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Acumen Nation

Brothers Jason Novak and Ethan Novak started Acumen Nation while they were students at DePaul University in 1988. Between them they had strong talent on vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, and a desire to express their unique musical talent through techno-like, guitar-driven rock. Joining them was Gregory Lope (bass, drums, and backing vocals). Unable to invent a name that reflected their style and didn't sound stupid, they chose the name "Acumen" from a thesaurus: it means understanding. About the same time, a bluegrass band in Ohio also decided this was a good name. The two bands tangled for over two years and spent months in a lawsuit before the trio decided to change their name by adding the word "Nation." Acumen Nation ultimately became a better choice.

The band's demo album, Transmissions From Eville, was released in 1995. "Eville" exists as a sick town in one's state of mind, and is a play of words on Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville. Jamie Duffy (guitar and backing vocals) joined the band in 1996, and the Fifth Column label released their first full-length album, Territory Means the Universe. However, in 1997, Acumen Nation was able to change its label to Conscience Records, which released two albums that year, More Human Heart and Unkind. In 1998, they released a single, If You Were, carrying the partial-title track "Bleed for You," in addition to a full album, Universe; each release reflected more and more growth, control, and creativity in expressing their dark and melodic techno breakbeats. For live performances, they often played self-produced film clips on the backdrop, creating an audio-visual sensory experience that could leave the captivated audiences exhausted.

By 1998, Acumen Nation acquired an alter-ego, DJ? Acucrack, that continued with the driving drum'n'bass merged with the techno/electronic beats that Acumen Nation had developed. With much of its energy going toward the alter ego, Acumen Nation didn't release another album for four years. Signed to its new label, Cracknation Records, the band recorded 5ifth Column for release in May 2002. ~ Eleanor Ditzel, Rovi
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Looking back I was very serious....
jshired needs thicker skin and to learn how to spell.Im just screwin around !!! Lighten up
blueosculati o n
Nothing cures a bad day like Acumen... or DJ? A.
psyc
Used to see these guys play at Ottos in Dekalb - loved them then and still today.
Where's the older discs?
Phenomenal, absolutely sick
We used to listen the crap out of Territory=Un i v e r s e and Transmission s . The last one I bought was More human Heart (which I thought was so-so). Then I got into Acucrack and the whole electronic thing. I need to get the newer albums.
wow i cant belive these guys are on pandora. i had no idea how huge these guys got. my cousin is Dan Brill. the drummer
I've always liked these guys. Quality is sometimes hit or miss but overall they're pretty darn fun to listen to. The DJ Acucrack stuff for sure has always been underrated. Best jungle out there.

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