Down With Liberty... Up With Chains by Chain & the Gang

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Vinyl LP £13.99 KLP203LP

LP from Ian Svenonius' new band on K.

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CD £12.99 KLP203CD

CD from Ian Svenonius' new band on K.

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Down With Liberty... Up With Chains by Chain & the Gang
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9/10 Li'l Biz 17 April 2009
Ian Svenonius is back in business with a new project 'Chain and the gang' on olympia's finest K records. 'Down with Liberty....up with chains!' is Ian's commentary on abuses of liberty in the modern world. Together with a crew of K records regular he has made his strongest record for some time, especially if you loved the early Make-up records. The music is primitive rock and roll with plenty of space for grade A Svenonius banter. Lyrically we get a punk rock reinterpretation of social and political theory delivered with with insight and wit i have come to expect from Svenonius. The music itself varies from Weird War style proto funk and rock (Chain gang theme (i see progress), Interview with the Chain gang) to stripped down garage spirituals (What is a dollar, trash talk, (lookin' for a) cave girl) that made the Make-up such an essential group. The instrumentation is skeletal at best with drums, bass, guitar and occasional organ being the only ingredients. Calvin Johnson has produced the album at Dab Narcotic so it has the timeless quality that comes with recording on old analogue equipment. Not worth trying to compare this to anything other than previous Svenonius material but rest assured this is a excellent record and a welcome addition to my record collection. Ace ace ace!!!

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