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Monday, 5 August 2013

CHRISTIANSEN

This post's artist is from the July 2013 Mix. This is track #3.

BandCHRISTIANSEN
GenresRock / Post-Punk / Math-Rock /
Related artistsYour Highness Electric and National Acrobat.
Country: Kentucky, USA
Years Active: 1999-2003 and then changed to Your Highness Electric.
Song: "All Expands To Explode"
Album: "Emphasizing Function Over Design"
Year: 2001
For fans of: At The Drive In, The Mars Volta, Choke, Face Tomorrow, Encrypt Manuscript and Cave In.

CHRISTIANSEN started off as a twinkly late-90s emo band. If you've heard the soft and sappy stuff seeping out of this time in punk, just skip the band's first ep 'Above Lunar Missions'.

In 2000 they began coming into their own - most likely due to a severe At The Drive In addiction. This is why the band appealed to me. During my 2nd year of university I was looking for anything that even remotely sounded like ATDI - Face Tomorrow and Encrypt Manuscript could only partially fill the void, luckily CHRISTIANSEN upped the ante - and incorporated a more groovin' sound and a very talented vocalist (at least at that point during Cedric Baxler's career - as he didn't acquire a proper singing voice until 'Deloused In The Comatorium', in my opinion). So, in 2001 CHRISTIANSEN released 'Emphasizing Function Over Design' which hinted at the direction the band was searching for. Check out "My Friends Remixed From Death" and the fantastic "All Expands To Explode" for prime examples.

This is where shit gets real. The 'Forensics Brothers and Sisters!' ep is probably the band's most consistent record, but their final output, 'Stylish Nihilists' comes pretty damn close. I digress. "Jhazz Never Spelled So Good" is awkward yet catchy, obtuse yet smooth - just like the second track, which has some very jerky stops and starts (not unlike Choke), but "Portable Museums" gives listeners a much harder and aggressive ditty before delving into some 'Relationship Of Command' tracks, "Let Us Now Die Famous Men"and "Transistorized Landscapes".

On their final release, 'Stylish Nihilists', CHRISTIANSEN opted for massively epic songs - and left the ATDI worship and mathy time structures in the past. Instead, they followed a much more standard verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge approach and combined that with something that's not stadium-rock riffing, but it's not far off. This album really shows the band for what they were - progressive post-hardcore dudes that initially grew up on punk and emo who ended up playing giant heavy rock anthems.

Some interesting notes. The guitarist/vocalist looked just like Sammy Hagar - but more importantly, their bass player is one of my top 5 bassists - no doubt. That guy was able to tie everything together with some of the most original and catchy bass riffs in rock music. CHRISTIANSEN were pretty quiet while they were around and only seemed to turn a few heads. Two of those were mine. Ha.

Their next incarnation continued to follow Baxler/Rodriguez from The Mars Volta - as the band changed their name to Your Highness Electric and released some stuff I have yet to find, but the single I heard was alright.
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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download  CHRISTIANSEN's complete discography in mp3 form.

1999 - Above Lunar Emissions cdep

2001 - Emphasizing Function Over Design cdLP

2002 - Forensics Brothers and Sisters cdep

2003 - Stylish Nihilists cdLP
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These are listed chronologically, so remember, the first link is the band's OLDER MATERIAL!!!
youtube )))))embedded audio((((( links

(2001) CHRISTIANSEN - "All Expands to Explode" (from 'Emphasizing Function Over Design' cd)

(2002) CHRISTIANSEN - "Portable Museums" (from 'Forensics Brothers and Sisters' cd)

(2003) CHRISTIANSEN - "" (from 'Stylish Nihilists' cd)

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CHRISTIANSEN out-of-print discography mp3 download

11 comments:

  1. hello we are elfindelmundo( the end of the world) from spain.
    how could we contact with you??
    You can listen us in
    http://elfindelmundo.bandcamp.com we play 90 emo/post hardcore/ intense indie jejeje
    please write me back
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  2. Any chance you could reup the Christiansen discography? I'd appreciate it a lot. I've been searching for Above Lunar Emissions forever, but it looks like the file expired. Thanks!

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    1. There you are, good sir/ma'am.

      http://www36.zippyshare.com/v/16784452/file.html

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    2. Thanks a ton, man! You've put about 6 or 7 years of searching to rest.

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  3. Hey,
    Same question about a possible reup here - would really appreciate that!

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    1. Re-upped here!
      https://mega.co.nz/#!Jd8g2AiJ!WCb0vtrE-jx_YI1AKtqiFYI5aVah0CqOYp5TqqZBGrU

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    2. Thank you very much!! :-)

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  4. Hi. I hate to say it but would you mind re-uploading discography?

    God bless you.

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    1. It's still up here:
      https://mega.nz/#!0dUWhYSI!WCb0vtrE-jx_YI1AKtqiFYI5aVah0CqOYp5TqqZBGrU

      Science bless me, indeed.

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    2. Yeah, it seems like God doesn't work in such way.

      Last time I clicked on mega's link it told me that either file was invalid, I reckon...

      Well, thanks anyway.

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    3. I tried it and it worked so give it another shot.

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