|Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra — Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (2014)|
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra — Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
|||• Album includes a tribute to the late Pro Era rapper Capital Steez • |||
Location: Montreal ~ Valcourt, Quebec, Canada
Album release: January 21, 2014
Record Label: Constellation (CST099)
Formats: CD | 180gLP | MP3 | FLAC
01 Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island of Montreal) 10:22
02 Austerity Blues 14:18
03 Take Away These Early Grave Blues 6:47
04 Little One Runs 2:30
05 What We Loved Was Not Enough 11:23
06 Rains Thru The Roof At Thee Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steez) 3:58
| Thierry Amar — Contrebasse, Electric Bass, Plucked Piano, Vocals
| Efrim Manuel Menuck — Electric + Acoustic Guitars, Mellotron, Vocals
| Jessica Moss — Volin, Plucked Piano, Vocals
| Sophie Trudeau — Violin, Plucked Piano, Vocals
| David Payant — Drums, Organ, Vocals
• Recorded by Greg Norman at Mansion Vibes in Studio B12, Valcourt, Quebec.
• Mixed by Greg Norman and SMZ at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango, Montreal, Quebec.
• Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket, Montreal, Quebec.
|||• Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ) has traced a barbed-wire arc of genre–defying protest music since its inception in 1999. Formed by Efrim Menuck, with Thierry Amar and Sophie Trudeau, the initial iteration of the band was a predominantly instrumental trio that forged a more intimate and ragged chamber–punk than Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the other group in which all three founding SMZ members also played (and continue to play). Through seven albums from 2000–2010, SMZ expanded its line–up and shifted towards an increasing use of lead and group vocals, with Menuck penning politically–charged lyrics to anchor long–form multi–movement compositions that juxtaposed electrified guitars against a 4–piece string section of violins, cello and contrabass.
|||• Most recently, SMZ has pared back to five players, with Menuck's massive spectrum–spanning electric guitar sound emerging as the spine around which two violins, bass (now more often electric than acoustic) and drums are deployed. SMZ have managed a handful of short tours in the past couple of years (in the gaps between GYBE commitments) and as anyone who has seen the band in its recent incarnation can attest, their current sound is more honed, laser–guided and bone–rattling than ever, melding hardcore, blues, garage and dark metal influences that have nothing to do with anything so quaint as “post–rock” (a tag the group has always and rightly rejected).
|||• Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is the first definitive document of the band's newfound sound and style as a quintet. It’s also their first single LP–length work since the band’s debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago, and features road-tested pummeling rock–outs “Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of Montréal)”, “Take Away These Early Grave Blues” and “What We Loved Was Not Enough” alongside the previously unheard lullabyes/minuets “Little Ones Run” and “Rains Thru The Roof At Thee Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steez)” and the album centerpiece “Austerity Blues” with its closing lyric “Lord let my son live long enough to see that mountain torn down” sung in varying incarnations throughout the second half of this 14–minute epic.
|||• This lyric in many ways encapsulates Menuck's unflinching take on a world replete with shabbiness, greed and injustice, seen through the lens of parenthood, mortality, endurance and defiance. There are few other musicians who deliver social critique with the courage and honesty of lines like “All our cities gonna burn / All our bridges gonna snap / All our pennies gonna rot / Lightning roll across our tracks / All our children gonna die”. Feel–good music this is not; but neither can it reductively be tagged apocalyptic or world–weary. Fuck Off Get Free rages with scorn and with hope, utterly passionate but pointedly unromantic. Thee Silver Mt. Zion once again demonstrates, like few other bands working today, that there is much to fight for and against, and plenty more fight songs to sing. Thanks for listening.
|||• CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on thick 24pt. paperboard with a printed CD dust sleeve. LP is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a heavyweight jacket with black poly–lined audiophile dust sleeve, credit insert, pull–out art poster and download code for 320 kbps MP3 copy of the album.
By Jenn Pelly on November 19, 2013 at 08:25 a.m.
||| On January 21, Constellation release the next LP from Godspeed You! Black Emperor offshoot Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (aka A Silver Mt. Zion, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band,…)
||| It’s titled Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything and follows 2010′s Kollaps Tradixionales. A press release notes that the album was written by the group’s current five–piece lineup, and is thus “heavier” and more “direct.”
||| The six–track effort sees SMZ exploring music that is more “laser–guided and bone–rattling than ever, melding hardcore, blues, garage and dark metal influences that have nothing to do with anything so quaint as ‘post–rock.’”
||| The final track, “Rains Thru the Roof at Thee Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steez)”, is indeed a tribute to the late rapper Capital Steez, who was a member of Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era crew and died last year at age 19.
