mails me to tell me that "the Orlando Weekly needs to get rid of" me because I pointed out a flaw in their favorite band, does that mean that I should be on the next train out of town? No. It means I'm doing my job. - Orlando Weekly


Discography

DIY EP in 2003 (under the name Charlemagne) and a full-length on Sorry For the Memories Records in 2005.

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Bio

Music Versus the Heart has been playing its particular brand of unpopular music since 2001 and has collectively gone through a lot of crap in the past 5 years as a band and that’s made us want to give up many times over but somehow we all still come back together for the love of art and release we believe we make. None of us are rich or boastful so you won’t find us buying or talking our way into big shows with great bands, nope your most likely going to find us playing our hearts out for a few people on a Monday night or Sunday afternoon at some dive or sports-bar you’ve never heard of and would never go to.

The band collectively loves 90’s alternative rock and post-punk and draws heavy influence by bands that people used to really love but have long since forgotten because they broke up or are dead. Its been said by Impact Press that we are a “melodic rock band that makes their songs just catchy enough without over doing it” and about our last album that “between the harmonies and guitar hooks, this disc is one that will be hard to put down.”

We are the epitome of anti-popular and that’s either because we just aren’t talented enough yet or we just haven’t caught a break and instead hit every bump in the road with 4 flat tires for members, in which case we would be perfect for the anti-pop fest.

Today you decide.

Music Versus the Heart