The Sanguine
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The Sanguine

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The best kept secret in music


"Big Compaq and The Sanguine"

After an early demo and a follow-up EP, Bear is the first official full-length release from The Sanguine, a Boston-area band with ties to the Seacoast. The group was formed in the winter of 2003 by guitarist/singer Shane O'Connor and drummer Andrew Maher. On their new album, bassist Kevin Ennis rounds out the band. Taking cues from guitar-based experimental rock bands like Karate and Fugazi, the Sanguine stitch predominantly soft, careful melodies across quietly-recorded drums. O'Connor delivers his impressionistic lyrics with a vaguely operatic, vaguely gothic, and vaguely British style. Unlike many other bands that play this type of music, The Sanguine don't seem to have an interest in epic drama (almost all of Bear's 11 songs are over in less than three minutes), favoring instead brief, poem-like compositions that quickly bud, blossom and fade. - Chris Greiner


Let It Go/ Self Released Fall 2006
Bear- Full Length / Ramen Factory Records 2006
The Virginity EP / Self Released 2004
Winter Recordings EP/ Self Released 2003


Feeling a bit camera shy


A Bear is a beast. A Bear will kill you. A Bear is feminine. A Bear is an obstacle in the American journey. It is for these attributes that The Sanguine titled their first full-length record, and a portion of their lives; Bear. These are songs about the people that we know and how they interacted with the environment that they were blessed with, specifically the cold and harsh New England landscape.
In the fall of 2005, with a variety of lineup changes and typical indie rock band drama The Sanguine reemerged with a new sound, and a new take on the template of the New England experience. The Sanguine shed the constraints of slow core and understated production. The new Sanguine was fast, danceable, and rough. This new era has been compared to the early works of Modest Mouse, Cursive, and Karate.
In a time when the internet allows for any band to present themselves as if they are seasoned in rock and roll, The Sanguine takes pride in a true DIY route. This band plays its best in dirty basements, illegal art spaces, and VFW halls. This is where young, excited and emotionally responsive people can appreciate a band like The Sanguine. The New wave of rock and roll will no longer take place in expensive cities and huge clubs, but rather in forgotten suburbs where people are still hungry for something real.