Website blog: http://www.tra-la-la-band.com/
||| "A fierce burst of intricacy, passion and punk urgency." — Rock–A–Rolla (cover feature)
||| "Over a swelling symphony of guitars marked by spastic, lingering riffs, [on "Take Away These Early Grave Blues"] frontman Efrim Menuck eerily wails to “let them sing on”, a line that plays out as both an anthemic call to action and an absolute condemnation over the sea of blitzing dissonance. While the band’s fury seems as if it could build and build into eternity, it eventually breaks down into a cascade of atmospheric feedback, which only makes its short and violent lifespan burn that much brighter." — Consequence of Sound
||| "Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is a very different beast than the Polaris–winning band from which they spun off, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In fact, through the heaviness and mantra–like shouts, this latest song “Take Away These Early Grave Blues” sounds more like Swans’ The Seer than Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. It’s an immediate and propulsive piece of music where the word “post rock” never crosses your mind once — this is punk as all hell." — Stereogum
||| "Harnessing the relentless roar of an underdog army. While often similarly majestic [to GY!BE] SMZ adopt a more vocal form of protest as they channel punk, rock and folk forms into epic petrol bomb songs, wall–of–sound clamour and tear-stained revolutionary ballads. Whether blasting barricades with tumultuous waves of drums, sawn strings and guitars or stumbling softly through the morning after ashes, this is a powerful collection of contemporary battle hymns that rings out like a well-needed musical call to arms for the 99 per cent." — MOJO
||| "The current lineup...gives the band's delivery more focus and allows it to move with greater stealth and mobility. Throughout the fifty–minute album, the band works up a glorious noise, with all five members contributing vocals, sometimes in the form of a collective chant, to the six songs... Theirs is not a music dragged down by defeat and surrender but one empowered by clear–headed hope and determination. As the group sings in the album's opening song, “But there's fire in our dreams,” and we hope that said fire will long continue to burn." — Textura
||| Efrim Manuel Menuck (born November 4, 1970)
The following is a list of musical equipment used by Efrim Menuck.
||| Gibson Les Paul
||| Fender Jaguar — Sunburst, modified with a humbucker in the neck position and a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
||| Travis Bean
||| Mosrite 'The Ventures' Mach 1 (A Silver Mt Zion)
||| Gibson ES–225 (A Silver Mt Zion)
||| Ampeg V4 head
||| Mesa/Boogie Rectifier Trem–O–Verb head
||| Fender Showman
||| Jessica Moss is best known for playing violin and singing backing vocals in the Canadian post-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band since 2001, and is a founding member of Black Ox Orkestar.
||| In addition, Moss has also been a guest player on many albums produced in Montreal and Toronto, including albums by Frankie Sparo, Arcade Fire, and Broken Social Scene.
||| Moss' earliest known project was playing in Nerdy Girl with Cecil Castelucci. She then played violin in the Montreal alt–rock band Fidget, which she joined in 1995 and left in 1997. She plays regularly in local Arabic and Balkan music ensembles. In addition, she has toured with the Geraldine Fibbers, and was production coordinator for the Montreal film collective Automatic Vaudeville, to which she also contributed music and acting to numerous productions.
||| She began playing the violin when she was five. She is also known to create illuminated boxes, metal flowers and figurines, wristbands, and soundtracks for film.
Moss is part owner of Local 23, a vintage clothing and curiosities shop in the Mile End district.
||| On August 5, 2009, Moss gave birth to her and Silver Mt. Zion bandmate Efrim Menuck's baby boy, Ezra Steamtrain Moss Menuck.
||| Sophie Trudeau is a Canadian musician. She is best known for being a member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and co–founder with Efrim Menuck and Thierry Amar of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band. She also plays in a number of other bands, including Valley of the Giants and The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary.
||| Trudeau first served as violinist for Godspeed You! Black Emperor on their first EP, Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada, which was released in 1999. Trudeau went on later to co–found Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band, where she serves as one of two principal violinists. Trudeau has also played the bass guitar on The "Pretty Little Lightning Paw" E.P., as well as trumpet on Horses in the Sky. She is also credited as playing violin on the Arcade Fire track "Wake Up" from their debut album Funeral.
||| Sharing the responsibility with the other six members, Trudeau sings with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band.
||| Trudeau is also the founder of Bangor Records. Its current roster includes her string trio project, The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary, for which she plays violin, along with Beckie Foon of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band on cello and Genevieve Heistek of Hangedup on viola. Their first album, From Cells of Roughest Air, was released by Bangor Records on January 1, 2005. She is also a member of Diebold, a duo released on Bangor in January, 2007.
||| In 2006, Sophie, with Efrim Menuck and Thierry Amar, assisted in the recording of Carla Bozulich's first release for Constellation, Evangelista.
||| Thierry Amar is a Canadian musician. He is most notable for participating in Godspeed You! Black Emperor, as well as being co–founder of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band with Efrim Menuck and Sophie Trudeau. Amar also participates with Black Ox Orkestar, a Yiddish folk band.
||| Amar joined Godspeed You! Black Emperor around the time of its debut album, F♯ A♯ ∞. He, with Mauro Pezzente, plays the electric bass in the group. However, when playing with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band or Black Ox Orkestar, he can most often be found using the double bass. He was also once found playing violin on the EP The "Pretty Little Lightning Paw" E.P..
||| Amar is also a singer for Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra–La–La Band, which shares vocals with all of its band members.
||| Along with Howard Bilerman, Efrim Menuck and Radwan Moumneh, Amar owns and operates the Hotel2Tango. Once a living space, it is now a professional recording studio, practice area, and live performance venue. Offering its facilities for almost anyone, Amar will sometimes take up the role of record producer for band sessions.
||| Amar also dabbles in the jazz and improvisational music scene, and studies with Jacques Beaudoin of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, one of the most prominent orchestras in the world.
||| In 2006, Amar, with Efrim Menuck and Sophie Trudeau, assisted in the recording of Carla Bozulich's first release for Constellation, Evangelista.||| _______________________________________________________________
|Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra — Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (2014)|