"Run Forever comes out swinging like an underdog heavyweight fighter, knowing there is only one chance to grab the spotlight and like Little Mac they shock us all and connect square on the jaw. "
"Cursed Arrows deliver a dense serving of post-grunge that hits hard but also pleases with boy/girl harmonies and strong melodies. Over 10 songs, the husband/wife duo run through a score of early 90s reference points – a hint of Pixies, a dash of Melvins, a heavy dollop of Nirvana – but sound surprisingly fresh in the process. Alternating between beautifully sinister power chords and nuanced rhythm patterns, the album squeezes ample variety from just two instruments. The title track, for instance, crams more riffs into four and a half minutes than can be reasonably counted."
~NOW Magazine (Canada)
"A name tweak and a shot of adrenaline are welcome in the second offering from one of Canada's best fresh rock bands. Telepathic High Five finds Guelph's thunderous twosome adding "Cursed" to the formerly lonesome "Arrows" of their moniker, likewise expanding their sound into a more sprawling, grinding, exploratory beast. Sludgy slabs of dissonant, augmented power chords lead a blazing charge of pummelling drum work and vocal harmonies threatening to tear with passion with each climax. Even in tender moments like swinging pseudo-power ballad "Deep Wounds" there's a fierce urgency and refusal to play it safe in the band's entire delivery that make them eminently engaging. To try to define this music as post-rock, progressive grunge, new wave grind punk or something similarly ridiculous and loosely compartmentalizing is missing the point. Telepathic High Five is evolved rock music demonstrating the restless spirit of artists who take their message as seriously as the rest of their craft, and that's a recipe for timeless songwriting. Highly recommended rock with brains, balls and ovaries."
"Yet another male/female two-piece with driving, blues-leaning tunes. It’s hard to fault anyone for thinking that when listening to Telepathic High Five, the latest from Cursed Arrows. After all, the opening track, “Run Forever”, manages to encompass the stoned-groove of Z-era My Morning Jacket with the legitimate fury of the White Stripes, while still adding a remarkably adept coat of Canadian paint on. The track clocks in at over six minutes, and the intense wall of noise doesn’t stop of there. Sure, there aren’t heaps of melodies on Telepathic High Five, but what Jackie and Ryan Stanley lose on melody they make up for with dirty, sprawling jams that sound a lot louder than you’d think two people might."
"If you were into Dennis Thompson of the MC5, you're going to fall head-over-heels in love with Jackie Stanley because she schools his ass. It's like that old school Detroit rock where everybody got jazz, blues, and R&B tutelage and then went and joined garage bands (thus fostering the punk and metal yet to come). This woman is drumming all the drum parts that we all wished Dave Grohl had been doing for the past decade, plain and fucking simple."
~Sound Design and Assembly (US)
"Imagine a marvelous song structure combination between Nirvana and The Melvins, the stoney trips of The Flaming Lips, the heaviness of Black Sabbath, the voice of legendary Wendy O. Williams mutated with the L7 lead singer Donita Sparks, powerful, groovy drumming & scratchy, phenomenal, well executed guitar riffs that will get stuck in your mind & you get Cursed Arrows, as simple as that kids, watch out White Stripes there's a new duo in town & they will take your throne."
~Heavy Stoned and Doomed (Puerto Rico)
"Telepathic High Five is an intricate record; I find it difficult to even try to classify their sound; I would say something like post-grunge with suggestions of punk rock albeit it really doesn’t matter, the album is an artsy work of genius. The record consists of 10 tracks that are full of tricky lyrics, complex melodies, and most importantly passion. The words on the opening track “Run Forever” are captivating and intelligent – add to that the ferocious drums and engaging guitar riffs and you have a great rock & roll song that grabs one’s attention instantly. The songs on this record are moody and sinister and while Cursed Arrows is fearless and unbending in their exertion there is also a seriousness about the band that noticeably shows they really value the work they do."
~Delusions of Adequacy (US)
released December 1, 2009
All songs by Cursed Arrows 2009 SOCAN
(except bonus tracks)
Ryan Stanley - Guitar, Vocals
Jackie Stanley - Drums, Vocals
Recorded and mixed by Cursed Arrows 2009.
Mastered by Ryan Mills.
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