Violent Religion

Violent Religion

by Chainsaw Kittens
     
 
While a slightly patchy effort in comparison to later albums, Religion shows lead singer/mainman Tyson Meade and the Kittens still getting off to a good start all around. Its embrace of trashy punk glam, wonderfully out of tune with the incipient grunge empire of the early nineties, helped distinguish the group from the start. Meade

Overview

While a slightly patchy effort in comparison to later albums, Religion shows lead singer/mainman Tyson Meade and the Kittens still getting off to a good start all around. Its embrace of trashy punk glam, wonderfully out of tune with the incipient grunge empire of the early nineties, helped distinguish the group from the start. Meade's charismatic, delicious high-register singing and lyrical obsessions with kinky sex, death, madness and, indeed, religion called to mind understandable Ziggy Stardust comparisons, but he gives everything his own particularly fractured spin. When he breaks into one of his not infrequent yelps and wails, it suits the mood quite well. Musically, he and lead guitarist Metzger favor sprawl and chunky riffs, as much Ron Asheton and Steve Jones as Mick Ronson. The rhythm section is mostly there as opposed to being distinct, but they support Meade's cockeyed vision well enough, while random movie samples and some other touches flesh out the album. "Mother (of the ancient birth)" is the first song that totally lifts the Kittens up from being well-meaning if perversely mannered tribute fusion. Its quick clip and chewy chorus, poppy and punchy down to the handclaps while Meade sings of weird Freudian twists, serves as a great calling card for the band's abilities. From there everything winds up more furiously as it goes, one mascara-smeared aural car crash after another. Songtitles like "Death-Out at Party Central" and "Feel Like a Drugstore" are happily lived up to, while gentler numbers as "I'm Waiting (leeanne's song)" let Meade showcase his equally good, lower-pitched singing, soothing and smoky. The album wraps up with its best song, the lovely piano ballad "She's Gone Mad," covered live elsewhere by fellow Oklahomans the Flaming Lips. Meade's portrayal of the titular character is achingly sympathetic and matched by his performance perfectly.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/1992
Label:
MAMMOTH
UPC:
0035498002120
catalogNumber:
21

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Tracks

  1. Bloodstorm  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  2. Skinned Knees (Kitten Theme)  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  3. Boyfriend Song  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  4. Mother (Of The Ancient Birth)  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  5. I'm Waiting (Leanne's Song)  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  6. Here At The End  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  7. Bliss (We're Small)  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  8. Feel Like A Drugstore  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  9. Savior Boyfriend Collides  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  10. Violent Religion  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  11. Death-Out At Party Central  -  Chainsaw Kittens
  12. She's Gone Mad  -  Chainsaw Kittens

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chainsaw Kittens   Primary Artist
Phil Seymour   Background Vocals
Ron Getman   Piano
Tom Leader   Drums
Tyson Meade   Guitar,Vocals
Trent Bell   Guitar
Kevin McElhaney   Bass
Mark Metzger   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chainsaw Kittens   Arranger
Robbie Egle   Engineer
Ron Getman   Engineer
Steve Ripley   Engineer,Contributor
Tom Leader   Arranger
Tyson Meade   Arranger,Producer,Paintings
Steve Balcom   Executive Producer
Jay Faires   Executive Producer
Kevin McElhaney   Arranger,Contributor
Mark Metzger   Arranger
Bill Nuñez   Engineer

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