Six Gallery
Breakthroughs in Modern Art


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Review

by Against Miik! USER (6 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2010 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An epic debut from a musical tour de force, Six Gallery's Breakthroughs in Modern Art holds its own right next to contemporaries such as Minus the Bear

I will start off this review by admitting my bias. I first heard about this band from the man who taught the prolific lead guitarist Will Vokac how to play. Since seeing Six Gallery perform in Athens, Ohio this fall, where they got their got start, Breakthroughs in Modern Art has become one of my desert island albums. This isn’t without good reason, however.

Prior to releasing this debut LP, Six Gallery released two EPs as an instrumental band, allowing the tumultuous two handed tapping of guitarists Vokac and Ben Schreiber to shine. This has not changed with the release of the LP, but they now have to share the limelight with the recent addition of vocalist Daniel Francis. This new element has essentially created an entirely new band, combing sounds reminiscent of contemporaries Minus the Bear and Maps & Atlases, as well as the vocal styling’s of Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green.

You can very easily imagine how this band would succeed simply as an instrumental act. Vokac plays like a man possessed, often leading you to wondering how he is doing it with just two hands. The guitars are always present and always awe-inspiring, but never cheesy. Every note seems like it is being played for a reason, and seeing this done live, you understand even better that there are no wasted motions. Everything flows perfectly into what can only be described as a musical Shangri-la. Others attempting to create what Six Gallery does might be described as gaudy, perhaps pretentious. They do in fact seem to be screaming “Look at us. We can play guitar”. And you will find yourself pleasantly responding “I know. Now shut up and let me listen”.

Bassist Alex Weinhardt and drummer Benji Miller are often forced to take a back seat, but this is meant in no way to diminish their skills, as they provide a both pleasing and necessary backdrop to the crescendos plastered throughout the album. They help turn what might otherwise seem like chaos into catchy hooks that will keep you coming back for more. Which brings me to the vocals. Spectacular in their own right on the EPs, vocalist Daniel Francis is the best thing that could have happened to Six Gallery, transforming them from a talented group of musicians into a coherent and competent musical force. I likened him earlier to Anthony Green, and this is in no way a stretch, as he brings both the talent and passion heard on all of Green’s projects. At times he helps to provide an interesting dichotomy of emotions, musically grand and vocally heartfelt, and at others it is just epic on top of epic.

After the very first track, you can’t help but wonder why Six Gallery isn't mentioned in the same sentence as Minus the Bear and Circa Survive. A recent signing to Superball music, home to well known acts Oceansize and …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead might change this. Six Gallery has landed a spot on the 2010 incarnation of SXSW, which will be followed shortly by a release of this masterful album on March 23rd.



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Against Miik!
February 22nd 2010


215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The album is being re-released on March 23rd, but has been out independently since the summer, and I purchased it legitimately from the band.

If they peak your interest let me know and I'll send you another track or two, since only 2 are on their myspace.

PuddlesPuddles
February 22nd 2010


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bias = awesome

good review, will check out

JokesorInsults
February 22nd 2010


244 Comments


I can't find this anywhere, and that's pretty gay, 'cause the 2 songs on myspace are pretty ballin'.

Against Miik!
February 22nd 2010


215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.mediafire.com/?zzmznzklozy

Heres a link to two more songs off the album. If this isn't kosher a mod can let me know.

Wheresmyhead
March 26th 2010


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really digging this, but does anybody know the name of this song by them?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHSy7gJZ0yQ, I looked through their myspace, and it's not on the album, but it's friggin amazing.

electrickeye
June 3rd 2010


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is excellent... the guitar bit at the end of the last track just blew my mind.

SeaAnemone
June 25th 2010


20534 Comments


what the hell is this i need it

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

EasternLight
July 26th 2010


2700 Comments


sputnikmusic, get this. shit is pure gold.

EDIT: in a really really good way

henryChinaski
August 5th 2010


2794 Comments


holy shit just took notice of this band. pure awesomeness. i need this album!

Digging: Empires - Orphan

MeatSalad
August 22nd 2010


14640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh man

dat guitar playing.

This is so far one of my favorite releases of 2010.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Skimaskcheck
September 8th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is sweet yaaaaaa

instantradical
September 9th 2010


214 Comments


This record is way way cool. Definitely my kind of stuff.

qwer7yfreak
November 15th 2010


486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this is pretty amazing.

OrganDonor
November 16th 2010


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bermuda Triangles is fuckin sweet

PlayCrackSky
November 16th 2010


207 Comments


This sounds like American Football.

sollopsist
November 18th 2010


181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, they're apparently on indefinite hiatus now.

mmfarva
November 18th 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, they're working on new music now. Just need a frontman.

sollopsist
November 18th 2010


181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank god. Their singer left though?

Against Miik!
November 19th 2010


215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes but they got a new one

ruco
November 20th 2010


4 Comments


Edie and The Marble Faun is amazing. I love this guys voice. The technical guitar parts are nice but honestly secondary. If they focused on making these songs more tuneful, while keeping with the changing dynamics, this would be great. A Live Nativity Scene and the beginning of Honestly, Really? are quite good. If only they dropped all these boring technical sections that make for crap vocal melodies.



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