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“There Be Squabbles Ahead” by Stolen Babies

Artist: Stolen Babies
Title: “There Be Squabbles Ahead”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 10/3/2006
Genre: Dark Gothic Cabaret
Rating: 4/5

Come with me dear readers on a journey deep inside the depths of the beer halls where the insane come to mingle. For the price of entry and a two-drink minimum, I ask that you join me at a table off to the side of the stage where tonight’s performers are the Stolen Babies. TSB is an Avant-Garde/Gothic/Metal Cabaret group that is led by Dominique Lenore Persi who is the bands singer/screamer and accordion player. Ms. Persi has a voice that is beautiful and melodic in one second and then the raving screams of a lunatic at the others. She is quite the dynamic performer and the rest of her group is no different. They are indeed a fascinating, interesting and very mystifying unit and their debut release on The End Records will leave you scratching your head even after several listens. It is really one of the most eclectic and curious groups that I ever had the pleasure of listening to. The four-piece ensemble has a very strong visual presence but sadly you lose this on an audio CD – the photos on their website and by the included video for “Push Button” prove that they are a “must see” type of band and come off like a cross between the weird kids in the school band mixed with Alice Cooper ala Torch Singer with a dab of Metal. Confused? Good, because I have listened to it four times and I am still like “hmmmm”. The winning tracks like “Push Button” and “Lifeless” show the levels of diversity that is possessed by the group while the opening track “Spill” is simply a throttling Metal number. The groups association with the members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum leads to appearances of that band on the recording and it helps add a little more to the overall strangeness of the piece. We have Dan Rathburn from SGM doing tuba and vocals while Carla Kihlstedt adds violin. Rounding out the lineup of The Stolen Babies are Rani Sharone (guitars), Ben Rico (keyboards) and Gil Sharone (drums).
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