Down with Liberty... Up with Chains!

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
An incestuous affair even for K Records, Chain and the Gang boast an indie all-star lineup with members of Old Time Relijun, Desolation Wilderness, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Finally Punk, the Curious Mystery, Hornet Leg, the Vibrarians, and K-Records' head honcho himself, Calvin Johnson. In all, 14 people back Nation of Ulysses/Make-Up vocalist Ian Svenonius, who effortlessly and haphazardly drizzles his words over the lo-fi collective's minimal slop. With an elitist hipster charisma, Svenonius sounds like a cross between Alan Vega and Jim Carroll in other words, a curt but affable loud-spoken New Yorker type as he lectures in loose rhymes over simple song ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
An incestuous affair even for K Records, Chain and the Gang boast an indie all-star lineup with members of Old Time Relijun, Desolation Wilderness, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Finally Punk, the Curious Mystery, Hornet Leg, the Vibrarians, and K-Records' head honcho himself, Calvin Johnson. In all, 14 people back Nation of Ulysses/Make-Up vocalist Ian Svenonius, who effortlessly and haphazardly drizzles his words over the lo-fi collective's minimal slop. With an elitist hipster charisma, Svenonius sounds like a cross between Alan Vega and Jim Carroll in other words, a curt but affable loud-spoken New Yorker type as he lectures in loose rhymes over simple song structures. Guitar, drums, fuzz bass, organ, some sax, and percussion including claps push the girl group sha na nas and railroad work songs on Down with Liberty...Up with Chains! into art punk territory, that, in typical K fashion, was recorded in an always raw, basement recording style. A few songs miss the mark and sound like unrehearsed jams, but at the album's middle, things get soaring and peak with the highlights "What Is a Dollar?," "Interview with the Chain Gang," and "Deathbed Confession" -- three thoughtful songs that poke jabs at "a society rotten with fascists," as Svenonius might say, while staying true to their lax, clownish roots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: K. Records
  • UPC: 789856120321
  • Catalog Number: 61203
  • Sales rank: 224,016

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chain & the Gang Primary Artist
Calvin Johnson Vocals, Accompaniment
Brian Weber Organ, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Accompaniment
Ian Svenonius Group Member
Nick Zwart Electric Guitar
Karl Blau Guitar, Bass Guitar
Arrington de Dionyso Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Aaron Hartman Double Bass
Chris Sutton Bass Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Accompaniment
Brett Lyman Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Fuzz Bass, Accompaniment
Benjamin Hartman Organ, Saxophone
Faustine Hudson Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Accompaniment
Lizet Ortuño Vocals, Hand Clapping, Accompaniment
Veronica Ortuño Vocals, Hand Clapping, Accompaniment
Sarah Pedal Percussion, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Accompaniment
Nic Zwart Electric Guitar
Faustin Hudson Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Sixx Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Calvin Johnson Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Nick Zwart Engineer
Christy Redentor Liner Notes
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