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Disarmament VIDEO ipr94 Documentation of a performance in Cleveland, Ohio by Atavistic Video, this highly colonized and effected video is an hour long and features ten songs from Tragic Figures, Trudge, and Ceremonial, and is a good visual counterpart to the Live Trek release.
Ceremonial ipr94 Second LP which is miles away from the first - the most pop release this band ever did, with beautiful guitar work and hummable melodies, at present only available on cassette. It's easy to listen to, but unfortunately doesn't get stuck in my head nearly as much as the first batch of songs.
I'll post a more in-depth review when I get a chance to listen to it again I almost never play tapes anymore. Live In Amsterdam ipr94 Cassette only release on the Dutch Staaltape label, comes with beautiful letterpress cover.
Phil and I reached an agreement whereby he and Robert would keep the music that they had worked up, and I'd keep the name. And so those six songs became the basis for the 17 Pygmies album Jedda by the Sea. As this workload increased, through necessity Savage Republic records were licensed first through Chameleon Music Group, followed by Fundamental. As the scope of Independent Project epnded Licher continued to favour the distinctive letterpress on chipboard process. Sometimes they just sweep up whatever's left on the floor and throw it in.
Almost every time you buy chipboard it's a different shade, colour and texture. He is equally resourceful about finding old type styles and metal fonts. If we needed something, they could make it new.
A lot of it just isn't being made anymore, so we keep our eyes open. There was this old guy up in Hollywood who had a garage full of old type from printers who'd gone out of business. Sometimes I would drive up there to see if he had anything new or interesting. Still utilizing various items of scrap metal percussion, as well as the ubiquitous 55 gallon oil drum, the new group began to work on new material, mostly instrumental and soundtrack in flavour, and more immediately accessible than the jagged Tragic Figures era.
The first fruits were the four tracks on the Trudge EP, released by prolific Belgian indie label Play It Again Sam, after which the band were further bolstered by the return of Robert Loveless at the beginning of On 4 May that same year SR performed their first east coast date at Danceteria in New York, promoter Steve Montgomery having convinced the legendary venue that they were a 'dance' band. After going on at 2 AM, being told we could only play an hour-long set, we got 3 encores, which was apparently unheard of.
The club owner kept asking Steve when we were going to stop, so that he could get back to having his dance floor free. The crowd was yelling for more and he wanted to bring the curtain down on the stage.
Crazy night. Throughout the group continued to work on their second full album, Ceremonial. Tolling guitar figures floated through the ether to produce deliberate, almost meditative tones, with SR's sonic palette epnded to include bongos, dulcimer and mandolin.
For me, I get very moved by music, and a good instrumental can reach me much deeper than anything with lyrics in it. In retrospect.
Well, the later CD version is all-instrumental and I think it works better. With two acclaimed albums to their name, and an enviable reputation for startling live performance, Savage Republic regularly gigged beyond California, negotiating the two American tours documented in the live double album Live Trek These editions were followed by their first European tour, lasting for three weeks between 6 and 26 September , visiting Germany, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The date at Amsterdam Melkweg on 25 September was also issued on cassette by Staalplaat. But at the end of our European tour it was obvious to all that Mark Erskine was having trouble physically and emotionally, and after we returned to the US it was mutually agreed that he would leave the band.
He had been playing in a plethora of cutting edge, experimental projects since the early s, and had played with myself, Bruce and Greg Grunke at UCLA fallout shelter gatherings in I loved playing with Mark Erskine and knew he would be hard to replace. He contributed so much to SR, both musically and also in a more abstract artistic way. But I was really happy that Brad decided to play with us, and I knew he would challenge us to grow in new directions.
Despite these changes third album Jamahiriya continued in the vein of mesmerizing flow rather than sharp jolts, with stand out tracks including Spice Fields and Tabula Rasa.
In fact it's quite an excellent way to learn about the world and the political changes that go on within it. There were several African countries that had taken to calling themselves 'Jamahiriyas' in the late s, which I understood to mean 'revolutionary republic'.
So Jamahiriya Democratique et Populaire de Sauvage means 'the People's Democratic Republic of Savage', and I figured that since most 'People's Democratic Republics' were anything but that, and that we as a band were actually more of a "democratic republic" than most of these countries were, so why not call ourselves that. Jamahiriya also included a muscular cover of underground punk anthem Viva La Rock n' Roll, originally recorded by Alternative TV in More tongue in cheek humour, poking a little fun at ourselves to make sure we didn't take things too seriously.
In fact creative tensions again threatened the stability of the always fluid group. For some reason, we never thought that this was a stupid thing to do. On the other hand, we are all very passionate about SR, and there is a very specific approach to the music that comes out of our shared experiences in the early s Los Angeles punk scene, that is harder to reproduce in other projects.
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