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The Strychnine

by Sinch

Alternative hard rock. Sinch's first independent full length album from 1996.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The New Echo
3:04 $0.99
2. Dirty
2:24 $0.99
3. He Comes Down
3:05 $0.99
4. Beverly
3:01 $0.99
5. Strych9
2:11 $0.99
6. Captain Salty
3:08 $0.99
7. Shapeshifter
2:19 $0.99
8. Apathetic Urge
4:36 $0.99
9. Bleed
9:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Release notes:

Only 1000 copies of this album were ever printed and several hundred have been lost or destroyed, so there are only around 800 or so copies in existence. Most of those were sold a long time ago.

We recently found a box that we didn't know we had so we're making them available for a limited time (they'll probably sell out pretty fast). For a lot of people these are collector's items so we are selling them at a slightly higher price.

If you don't want to pay this price we will be releasing an updated (and cheaper) version once the originals sell out. The updated version will possibly include a couple bonus tracks and updated album art. If you'd like to be notified when a new version is available, please sign up for our mailing list (http://www.sinch.net/mailing_list)

Album credits:

Produced by Russ Myers, Dan Ward and Sinch
Recorded at Creation Station in Philadelphia in 1996.
Originally released in August 1996.


"Other people’s music is my biggest inspiration" Sinch drummer Dan McFarland says, "and I just want to create something that affects other people in the same way that the music I listen to affects me." This pretty much sums up what Sinch has been doing in vocalist Jamie Stem’s parents garage since their humble beginnings in 1994. It’s no surprise that four bored, white suburban kids might decide to start a band in high school, maybe play a few “gigs”, maybe even stick together for a few years and try to make it in the “big city”. Despite hitting a myriad of roadblocks along the way, the group has remained completely intact for the past ten years and continues their pursuit of a dream that never seems to die.

Sinch consists of five essential members that come together to create and construct music from their collective experiences. They seem to interpret feelings and emotions in such a way that it comes out through their pores when they play. From guitarist Tony Lannutti’s dark ominous guitar tones, to Jamie Stem’s ability to switch, with ease, from soft passionate melodies into taut unnatural screams, the band creeps its way into explosions when performing. With Mike Abramson’s driving bass lines and Dan McFarland's intricate drumming providing the engine and fuel, there is just something special about this band that you can’t quite put your finger on, and maybe don’t want to.

Anchored in the Philadelphia suburbs Sinch’s popularity has grown year after year and in 2001 it became impossible for record labels to ignore their success. Sinch soon signed on with Roadrunner Records and began recording their self titled debut album with Malcolm Springer (Saliva, Fear Factory, Matchbox 20), a producer known well for his capacity to make an incredible record. This artist/ producer combination proved to be quite powerful and soon after completion of the record their first single "Something More" was released to the airwaves of radio stations worldwide. With no expectations and every ounce of hope Sinch was able to witness their message spread globally. "Something More" became one of the top 100 active rock singles of the year in 2002, and Sinch’s self titled album had one of the best first week of sales in Roadrunner Records debut release history.

They have toured all over the country and shared the stage with such acts as Linkin Park, P.O.D., Seether, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Rob Zombie, Nickleback, Jerry Cantrell, Sevendust, Filter, Korn, Trapt, and Hatebreed. Even with all that and a video on MTV to boot, there is an element of Sinch that remains in the shadows until you actually see them perform for yourself. Armed with an Ocular Noise Machine and a hard drive full of CNN footage and odd visual loops (like Osama Bin Laden morphing into Jesus morphing into Hillary Clinton, and so on) Sinch’s fifth member Jay Smith, edits and cuts at breakneck speed on stage, playing alongside the band, sweating out each and every loop of video brilliance. His contribution is essentially unexplainable, you really have to be there to see for yourself the connections between the images, the lyrics, and the sound to completely understand what Sinch is.

After ten years of the same line up of players Sinch has progressed beyond the boundaries of tradition and formed a creative brotherhood that is not only apparent on stage, but also within their every note. There are no choreographed antics or rehearsed speeches, just five guys operating on a different plane than any band I’ve ever seen. Taking chances and mixing innovation with tradition, the Sinch boys have been dubbed the "brothers of invention" by Philadelphia Weekly and continue to evolve their already intriguing live show with each and every performance. With a new album (Clearing The Channel) recorded with Drew Mazurek (Gwar, HIM, Linkin Park out on Rock Ridge Music (March 2005), Sinch continues to release great and innovative music for their world wide listeners while touring and writing. The video for "All That's Left Behind" was a featured daily download on iFilm and Fuse TV and the song Identity Theft was one of the top 5 downloads on StereoKiller.com. With their sights set on touring in the upcoming year and releasing several digital EP’s as well as a DVD, Sinch has proven to be one of the most dedicated and self motivated bands in the music business.



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Strychnine sounds very Pearl Jamish which is not necessarily a bad thing. However they've now developed their own style which is evident on the excellent Sinch and Clearing The Channel


a great start for a great band
the cd is great..... a solid album from the new echo straight through to bleed. the best song is strych9. fucking great track. definatly worth getting hold off a copy.


Fantastic album from a fantastic band. It's heavier than their most recent attempts but that aint a bad thing. Highly recommended