Dedicated to the memory of Don Van Vliet, and Tracy Wright.
"The husband-and-wife-Halifax based Jack E Stanley and Ry N Stanley first met as 21 year-olds and have been making mad passionate music together for seven years now. The Madness of Crowds delicately balances the yin and yang of Cursed Arrows. On one hand, they’re beating the shit out of the drums and making their guitars bleed, and on the other they layer poetic, almost tribal lyrics over top all the noise like only two people in love can do. "
~Quick Before It Melts (Canada)
"A great record that mixes equal parts even-keeled observation of the world around us, with gritty, bluesy rock & roll."
"I was reminded as the sound filled our ears like a sandstorm how much this reminded me of PJ Harvey (the band has, fittingly, covered “Rid of Me”), or Patti Smith, or maybe even more appropriately the Israeli co-ed duo Carusella as although the woman in front of us sang more lead (as she played drums!), the man sang as well. They harmonized well when needed as on the strangely beautiful “Strip Joint Roundabout,” an oasis, to stretch the metaphor, of jangly pop in the midst of the blooze-rock bluster. But here they were like angels, these Cursed Arrows, here to show us the way."
~Critical Masses (US)
"There’s something eerily prescient about Cursed Arrows’ third full-length album The Madness of Crowds...The album addresses themes of violence and desolation, environmental degradation and the search for meaning within the unrest and chaos. The triumph of this album, however, is that it’s never mired in despair. These songs move and cajole us and then explode with stunning and impossibly vital grooves. This is the triumph of The Madness of Crowds---it’s heavy but never heavy-handed."
~The Coast (Canada)
"Cursed Arrows’ album “The Madness of Crowds” is filthy. But I think that’s the idea. Eight tracks of huge, gritty rock chug by like a lurching freight train. The guitar is huge. The drums are huge. The lyrics are, you guessed it, huge. There is little subtlety, little virtuosity, no showing off and no respite to be found on this album. Sometimes, however, big, loud and hard do the trick...These lyrics lean toward non-linear, surreal pastiche. A lot of the songs are composed of random declarative statements, variations on a vague theme. They’re mostly dark and mostly left-leaning. There are allusions to individualism, environmentalism, anti-war and anti-capitalist sentiments, natural disasters, ancient wisdom and honey-dripping tongues. Among other things. Jesus is mentioned repeatedly in a song called “Strip Joint Roundabout.”
released April 5, 2011
All songs by Cursed Arrows, 2011 SOCAN.
(except hidden bonus track)
Jack E Stanley - Vocals, Drums, Guitars on tracks 1,4,5,8
Ry N Stanley - Guitars, Vocals, Drums on track 8
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Cursed Arrows, 2010.
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