"Those who feel there aren't enough women in rock who actually rock will want to take note of the Passive Aggressives. [I]t's hard to think of anyone on the modern music scene who compares with the Passive Aggressives."
-- Greg Schwartz (Bullzeye Magazine)
Few bands are more aptly named than The Passive Aggressives, striking at the unresolved conflict inspiring their sound, mixing aspects of Progressive Pop and Alternative Metal. Sweet-sounding melodies draw the listener in, a soft voice coos and then the hammer comes down delivering dynamics at their extreme. The Bay Area based quartet's full-length album, "Conflict Resolution" is like nothing currently out there -- and they want you to know it.
Consisting of Keren Gaiser (vocals), Jose Santiago (guitar), Damian Lynch (bass) and Tim Dayner (drums), the Passive Aggressives may be split between styles past (Veruca Salt/Primus) and present (Mars Volta/Audioslave), but their story is pure internet-era -- meeting through ads on Craigslist. Keren came to San Francisco after Israeli military service and a solo pop career which included multiple CDs and shows in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Keren searched initially for a backup band, but instead found Jose, Damian and Tim from the Alt-Metal band Feral Moan. Although vastly different in musical backgrounds, the alignment merged unique pieces to create an original sound.
While the backbone of The Passive Aggressives’ may be sugar-coated jabs at government, religion and media, "Conflict Resolution’s" song writing ventures further to more personal battles like guilt, isolation, and suicide. The album begins with an anti-love song, “All We’ve Got Is Now,” showing woman’s strenth in the face of a breakup, followed by a punk rock anthem stab at mainstream media in "Soundtrack To The Voices In My Head.” “Violeta,” delivers an anti-war ballad attacking the fuel behind it. The lyrics are designed to exist on more than one level where meanings shift with subsequent listens. The title track, “Conflict Resolution” could be the story of the band itself or of a passionate love affair, and "One More Look" is either a love song or a statement bombasting racism. The group is not happy making messages clear cut, even the passion charged cover of The Turtle’s “Happy Together” has lyrical variation that shifts the meaning away from the straight forward love song. “Slice It Away,” tells the story of failed suicide attempts and the downward spiral of self-destruction. "Don't Want To Be You," compares the loneliness caused by an absent father against the personal guilt of abandoning one's own family. Says Keren, "its about me being grumpy at my old man." The extreme dynamics are still there as "World of Compromise" builds from an acoustic guitar folk riff to a climax of full metal angst detailing, as Damian says, "an Ode to Bill Gates and the dog eat dog corporate culture."
While the lyrics may never be pinned down, it is the Passive Aggressives' virtuosic playing that announces itself immediately to each listener. The rhythm section of Damian and Tim simultaneously steadies and fuels the band, so that Jose can mix severely melodic explosive playing, and that Keren has a foundation to "Tear the roof off of the building."
Their debut EP is still getting airplay on college stations across the US and Canada, The Passive Aggressives are ready to gain an audience the old-fashioned way; face to face and show by show, overwhelming audiences with their fun, adrenaline fueled live show. "Conflict Resolution" currently climbs the college charts, and their videos have hundreds of thousands of YouTube views. They have been as far east as Austin to rock out for South by South West and are booking on tour dates to support "Conflict Resolution."
Keren Gaiser Vocals
Jose Santiago Guitar
Damian Lynch Bass
Tim Dayner Drums
15 Song Album "Conflict Resolution" - July 2008.
1 Song Single "Lulla-Bye" - February 14th. 2008.
5 Song EP is RELOADED -- loaded on 187 colleges stations and streaming on multiple internet station.