TYRANNY IS TYRANNY - The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism
Last time the album title was borrowed off Howard Zinn. This time the Wisconsin quartet were inspired by Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine whose subtitle was The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism. The band humorously calls their sound zinn-core, although the more traditional post noise rock might make more sense.
On the debut I was still hesitant about the post prefix, and also a little sceptical of the music’s sound, but it is clear from the beginning that Tyranny Is Tyranny have not only worked hard on their songwriting, but also on getting a more transparent sound of their sophomore effort. This time around, the songs are generally even longer than on the debut, allowing the five tracks to make it over forty minutes.
The album’s first half highlights the quartet’s different facets. The opener Or Does It Explode? sees the band from its catchiest side. The guitars are not even that distorted, and the gravelly vocals still have enough melody left to make this some kind of noise folk song that fits well with the band’s socialist ideology. The following She Who Struggles may start slowly, but soon turns into a violent, sludgy piece of noise that shows us the musicians’ doomy, dramatic side. The A-side - if you happen to own the translucent blue vinyl - ends with the pondering Pillar Of Cloud, Pillar Of Fire where a strong post rock influence stands out, with some heart-warming trumpet parts courtesy of the bass player. It is a weird coincidence that these first three songs are all slightly over seven minutes long.
The B-side starts with Kabuki Snuff Theater, the shortest track on the album with only slightly over four minutes running time. This is a pure piece of noise rock, dry as dust, in the vein of Nineties noise rock, and due to its length probably the ideal candidate for radio airplay, even if the other tracks have more to discover with their more generous lengths. And that brings us already to the concluding mammoth track Victory Will Defeat You, a quarter hour tour de force where the band uses all of the previous ingredients to come up with a heady cocktail that is definitely the highlight of their new album. Starting once again like a post rock track, we get some nice trumpet parts three minute into the song, before the vocals join another three minutes later. There is of course room for melodic and noisy parts as well, making this epic piece something like the substrate of the band’s sound.
If you liked already Tyranny Is Tyranny’s debut album Let It Come From Whom It May, then you might very well love their second longplayer The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism. The lyrics are once again very well informed, and come with explanations. In a time where most bands’ lyrics are as vapid as hot air, a band like Tyranny Is Tyranny deserves all the respect they can get. Since their new album is quite an improvement on the debut, fans of noise rock and post rock alike should check it out. It comes in a multitude of formats, so don’t hesitate and give these guys your attention.