August 7, 2008

SEX AND VIOLINS/Sex And Violins (Nightmare/Koch)
by Matt "Louder Than You" Johnson, ManSplat Magazine Issue 42

Swampy glam rock, like bluesy Whitesnake with a soul. And Goddamnit, it's about time someone sprinkled some violin in with their metal. No, I wasn't joking, chimp. If I was the president of music (I don't start until Thursday. After it!), I'd mandate that all guitar players learn the violin. Then I'd force all the raggaeton bands to fight all the Emo bands to the death with scoop shovels and make Gwen Stefani eat the remains. Sex And Violins is playing the pit. Grab a weapon and a beer-it'll be a helluva party!


February 24, 2008

Sex & Violins – “Sex & Violins” Review by Dr. Music (To view online from Dr. Music,
click ~here~.)

Sex and violins; think about those two things for a minute. Sex has got to be the single most desirable physical sensation known to mankind. At its best, it's an intense and intimate ride that ends with every nerve ending screaming in ecstasy. Violins; delicate instruments that need to be caressed gently at times, but also need to be violently stroked occasionally to drive them to dizzying heights. When you think about it, sex and violins are similar in many ways. Here is a band that embraces their name and translates their music to fit the two elements.

Vocalist/bassist Lynn Sorensen reeks of raw sexuality here. Whether he's pumping the neck of his fretless bass during "You've Got Me Addicted" or spewing forth his suave slurs during the verses of "Eva," Sorensen captures the essence of the band name in every breath he takes. It just so happens that Sorensen is the violin player in the band, too. So when he belts out "You run my bow down the small of your back, you're a night at the opera, you're a sheer heart attack" during the chorus of their namesake tune, "Sex & Violins," it's an effective foray into the attitude of the band's music. This chorus also sheds some light upon some of the influences at work here; with "night at the opera" and "sheer heart attack" referencing two classic Queen records.

This is a classic rock record, plain and simple. Sorensen sings with strength and passion, sounding like James "JY" Young of Styx or Ian Astbury of The Cult (especially on "Feelin' Alright"). He also delivers some wicked bass lines throughout the disc. But the buck doesn't stop at Sorensen and his animal magnetism. Drummer Jeff Kathan drives each of these songs with a tight snare snap and a bottom heavy bass drum. He provides a concrete foundation that has Sorensen's bass dancing all over it. And then there's the guitars….Joe Shikany and Ian Crawford give us some heart stopping solo work on tunes like "Eva," "Str8 2 Hell," and "Feelin' Alright," but I think it's their patience that deserves to be noticed. They never attack the song and smother it, but rather let the song come to them. The subtle strings of "Outside Your Door" and "Beyond These City Lights" are played perfectly; and instead of jarring solos, Shikany and Crawford provide the song with more of an atmospheric elegance. These are guitar players that know when to play.

From the hard and heavy sound of songs like "Las Vegas Rocks" and "Str8 2 Hell," to the rap/rock of "Tears Fall Astray," to the sensitive innocence of "How to Love You;" this is just plain fun. It's nothing groundbreaking. They aren't trying to reinvent the wheel or anything. This band is a modern day Van Halen; a good time, party band that just kills instrumentally. I must say, that after hearing of Sorensen's accomplishments with the violin, I did yearn to hear more of his playing when the disc was over. But other than that, I think The Stones put it best when they said, "It's only rock and roll, but I like it."


January 7, 2008

Review from The Atomic Chaser / All Access Magazine

Sex And Violins debut release is a phenomenal piece of work. There are several different musical styles here and the band have pulled off the impressive task of cooking it all up into a flavorful gumbo of sound that you're not likely to mistake for anyone else. At the same time, they have enough rock bottom elements in their music to be accessible to most anyone who stumbles across them. An outstanding debut release by and amazing rock band. SEX and VIOLINS could very well become a force to reckoned with in modern rock. Hats off to Lynn Sorensen and the rest of the band, for one hell of an amazing job! - The Atomic Chaser, THE DRP/All Access Magazine


August 2007

In Sin City, sex sells and the hit that creates the long awaited new Vegas Anthem in "Las Vegas Rocks" cannot be ignored.

With tunes like "I'm On Fire," "Feelin' Alright" and "You've Got Me Addicted," Sex And Violins gives us the best sex we ever had...I'm come-ing back begging for more......please give it to us.

Lynn Sorensen's ability to deliver hard melodic words from behind and up your short skirt with vocal-dog-lick techniques will kiss you on the face and cut you to the bone. He builds throaty vocals to an unperceivable and unexpected climax never experienced before. With tunes like "How To Love You" and "Beyond These City Lights," this sex rock has girls soaking in the feeling.

Sex And's's a's a FREIGHT TRAIN...and it's COMING to you! Want it! Need it! Choose it! Come aboard!

Music review: Stingray-Vegas Corruption Records


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