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Porno Church of the Ugly man
September 2000
Released: 2000, Independent
Rating: 0.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

What do I say about this CD. I have had this a few months and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. When I got it the pictures of the band on the cover led me to believe that these were the next mallcore flavour of the month. That wasn’t the case. What they are is just very simplistic rock. Kanary consists of Leslie Knauer (ex-Precious Metal) vocals and guitar, Mary Kay: bass and Tony Matteucci on the drumstool. Porno Church of the Ugly Man is the second release from Kanary.

The CD is 12 songs of poppy rock. I can’t explain it any other way. The songs deal with sex, depression and a number of other topics. "After" kicks off the CD with a very subdued rock feel. Knauer actually sings pretty good on this track. It’s a decently catchy tune. "Excuse Me, Pardon Me" is up next and reminds me of something that would be playing in the background of an about to be cancelled television sitcom when everyone is running around with the film speeded up to 3 times the normal rate. I would like to say that things get better from here on out but I would be lying. Kanary prance through such songs as "Its not Easy To Be Me", "Hullabaloo House" and "Moose and Squirrel". The only other track that caught my ear was "Party At My House" which is very laid back but kind of catchy.

What audience Kanary are hoping to reach with this release is beyond me. They definitely aren’t going for the metal or mallcore crowd. The music is too laid back and mellow. The production is thin and tinny and the songs have no hooks to make them the least bit memorable. Knauer has a good voice when she wants to use it but only on "After" does she let her raspy growl out. Kanary need a lot of work before they will make a splash in any market.
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