STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175136-28320 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP
Reviewed by Ian Webber
As the last piece in a jigsaw, this short EP completes a four-piece experimental/progressive project from the California-based Jimmy Sisco. In a similar vein to other episodes in the collection, vocal samples, biblical passages and hardcore punk all blend together and continue to reveal a maturing and reflective approach to his music. The main cut is, in effect, five individual songs mixed together that are then repeated in other forms on the remaining two tracks. A brooding, melodic "Anticipatory Coping" opens the proceedings before the more belligerent "The Cabletow" reveals some of the anger that is suggested in the title of the project. "Jack London" is another aggressive track that features gang vocals and a fair smattering of old school punk to lead into the instrumental closer. Although short, this is an EP worth seeking out as a snapshot of a punk band that provokes much thought. Lyrically biting, Jimmy Sisco states that he is not angry with God but, "I'm angry at a system. . .angry at a way of thinking that has oppressed and suppressed people for centuries: the use of religion (in general) to manipulate and enslave and hurt good people. I lost faith in Christianity and the church. . .but not in Jesus." With a completion of the series this recording is best listened to with its three other parts to provide the whole picture. As a free download too, you have nothing really to lose.
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