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ArtistSAVAGE REPUBLIC
TitleTRAGIC FIGURES
FormatCD
GenreAlternative Rock
LabelMOBILIZATION
Catalog NumberMOB 101
Release Date06/30/2002
Barcode0801673010125
ID780641
 
Savage Republic was one of Los Angeles' leading art-punk bands, fusing gritty post-Joy Division basslines, slashing guitars with occasional Arabic cadences, and a massive clatter of dense percussion at times worthy of comparisons to Test Dept. or Einsturzende Neubauten. Yet, Savage Republic always maintained a much closer relationship to the simple structuralism of punk, layering all of their percussive energy into complex articulations of a simple 4/4 beat. Originally called Africa Corps, Savage Republic recorded their 1982 debut "Tragic Figures" while its members were attending art school at UCLA. The resulting album is a vibrant cross section of LA's punk scene from the early '80s, slipping between dark, yet subtle Factory-ish songs to aggressive percussion assaults worthy of a Mad Max soundtrack (before Tina Turner, of course). While at their best, Savage Republic were a force to be reckoned with, these reissues force us to recall that vocals were never their strong point, wavering from a Steve Albini -like nasal delivery to a Lee Ving-ish throaty scream. The band's Bruce Licher has since gone on to form the acclaimed Independent Projects Press, developing a unique, celebrated style of beautifully letterpressed packaging, of course utilized for these new Savage Republic reissues on Scot Jenerik's Mobilization label. This disc features all of the tracks from previous CD editions, including the proper recordings from "Tragic Figures," the "Film Noir" 7" and a couple of alternate versions.
 
Track listings
Media 1
1. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS...
2. ATTEMPTED COUP: MADAGASCAR
3. IVORY COAST
4. NEXT TO NOTHING
5. EXODUS
6. ON THE PROWL
7. MACHINERY
8. ZULU ZULU
9. REAL MEN
10. FLESH THAT WALKS
11. KILL THE FASCISTS!
12. PROCESSION
13. FILM NOIR
14. O ADONIS
15. MOBILIZATION
16. TRAGIC FIGURE
17. THE EMPTY QUARTER
18. THE IVORY COAST
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