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Misfortune 500

by Misfortune 500

Finely honed pop-rock songcraft with iconoclastic indie-bred touches that varies from earnest mid-tempo revelations to speedy, memory-adhesive romps but never forgets those big, big hooks.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sad Song
2:58 album only
2. We're The Same
3:43 album only
3. I've Changed
4:40 album only
4. The Letter
3:08 album only
5. Lottie's Daughter
3:01 album only
6. Let Me Sing The Praises Of Loneliness
5:11 album only


Album Notes
With just a year under their rock belt, Misfortune 500 has developed their crafty alt-pop sound with a knack for good songwriting and a flare for hooks. The proof is in their debut six-song CD, Misfortune 500.

The sound is simple. Big hooks, creative harmonies, a solid rhythm section and three complimentary guitars weaving through the pop/rock format. It rocks. It lays back. It demands sing-a-longs. It makes you move. MF500 is not afraid to be quirky, or straight-ahead. And they welcome diversity.

Coming together from various other Florida-based bands, the members of MF500 bring a wealth of songwriting and performance experience making them worthy of the 'supergroup' tag placed on them early-on. John McNicholas (guitar, vocals), Marcus McCord (guitar, vocals), Martin Rice (bass, vocals), Chris Skogen (guitar, vocals) and Brett Sherman (drums) had all been friends prior, but ultimately came together musically in Misfortune 500. With four songwriters, the initial goal was to write and record right away. The band quickly wrote ten songs and recorded six songs, self-engineered and produced in Chris' home studio. With a dozen new songs since, MF500 is already recording again, preparing songs for their upcoming full-length CD.

Contact the band at: themisfortune500band@hotmail.com



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Focus Magazine

Misfortune 500 CD Review
No doubt, this is one of the most sonically-powerful and melodically-faultless discs to be released from this city. And it should be. If you missed last weeks cover story, Misfortune 500 combine a handful of the Bay Area's top shelf players into one colossal (tho self-effacing) pop band. If the half-dozen tunes here represent what these vets (Spiller, Brainiac's Daughter) can glom together on short notice, we're in for a long, long reign when they finally get their gray matter together. In one big freakin' sonic overload (where the sign above reads: More IS Better), M500 generate tight, percision-oriented pop litanies that spring straight from the soul. While song craft tends to be the major duty here, the band's ability to render these tunes with the offhand flourishes and cleaver twists flies in the face of the bands that now prefer the down 'n dirty. It's not math rock, but here's the algebra anyway: count 'em four-part harmonies that break off into roundabout twos and threes; a unique triple-axe mesh where complimentary guitar parts are just as effective as the primary melody lines; immeasurable hooks; countless melodic curves. Add a smattering of tasty keyboards and a drummer who doesn't believe he's the star of the whole shebang, and the quotient is pure, homogeneous pop. Between the diversity of the sugary, Cars-like synth line of "Sad Song," the melancholy hard-edge of "I've Changed," or the nervous flux of "Let Me Sing the Praises of Loneliness," M500's tunes are vital and virtuous in a pop-punk that's often gone astray. Their '02 full-length ought to give you more reason to live.

Weekly Planet

In The Company Of Misfortune500
...Their debut CD provides ample justification. Misfortune500 is mature, ambitious and remarkably complete. McNicholas, Rice and McCord take turns leading the band through six tracks that embellish finely honed pop-rock songcraft with iconoclastic indie-bred touches, from earnest mid-tempo revelations to speedy, memory-adhesive romps. Skogen's homespun production is thick and lively, thanks to the harmonious three-guitar interplay, but the distortion never overrides those big, big hooks.

Fans of intelligent pop from Superdrag to Sloan will find something to sing along with, and local pundits looking for something that finally covers that glaring bald patch between too-predictable jangle and the emo scene can rejoice. Misfortune500's only, er, shortcoming lies in its brevity (that's a song a month in the studio, dudes); otherwise, the disc is an eminently listenable example of what can happen when talented musicians get together and shun both genre and trend in an attempt to create something that makes them smile. ..