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Downtime

by Millicent Friendly

Melodic Rock Alternative. Heavy drums and guitars w/ 3 part harmonies and hooks for days. Chris Machart - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboard, Kenny Eakin - Guitars, Vocals, Peter Wilkins - Bass Guitar, John Solis - Drums, Percussion
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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1. Poison Ivy
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2. You
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3. Willow
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4. No Good
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5. Timid Troubadour
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6. Blue Screen Lament
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7. Panic Attack
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8. Bete Noire
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9. Before I Go
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10. Sara
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11. Happy Ever After
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12. Empty Nest
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Millicent Friendly's music is born of an intricate relationship between powerful songwriting, deeply affecting lyrics, and the skillful, innovative interplay of heavy and melodic musicianship. The band members, brought together as friends and collaborators over the years by their common interests in music, have emerged, newly formed, onto the Dallas music scene. As songwriters, their years of musical journeymanship have resulted in new songs that are steeped in precision and craft. Rich both in chord structure and melody, these songs hinge on everything from retro pop stylings to heavier rock, and often approach musical organization in manners and modes that have been all but forgotten in recent years. Millicent Friendly's songs burn with passionate innovations, with graceful stylistic overtones, and with a lyrical unwillingness to turn away from even the darkest concerns of the human heart.

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Whit

Millicent Friendly produce big hooks and bigger goose bumps on Downtime
Dallas, Texas pop-rockers MILLICENT FRIENDLY produce big hooks and bigger goose bumps on "Downtime". Super melodic songs with shiny vocals are the order of fare available to anyone who happens upon this extremely smart, extremely addicting release. Think Sugarbomb, Jellyfish, The Tories, Evelyn Forever, Star Collector, etc. We're not sure how Power Pop gets much better than this.
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Kate Mackley - Staff Writer/Photographer for TexasGigs.com

Willow = "Most Infectious Song for 2005"
"Most Infectious Song for 2005
'Willow' by Millicent Friendly. and now it’s stuck in my head, again." - Kate Mackley
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Andrew Johnstone

Pick of the Week – Millicent Friendly
At some point in time someone said to me that progressive rock, post rock and all that jazz was the only music worth listening to because those guys were breaking new ground and expanding the horizons of music as we know it.

This statement is what we on the East Coast like to call horse s***.

Millicent Friendly comes to you without the fluff, without the groundbreaking technological feats and mind bending guitar virtuosity, minus the revolutionary sonic explosion one might (for some reason) expect from my pick of the week. Millicent Friendly will not change rock n’ roll…guess what? I don’t care and neither should you.

Nowhere is it written that good music has to change the world and nowhere is there a finer example than these boys right here. Absolutely solid, amazing, toe tapping pop/rock goodness that demands to break out of the Dallas scene and be heard on radio stations nation wide, not just mine.

“Poison Ivy” is a perfect example of how a wah-wah pedal can sound freaking awesome. As an owner of a Cry Baby, I am a big fan of that sound, and I’ve got to say it is really sweet in this song. Everything about this song is such an awesome rock song; it’s got everything from distorted guitar solos and that kick-snare-crash combo that made the 1990s such a sweet time for rhythm sections.

“Bete Noire” and “Before I Go” are perfect representations of Millicent Friendly’s greatest strength; awesome lyrical word play. “It’s the thorn in my side I’ll confide/When the bane of my life won’t abide/ foolish lips don’t know when to quit/ and when they do you’re all left by yourself “,ok, maybe not the greatest lyric ever written, but it always strikes me as a really solid line, added to the “wukka wukka” noise on the guitar… you can’t beat this stuff people. Meanwhile have you ever tried to rhyme a word with war? What are your choices? Door, core, more, pour….troubadour? I’ll think we’ll take that last one thank you.

In addition to that, half way through the album you get treated to a song dedicated to the evil that is the “blue screen of death” that’s an incredible pop culture reference and really shows off the wit (or geekyness?) of the band who, as I said before, does some fine word play throughout the album.

When rock n’ roll was founded it was created for the purpose of entertainment, namely dancing and sex. Millicent Friendly brings the fun back into rock with maybe a little less of the sex (though Chris Machart is pretty hot…). This band is good, it’s pretty simple really, and if you enjoy distortion, good drum beats/bass lines and sing-along lyrics you should check them out and go get Downtime, a CD I think was designed almost entirely for the purpose of picking it out and jamming while cruising the strip.
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Scott Sherwood

MASTERFUL AND TIMELESS MUSIC WITH CATCHY MELODIES AND HOOKS GALORE
Downtime is the result of what happens when a brilliant composer with a truly 'Fab' voice, Chris Machart, surrounds himself with the 'best of' talent from a state the size of Texas.


I first heard of 'Millicent Friendly' and cuts from 'Downtime' when I came across a music website where the board is chaired by none other than "the fifth Beatle", Sir George Martin. That site is known for its 'battle of the songs' competitions, including songs sung by artists like Bo Bice, from American Idol. Well each of the Downtime songs is rated the same or higher than each of Bo's songs in the competition. And its no fluke.

The album starts off with 'Poison Ivy' a hook filled rock song that is currently in the top 10 ALL-TIME of over 16,000 songs in that battle of the songs website.

Other highlights are 'You', a straight up rock song with a beat that grabs your lazy ass off the bar stool and onto the dance floor. 'Willow', an upbeat song about a girl that's “wears a barb wire hallow.” and 'Happy Ever After,' with one more of Downtime's trademark lead guitar breaks and beautiful harmonies.

Then there's the hauntingly beautiful 'No Good.' With great lyrics like “need me like you need a lethal plague”, Machart paints a picture like Van Gogh with two ears.

'Bete Noire' will have you scrambling to your dictionary, than scrambling back to your cd player to hear this amazing song with its amazing chorus, while Timid Troubadour is a medium tempo number that has you singing along on the second play...and fitting in the phrase “none in a million” in your every day conversations.

Another highlight is 'Panic Attack.' Perhaps one of the most perfectly constructed numbers one will ever hear. This song has been getting major airplay already, and for good reason. One more example of Machart's knack for writing intricate chord changes, driving beats, catchy melodies and picture perfect lyrics.

Downtime is that rare collection of songs by a rising artist that has you knowing you'll be seeing them hit the big time soon enough. This is the one cd that stays in position 1 of my 6 song cd changer and makes me glad that cd's don't wear out.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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Matt Smith

Joining A Fan Club
Close your eyes and you could be listening to Jellyfish reformed. That's not to say it's a tribute album, it's just got all those big pedal note choruses and three-part harmonies and big rock feel that made Jellyfish so brilliant. A great album.
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