A truely special album: Tribal/urban/punk/sonic joy
Chris bct | San Diego, CA USA | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There ain't no group like SAVAGE REPUBLIC. And, nobody has the wonderful packaging they do from Bruce Licher's Independent Project Records label. Beautiful, complex cardboard packaging with print right on the cardboard which is often folded and/or cut very elegantly. The presentation is half the pleasure with this band, and, really, any release on IPR. However, the music of SR is spectacular, although, not consistent over every one of their releases.
This is their first album and, to my ears, their finest. There's a couple of great live albums and the second one ain't bad either but this album is definitely them at their musical peak in the studio. A very distinctive percussive, sorta tribal drumming sound. They originally recorded, maybe even some of this material, under some bridge in the greate L.A. region that gave the recordings a very unique sound. Their other main piece to their music besides pretty cool matching vocals that somehow are very appropriate to this music, is a guitar assault. At least two guitars. And the percussion includes one of those big 'ol oil drums. You gotta sample this stuff from this web site. Yer very likely to get hooked. Don't be shy, feel free to purchase this CD. Because every song on this album is a gem. And that doesn't happen that often. I can think of maybe 20 albums out of 1000's where that's true. This is one of them. Solid and a real pleasure to listen to from beginning to end. email@example.com"