Efrim Manuel Menuck has something to say. Get his messages on Godspeed You! Black Emperor completely instrumental, so he delivers us with his sideproject, which with his already eight releases actually no longer can be called such, 'real' lyrics. Menuck's manic singing takes getting used to and is the only weak point in Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. "There'll be war in our cities, and riots in the mall, blood on our doorsteps, and panic at the ball..." it says in "What We Loved Was Not Enough" - an elfin with equally manic vibes. With three strings songs like "Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of Montreal)" become chamber pop. The "Austerity Blues" meanwhile has as much to do with blues as the band has with hits. Everything's been adjusted up to the limit here. First and foremost, the distortion. It's chamber punk with hidden potential for aggression. And with "Take Away These Early Grave Blues" (no blues at all) there is a mantra that shuffles up into Swans dimensions.
Track: Take Away These Early Grave Blues