- 2009 (Rodent Popsicle) Holy
Shet! My new activist anthem
for the millennium is definitely Mouth Sewn Shut’s opener offa 2009
called “Names and Addresses”. Not
since The Pist’s Ideas
has anything remotely crusty caught my fancy quite like this.
Anarchist, apocalyptic, disruptive, and musically crushing record
here. In my handses. So lemme
give you my long-winded backstory on my “activist” activity.
Much as I respect folks who go out and march in the streets to make
themselves heard, that’s just not my way.
Some of my friends call me a capitalist cuz I always look at the
money trail and think in business terms.
Call me what you like, if a business does me wrong, I have ways of
getting them to make it right and I can do the whole routine Jerky Boys
style. My voice and a
telephone are the only f%(kin weapons I need bring to the war and bring my
enemies to their knees. “What’s
the secret?” you ask! Well
done, my son! The secret is
this: everybody has a weak point. If
they love money and position, bleed them of their time.
If they crave security, remind them oftheir vulnerability.
If they wish to avoid bad PR, let them know you have friends in the
media. To make a long story
short, I can get the CEO on the phone and “reason” with her.
Works every time! So
here’s the lyrics to “Names and Addresses”
profiting from killing you
destroying our whole world
the ones who are responsible
have names and addresses too
like me and just like you
not telling you what to go and do
someting must be done
it’s up to me and you!
all set to a brutal tough-guy hardcore soundtrack (think One Voice-era
Agnostic Front or Hatebreed) that never lets up, song after song.
I figured they couldn’t possibly keep up this level of quality on
a full-length, but they do. The
tempos shift through all gears: from slow to mid-tempo to tough-guy to
fast to real fast. From real
fast it sometimes goes into another speed above that. (Blinding?).
The drumming is as sick as the riffs are.
And best of all are the lyrics.
(I’d be lost without the lyric sheet!)
Angry, sick, funny, even brilliant at times. Saw these guys once
and I wish I had had the chance to study the lyric sheet first. Just grab
this when you see it. –