Inviolet Row/Consolation Prizes Inviolet Row reminds me most, actually, of the Church - that legendary Aussie band who never really achieved the kind of success in the Northern Hemisphere that their countrymen INXS and Midnight Oil did, despite being scads better than either of those bands, which were pretty damn good in their own right. Front man Lee Scrivner's lyrics are just as lovely and often as obscure as those of Steve Kilbey, the Church's lead singer and bassist. Scrivner told me that they'd been mixing and producing Consolation Prizes for months. Any band given that amount of time to play around with the music inevitably gets it's Pink Floyd on: weird chorus effects, strange strings and Jim Steinman backing vocals. Pretentiousness is not always a bad thing ... Too many bands these days want to be Radiohead, and most of them have neither the talent nor the wit to do so. Inviolet Row isn't Radiohead - but they could be, someday, and they're probably the closest thing we have out here in the Great Neon Golgotha [Las Vegas].
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