KALASHNIKOV: Living in a Psycho-Chaos Era: LP

Sep 07, 2010

Ever since my discovery of this incredible collective from Italy, I have tried to spread the word of them like gospel. So much so, I put money into their Angoscia Rock 7”, their previous release. I had every intention to put money into the CD version of their current release but the money I had intended to use was sucked dry by bills. Shitty U.S. economy! They do releases funded by worldwide participation. Chaos Rurale out of Canada who participated on a few of their releases went a step further. On top of being part of the new CD, he went ahead and did a vinyl version. Four hundred on black and one hundred on clear with a beautiful two-sided color fold out poster sleeve. The music is adventurous and I stand by my claims that they have elements of punk, post-punk, new wave, and the music of the early productions of Cirque du Soleil. The growth of this band musically and production-wise has been by multitudes. This release storms out from the get-go on the first track: a charging yet not aggressive song that has the energy of a protest march. Other tracks give me a post apocalyptical picture but with hope and survival. On others, you get the feeling that you can still have fun while being angry. The end track is a cover of The Mob’s No Doves Fly Here. It’s haunting and emotional and paints the picture perfect of post-war. Every person who has an ear for music that I have played this band to or given them a copy of the music has become converts. So, hopefully, you are reading this and my words will make you seek out this great band. The CD version contains tracks from the latter 7”, all packaged in a double gatefold booklet.

 –don (Chaos Rurale, chaosrurale.com)