Clann Zú - Rua (Cover Artwork)

Clann Zú

Clann Zú: RuaRua (2003)
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"And he sat & he prayed & he prayed & he sat & he prayed to St. Augustus, St. Brigid, Padre Pio, patron saint of all sinners, patron saint of all fools, patron saint of every fucking dying crawling thing beneath him, shouting out the names of the dead & forgotten. And he cried out .

"And he sat & he prayed & he prayed & he sat & he prayed to St. Augustus, St. Brigid, Padre Pio, patron saint of all sinners, patron saint of all fools, patron saint of every fucking dying crawling thing beneath him, shouting out the names of the dead & forgotten. And he cried out for Christs sake help me! For Christs sake get me out of here! God of all sick things get me the fuck out of here!"

So ends "Words For Snow," the first song on Clann Zú's Rua, a wonderfully original and inspired album by this Australian / Irish band. It's just a sample of the surprising intensity this group puts forth on their debut.

Clann Zú play an eclectic mix of styles, with a rhythm section firmly rooted in electronica, instrumentation from Irish folk music and dark melodies that call to mind Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Declan de Barra has an epic voice. When brooding he sounds at an Irish version of The Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan, although he can move at a moment to soaring vocal highs. Russell Fawcus' violin is captivating and a central instrument on the record. The band's world music focus isn't too dissimilar to that of Joe Strummer's Mescaleros, if only much darker. I've seen reviews compare Lach Wooden's "sound manipulation" to that of DJ Shadow. While I'll leave the electronica namedropping to the qualified, I will say that these elements blend surprisingly well with the the traditional Irish instrumentation.

The 10 songs that make up Rua were remastered from their original release and sound fantastic in their current form. With the volume turned up this is a record you can completely loose yourself in. From the almost danceable "All The People" to the gothic, string-driven "Five Thousand More" to the Celtic-punk vocals of "Crashing to the Floor," there's a rare intensity here. To top it all off, de Barra's impassioned vocals are multi-lingual and jump from English to traditional Gaelic.

Clann Zú sounds like nothing I can think of, making them notoriously hard to describe. I apologise if I've stumbled a bit, but if you ask me this is pretty fucking brilliant.


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Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

i thought their name came from the replacements song where it goes "something to husker something to du" i can't remember the name of it now. in german an umlaut (spelling) >? is to ad an e after the letter in question effectively. this would mean that if both are umlated the it would be hoosker doo phonenetically but that sounds stupid to me. i'll always pronounce it husker doo. whith a short u. then a long one. motorhead had a n umlaut over the esecond o and noone bothered with it.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

I saw these guys for the first time LIVE concert in Fort Mclowd Alberta canada, in July. declan de berra (lead singer, jumped off the stage and crowd surfed it was awsome. i bought there two CD's after i heard the first song. lucky for me i was also doing minor prefroming and i got to talk to them back stage! they are so cool. best guys ever. i have 1 million songs on my computer and tons of CDs and now i basicly only listin to these guys.
i hope to see them live in concert again some time.
no words can dicribe thier music and that the way music should be.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

Actually beautiful... the music is dark and light, and has'nt superficial letters.
Just wonderful.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

Lights below is so powerful....last night it excally brought some tears to me eyes..

i go somewhere else in my mind when i hear that song...
it`s so powerful....


AnaMorph0sIs (February 9, 2004)

This album is fabulous. Refreshingly dark and melodic.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

"Husker Du" is Norwegian for "Do you remember?" actually, but Norwegians don't use the ü with the dots, so I guess it's not Norwegian afterall ...

I have to check this band out by the way. Downloaded a song some time ago, but can't remember much of it.

Anonymous (September 23, 2003)

amazing cd, just got it in the mail today, absolutely breathtaking


Anonymous (September 18, 2003)

hus.ker. doo and thats that.

Anonymous (September 17, 2003)

Yep, it's definately called Irish. Gaelic is different - unspoken nowadays. Small population of SW Ireland still speaks Irish.

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

this doesn't help me pronounce husker du, guys

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

the people of Ireland call the language Irish. i've been corrected by them when calling it Gaelic.

adam (September 15, 2003)

I could find translations of the lyrics with an English-Gaelic translator, so it's likely that Irish/Gaelic are interchangable terms here...


Steve_Bennett (September 15, 2003)

according to the g7 site the languages used are english and irish.

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

No, it's called Gaelic.


Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

the language is called "Irish". not Gaelic.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

the promise ring song "make me a mixed tape" has the best pronounciation of "husker du" ever... man, i can just picture davey strutting around in some sort of fucked up top hat singing that song. i drink to kill the pain.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

Fuck, these guys are incredible.


Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

Jesus Christ this is a good album.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

damn canadian distribution...i can't find this anywhere in boston... i may have to buy it online



hungryjoe (September 13, 2003)

Good god, I just downloaded a few songs, and I will be purchasing this in the very near future.

The system works!

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

this reminds me of irish portishead...i should think i'll buy this one

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

anyone actually know how to pronounce husker du? those accents fuck things up.

adam (September 12, 2003)

hungryjoe: I'll announce winners tomorrow. We're on hold today in respect to Mr. Cash.


hungryjoe (September 12, 2003)

This sounds pretty interesting, definately something to check out.

G7 seems to have morphed from "Propagandhi and related bands" label into a label with a pretty diverse roster of interesting bands. They don't release very much, but when they do, it's worth paying attention.

On the topic of G7...did you announce the winners of the Warsawpack contest yet? I'm probably going to see them tomorrow night, and if by off chance I won, then I won't have to buy Stocks and Bombs at the show.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

absolutly amazing, i have like 2000 tracks on my computer that i've d/l over the past month( new Computer) and this is almost the only band that i listen to.

he could've shortened the review by saying: go buy this now...

that seems pretty fair to me.
it'll change your life

Mr_Pink (September 12, 2003)

Clann Zu, Husker Du. Husker Du, Clann Zu.

Steve_Bennett (September 12, 2003)

very impressive stuff.

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