The critically acclaimed Bay Area band has been making music since the mid-80s. The songs come quietly and deliberately from leader Mark Eitzel as he prods through curious subject matter. Past releases include song titles like: "What the Pillar of Salt Held Up", "How Many Six Packs Does It Take to Screw in a Light", "The Amyl Nitrate Dream of Pat Robertson" and my favorite, "In My Role as the Most Hated Singer in the Local Underground Scene". On The Golden Age, AMC drops in some very catchy almost-pop songs like "Decibels and Little Pills".
The self-depracating Eitzel brings a sense of humor to his writing and performing. His songs often contain dramatic pauses between phrases. Sometimes the most wonderful part of an AMC song is what you don't hear. The silence suggests something unspoken and gives the listener time to digest the last thought.
- Chuck Arnold