Pain Olympics by Crack Cloud

Crack Cloud are an anarchic Canadian collective who make a sometimes joyous, sometimes frightening racket that is inspired by their close knit community which just stops short of being a Psychic TV-like cult. This new album continues their driving and driven kraut and post-punk melee and deals with addiction and recovery born out of the personal experiences of the gang.

Vinyl LP £19.32 MM003LP

Black vinyl LP on Meat Machine. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

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Limited Vinyl LP £25.73 MM003LPX

Dinked Edition 180g dark green vinyl LP. Edition of 500 numbered copies in gatefold sleeve incl. 7" with 2 unreleased tracks.

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Pain Olympics by Crack Cloud
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9/10 Daoud 15 July 2020

What is it about Canada that seems to be able to sustain ambitious and large musical collectives? Though they don’t have much in common musically it’s hard not to think of Godspeed You! Black Emperor when thinking about Crack Cloud. I mean jeez, that’s a lot of Canadians.

Crack Cloud’s first album, which was actually their first two EPs, presented a band with potential. To an extent, it was what you’d expect from a slightly leftfield post-punk band. But owing to their size, there was a sense that they weren’t going to be satisfied being your standard slightly leftfield post-punk band.

‘Pain Olympics’ is the fulfilment of that potential. More money and more time has lent itself to an album that shares a scope and a vision with the likes of These New Puritans, while maintaining the twanging guitars and skeletal rhythms that made them catch the ear initially. The songs here are frankly ridiculously structured, ‘Post Truth (Birth Of A Nation)’ jumps from classic angular post punk™ to some sort of euphoric summoning ritual via a demented trumpet solo.

There’s an assertive playfulness to Crack Cloud here, and given their political interests they sometimes end up sounding like the musical equivalent of the information warfare the likes of Putin are accused of. But you know, in a good way.



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