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Chain And The Gang – Down With Libery… Up With Chains! (K, 2009)

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{track 4: Reparations}

Nick: up to this number, I found it quite interesting, it’s quite simple and…

suddenly when that number started I thought it was totally phony, I’m afraid.

it didn’t ring true.

‘let’s have a protest song’

but there are a lot of things I like about this.

I like that they keep it extremely simple.

I especially like the New Orleans brass band percussion, as I’d call it.

that’s great.

it’d be a lot better if they stayed away from political themes, it just doesn’t ring true.

why not?

it’s like they thought ‘we sound like the kind of band who should have some political themes, so…’

seems to have absolutely no conviction.

so this band of mainly, actually probably all white people playing, as you said, ‘New Orleans percussion’…that rings true more than their political songs?

yes!

it does.

because it’s not like they’re trying to recreate that, it just sounds like that.

give some kids some percussion instruments and you’d have something as simple.

so are you saying people from New Orleans are child-like?

hahaha no!

you are drawing the wrong conclusions, and you’re doing it purposely.

I guess it’s just down to personal taste more than anything, I’ve never liked political music.

”How do we describe our sound? Something we just found, yeh we dug it up, outta the ground!”

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