This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing

This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing

by A Silver Mt. ZionA Silver Mt. Zion

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Things just keep getting bigger with A Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. This album, their third, sees another incremental change in the band name, and a bump in membership. Though still the core septet from their previous effort, they are joined this time by a 22-member choir. So, with the change in the makeup of the band comes a change in their sound. And on This Is Our Punk-Rock Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, A Silver Mt. Zion have finally gotten huge. Opening track "Sow Some Lonesome Corner So Many Flowers Bloom" moves the group out of the shadow of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and into their own. The choir take the front of the stage, singing simple "fa-la-la" lyrics in a dramatic melodic progression, expressing a purpose in ways that Godspeed has only hinted at. Halfway through the choir stops and are replaced by a guitar and violin duet that swims in the melancholy waters of the first album, before erupting into a majestic climax with a full band. Whereas in the past the band has refrained from really delivering on a build-up, here all caution is thrown to the wind and it is comparable to the highest peaks of the GYBE! discography. The remaining tracks all feature Efrim on vocals, his cracked voice recalling Will Oldham's Palace, with an Appalachian folk vibe running throughout. Granted, this would be folk music of the saddest sort, but paired with a Quebecois' hopefulness in place of American despair. This Is Our Punk-Rock is the most satisfying and rewarding album that A Silver Mt. Zion have delivered.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Constellation
UPC: 0666561002718
catalogNumber: 27
Rank: 103934

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Silver Mt. Zion   Primary Artist
Don   Choir, Chorus
Chad   Choir, Chorus
Brad   Choir, Chorus
Dan   Choir, Chorus
Aimee   Choir, Chorus
Kenny Gamble   Choir, Chorus
Ian   Choir, Chorus
Thierry   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Beckie Bell   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Kate   Choir, Chorus
Efrim   Group Member
Aidan   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Annie   Choir, Chorus
Eric   Choir, Chorus
Emily   Choir, Chorus
Gen   Choir, Chorus
Nadia   Choir, Chorus
Bruce   Choir, Chorus
Howard   Drums
Jessica   Choir, Chorus,Group Member

Technical Credits

Howard Bilerman   Contributor

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