Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
one refers quite often to the icelandic sagas but have you ever heard of the Montréal’s Zion saga?
there was a time when A Silver Mt. Zion was a three-member band without choirs or scarce lalalas. a genuine counterpart of GY!BE and a pure protest advocate of the 2000s Constellation Records‘ roster.
then, a year later, A Silver Mt. Zion became The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band. tra-la-la. the magic power of instrumental music with three (convincing) utterance attempts while Take These Hands and Throw Them in the River, Could’ve Moved Mountains and Triumph of Our Tired Eyes. the Tra-la-la Band was made of three musicians. the final tally made six.
two years later, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra took the sobriquet of The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la Band with Choir. with an introducing choir foray, thus.
a year later, the band released an EP under the name of Thee Silver Mountain Reveries. no more Tra-la-la.
an album called Horses in the Sky was released a year later by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band.
then the Tra-La-La Band left.
brotherless, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra remained as it was.
and the very Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra will release a new album on 21st january as a quintet, which title is an happy turn of phrase: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything.
light again. could it be that bands decided to beggar the darkest torments of our times and offer us shades of hope?
in the 14-minute song entitled Austerity Blues, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra closes the song with this:
Lord let my son live long enough to see that mountain torn down.
so let the last word go to Constellation.
(…) 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.