Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Campbell Trio - 2011 The Campbell Trio Sings the Blues

Band : Campbell Trio
Album : The Campbell Trio Sings  the Blues
Release Year : 2011
Genre : Post-Hardcore | Experimental

Tracklist :
01 - Don't Be Afraid; an Introduction
02 - Don Copal or the Department of Death
03 - I in Us, a Love Letter
04 - Ehnay - And I, End I
05 - Salvador Limones' Lost Souls Alliance
06 - Y's

The album starts smoothly, acoustic guitar, few noises and a whispering voice spoken in… Hungarian about music. Pretty strange for a band from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Don’t get fooled: this is raging, contorted, striped down to the bones, pure hardcore, back to the basics but looking forward music. It’s furious and experimental, cutting and abstract simultaneously. Reminds me of a widely obscure album from 1995, “Mountains of Madness” by H.P. Zinker, a band formed at New York and unfairly forgotten, although, that particular album was Grammy nominated. Anyway, The Bruce Campbell Punk Rock Trio, commonly know just as Campbell Trio, bring to the surface parts from a world of madness.
They says: “This is not a band. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a band, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of art, a kick in the pants to god, man, destiny, time, love, beauty… what you will. We are going to sing for you. A little off key perhaps, but we will sing. we will sing while you croak, we will dance over your dirty corpse…
To sing you must first open your mouth. You must have a pair of lungs, and a little knowledge of music. It is not necessary to have an accordion, or a guitar. The essential thing is to want to sing. This then is a song. We are singing.”

And after the quiet introduction of “Don’t Be Afraid; an Introduction”, “Don Copal or the Department of Death” explode in your loudspeakers…
While there are bands such Campbell Trio, we’re not totally lost yet and maybe still there’s a spark of hope. But nobody will open his mouth in your behalf or place while you keep your mind shut down and your soul buried.

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