23 June 2011
My recent review on X'Ho, Singapore rebel artist, social commentator, critic and DJ. and his lastest album has just been published online at X'Ho Album. He has been an oasis in the desert of cultural amnesia and void on the island republic for years and he can be considered to be the John Peel to Singapore's underground/alternative music scenes.
Posted by Psychmetalfreak at 6/23/2011
20 June 2011
Come 29 June the mighty Napalm Death will be in Singapore for a one-night gig, can't wait. The band brought back memories of shared news trading of this legendary band with their ultra-short songs of a couple of seconds (You Suffer) and arguably the inception of Grindcore as an extreme metal genre for the subsequent 2 plus decades to come. But more importantly unlike most other bands under the banner of Grindcore, they are well-known more for their political stance, both personal and macro; sliming multi-national corporations before most others back in the mid-1980s and warning us of issues as broad as personal responsibility to our own lives to poverty, greed and war throughout their discography. Go catch them if you can. The link to their gig is:
Napalm Death in Singapore
The book by Lynskey thus fits aptly with CRASS; the author attempts an ambitious tome of 33 representative tracks for the past 100 years and traces, links and demonstrates to us his personal take and hopes (and perhaps pessimism towards the end of the book, not totally though) of songs as vehicles of protest and politics. (CRASS has 1 song included in his book but though I would prefer the other more straight forward but general CRASS classics, "Do They Owe Us A Living") Of course some of the these singers/bands/song-writers are usually not full-fledged flag wavers of certain causes they commented and wrote about and many became entrapped in the ugly and sinister political undertow of their artistic choices and ventures as a result. A good book nonetheless, perhaps on a more individual note, protest songs might be less effectual but they are still needed today.