Culture of Killing, A - S/T [IMPORT] – New LP
Thanks to Drunken Sailor Records for sending Green Noise their last six copies of this LP so you folks could get copies in the States (without having to pay all the shipping costs in the era of COVID) and thanks to this Italian band for fighting the fight and making this music and letting Drunken Sailor press it into vinyl, this June 2020 pressing the first and only vinyl offering of this band's 2017 cassette release. The sleeve suggests CRASS-style (or the countless HC bands that rose in the wake), but while this targets the same bullies as Crass and sounds like it could come from the era of Crass, this doesn't sound like that band. "Sonically...somewhere between the gothed-out territory marked out by The Cure and Siouxsie, and the more mournful but recognisably punk tones of The Mob (they even cover that band’s "Mirror Breaks" and firmly put their own stamp on it)." Credit clearly goes to the whole band, the vocals and lyrics delivering the message, and lots of credit goes to the rhythm section, both bass and drums changing to drive the songs and fit the mood, the guitars also a big part of the sound, that and and overall delivery like a shank made in tough times, time taken to make sure it's sharp enough to pierce thick skin, and rough enough so you feel it. -- winch
|A2||I Wonder Why|
|A3||Take Me Away|
|B2||We Can Never Go Back|
Written-By – The Mob (3)
|B4||Was It Worth It?|
- Lyrics By, Artwork – Luca Contenti
Recorded winter 2017/2018.
Very little information exists about Italian anarcho-punks A Culture Of Killing. Like many of their forebears, they evidently eschew communication via mainstream press or corporate-owned social media.
So I guess it’s on me to tell ya that their latest release is a long-overdue vinyl press of their 2017 self-titled cassette, and it absolutely slays.
OK, it’s not immediately obvious as anarcho - you won’t find the teeth-rattling rhythms of early Crass or Flux Of Pink Indians on any of the eight tracks here. Sonically the territory the occupy is somewhere between the gothed-out territory marked out by The Cure and Siouxsie, and the more mournful but recognisably punk tones of The Mob (in fact, they even cover that band’s Mirror Breaks and firmly put their own stamp on it).
This screams early 1980s - a time presided over by right-wing politicians, with the shadows of recession and poverty hanging ominously over proceedings… hey, that sounds familiar… Unsurprisingly for a bunch of anarchists, ACOK are about far more than the mere sound of the music. They rail against the state of the world - and sure, these songs are from 2017, but it can’t have escaped your notice that things ain’t improved too much. That’s why we need soundtracks like this, helping us make sense of the mess we’re inhabiting thanks to the shitbags in power. If that sounds simplistic, their worldview is most assuredly not. For now though, it’s clear what we have to do: ENGAGE, for fuck’s sake.
And that starts right here, with a record that’s dark, entrancing, exhilarating and… ah hey, I’m going there: IMPORTANT. Press play and thrill forever. Anyone who doesn’t is a fucking cop.
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