Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – "This Is Our Punk-Rock" Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing
The amateur choir assembled for the ‘fasola’ sing-along on the opening track sets the tone for an exuberant, community-rallying protest music that constitutes the spiritual foundation of the record. Destruction of communities (foreign and local) are lamented and eulogised in the songs that follow, culminating in the album closer: an ode to the empty railyard terrain adjacent to the neighbourhood where the band, along with many other Montreal musicians and artists, have lived for many years. This land is now being swallowed up by big box and condo development. This is Our Punk-Rock… addresses the local/universal demise of uncontrolled and unregulated urban landscapes – a demise that stretches from the docile walls of superstore complexes and protest ‘pens’ in the West to outright military surveillance, harassment and murderous ‘surgical’ strikes by Western-backed armies in South America and the Middle East. This unbroken curve is at the heart of Mt. Zion’s poetics and politics – this is their punk-rock.
1. Sow Some Lonesome Corner So Many Flowers Bloom
2. Babylon Was Built On Fire/Starsnostars
3. American Motor Over Smoldered Field
4. Goodbye Desolate Railyard
Running time: 00:56:24
2xLP comes in a thick printed jacket with artwork and lyrics booklet.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve and glued-in artwork and lyrics booklet.
Efrim: guitar, piano, tapes, effects, singing
Ian: guitar, singing
Jessica: violin, singing
Sophie: violin, singing
Thierry: contrabass, singing
GUESTSHoward: drums on TRACK 1
Aidan: drums on TRACK 3
THEE RUSTED SATELLITE CHOIR (Aimee, Aidan, Annie, Brad, Bruce, Dan, Don, Chad, Emily, Eric, Gamble, Gen, Kate, Nadia, Scott, Thea, Tom, Tinholt, Vanessa): singing on TRACKS 1,4
Recorded at thee mighty Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Howard Bilerman. Mixed by Howard Bilerman and the band. Mastered by Harris Newman.