This probably wont last, but there we are - This is my jam.
Mountain*7 - for the person with nothing better to do
Title: Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees
Matthew Widener is alive with possibilities at present. His history is in the California grindcore scene, with gorehounds Exhumed and the more political crust-inflected political grind of Citizen; but Liberteer is a whole other beast. He’s essentially taken the vicious snarling grindcore of his past and added upthrusting drafts of pomp and drama straight from the classic American songbook: think of the Entombed of Wolverine Blues (actually just think of a wolverine) on a hovercraft cushion of John Philip Sousa or even Aaron Copeland. Hell, on ‘Sweat for Blood’ I even thought of Bill Conti’s work on the Rocky soundtracks. And all this packed into a tightly wound 27 minutes of barely suppressed anarchist fury. For Better Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees also functions as a kind of manifesto, a mode for living. The package details not only the breathless bile of Widener’s politicised lyrics (check the titles alone for an idea of the content: ‘Class War Never Meant More Than It Does Now’ ‘We Are Not Afraid Of Ruins’) but also how to utilise the packaging as a graffiti stencil, and well, a bomb. As he has intimated in interviews, this is music of action, of agency. I hesitiate to use the word inspiring as I sit on my arse typing this, but this is serious and full of intent. It’s also a total blast. Go get.
Some new short reviews over at the Liminal.