(2008) When Skies Wash Ashore

Straight Line Stitch

... read moreAlthough Knoxville's Straight Line Stitch could trace their origins back through various configurations to about 1999, it's easy to tell why the group thinks of itself as having been formed in a real sense when Alexis Brown arrived as lead singer. On When Skies Wash Ashore, the band's national debut...

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38′:42″ 10 Songs

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Straight Line Stitch
Never See The Day
3:06
2
Straight Line Stitch
Promise Me
3:22
3
Straight Line Stitch
Taste Of Ashes
4:13
4
Straight Line Stitch
Eucharist
3:50
5
Straight Line Stitch
Black Veil
3:14
6
Straight Line Stitch
Adult Cinema
4:05
7
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What You Do To Me
3:47
8
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Seneca Tragedy
3:38
9
Straight Line Stitch
World Made Flesh
4:50
10
Straight Line Stitch
Yesterday's Gone
4:37
Released 19 August 2008, KOCH RECORDS

Review

Although Knoxville's Straight Line Stitch could trace their origins back through various configurations to about 1999, it's easy to tell why the group thinks of itself as having been formed in a real sense when Alexis Brown arrived as lead singer. On When Skies Wash Ashore, the band's national debut, inaugurating the Raging Nation Records imprint through KOCH, Brown makes an immediate impression by alternating two voices, a "normal," if impassioned, singing voice and the kind of ungodly howl typical of heavy metal groups. She isn't the only heavy metal vocalist to veer back and forth between screaming and singing, of course, but, in part because she's a woman in a genre dominated by men and in part because of the distinctiveness of her singing voice, the dichotomy is particularly striking. It's like an aural version of Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, as if the vocalist is switching back and forth schizophrenically and uncontrollably from human to monster. The band's instrumentalists -- guitarists Seth Thacker and Pat Pattison, bassist Jason White, and drummer Patrick Haynes -- support that vocal battle royal with music that similarly alternates between pummeling metal and melodic hard rock. But it's Brown who really catches the ear. And on the concluding track, "Yesterday's Gone," which she sings accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, she demonstrates that she can still get her feelings across in a quieter context. ~ William Ruhlmann