Morning Glory - This Is No Time ta Sleep (Cover Artwork)

Morning Glory

Morning Glory: This Is No Time ta SleepThis Is No Time ta Sleep (2001)
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The dichotomy of Leftover Crack has always been interesting. On one hand, there's Stza Crack who epitomizes the nihilistic punk, constantly trying to destroy himself with chemicals, depression, and poor hygiene, yet never actually succeeding. On the other hand, there's Ezra, who epitomizes the virtu.
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The dichotomy of Leftover Crack has always been interesting. On one hand, there's Stza Crack who epitomizes the nihilistic punk, constantly trying to destroy himself with chemicals, depression, and poor hygiene, yet never actually succeeding. On the other hand, there's Ezra, who epitomizes the virtuosic punk, announcing broad proclamations, championing the little guy, and unwavering in stern defiance. And with the addition of Brad Logan, formerly of the nasty wasty F-minus, the dichotomy becomes a trichotomy, now hosting the practical punk, who tours incessantly, makes concessions if it's in the band's best interest, and fuels his music through an unapologetic DIY lifestyle.

With the three distinct personalities seemingly traveling in separate directions, it would seem that Leftover Crack would collapse the moment it came into existence. But amazingly, with the three forces bolting away from each other, each one anchors the other two from traveling too far, creating one heck of an interesting band.

That's why, when we get an unfiltered dose of just one of the members, it usually winds up being powerful, direct and devoid of concession. And with Morning Glory's first and only LP to date, This Is No Time ta Sleep, we get just that: Ezra's singular vision of how the world is and how it ought to be.

For those of you just getting into the Crack Rock Steady Beat, the spider web of bands can be confusing. So, here's a short and possibly incorrect history: In 1990, Scott Sturgeon (Stza Crack) formed No Commercial Value with Alec Baillie. This band imploded and Stza formed Choking Victim. Eventually, CV came to include Ezra in its ranks. CV broke up on the first day of recording their first LP. Two bands formed from the break-up of CV: Stza formed Leftover Crack; Ezra and Skwert, CV's drummer, formed INDK. Eventually, INDK broke up and Ezra joined LoC. Near the end of INDK Ezra created a side project called Morning Glory, which was composed of Ezra and about 20 or so other people who appeared on the recordings at different times. Later on, Brad Logan of F-Minus joined LoC after F-Minus disbanded. Whew! I think that's almost right.

This Is No Time ta Sleep was home-recorded and self-released by Ezra. Despite its humble beginnings, the album sounds like it was made in a professional studio. As with his LoC-penned songs, Ezra keeps a very melodic flow in his Morning Glory output. However, just because the songs are nice to listen to doesn't mean they don't have an edge to them, both sonically and lyrically.

The album starts with a soaring song that declares with "Things are gonna get better." Despite that being the first song, Ezra doesn't mean right now. The first track segues into an early version of "So Ya Wanna Be a Cop?," later covered by LoC. The anti-police messaging and confrontational lyrics which LoC has built its vibe upon checks in with a solemn ferocity. Ezra laments police brutality at the same time as threatening to shoot police officers. An interesting contradiction in every sense.

For most of the album, Ezra maintains a soaring texture with his almost Bruce Dickinson-like voice and melodic riffs. This means that when Morning Glory does decide to get down and dirty, the songs sound extra rough. The early version of "Gang Control" is almost as menacing as the NWA song from which it borrows its refrain, and it positions it over a menacing ska beat and snapping drums. Popeye, who fans will recognize from the CV song "Crack Rock Steady," puts a sandpaper edge to the words. When Ezra steps back from the mic on "Return of tha Bomb" to let rapper Redrum tear it up over a Limp Bizkit-like riff, he somehow miraculously not only makes it not suck, but be one of the best rap/rock combos next to "Sabotage."

While the songs feature a kaleidoscope of vocal variety, from both Stza and a score of other singers, the tempos of many of the songs tend to be similar. This speedy tempo was probably used to stress the urgency of Ezra's messages. Unfortunately, sometimes this also makes the messages blur together and difficult to separate. But, when the album does slow its tempo to press a feeling, the result comes through in spades. When the acoustic "The War Is Over" flows in after a moment of silence, its quietness is louder than most hardcore albums. But, then again, when the band is loud and fast, they totally blow the place out, too.

Throughout the album, Ezra employs the use of sound effects such as bombs dropping, air raid sirens, and machine guns blazing, just like a Public Enemy album. And just like a Public Enemy album, these sound effects which head and cap the songs give that extra support to the songs, highlighting just what might be on the political horizon and what already is. And of course, those jonesing for some LoC stylings will be skanking it up to the "So Ya Wanna Be a Cop?" reprise, which features Stza and Ezra going head to head on vocal duties, battling and supporting each other for mic control.

Unfortunately, This Is No Time ta Sleep is a very hard album to find. Ezra released it in very limited quantities, so if you're lucky enough to find a hard copy, it'll probably cost you a bundle. The other sources for the album are file sharing programs which usually have the tracks circulating around (a method the band usually endorses). But, a hard copy outlining the many people who preformed on the various tracks sure would be nice. Maybe we can convince Brad Logan to release it on his label, Blacknoise Records?

So, is Morning Glory better or worse than LoC? The answer: Yes, it is. Unadulterated Ezra commanding the controls creates a vivid soundscape, but doesn't quite have the variety of LoC. But, that's not such a bad thing as Ezra's singular view is pretty complex, definitely making it a good hit for Crack Rock Steady fans.

P.S. I mean "Nasty Wasty" in its most complimentary form.


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TSOL (March 24, 2010)

Probably the best 'crack rock steady' album and band, although that's not saying much.

SilentStorms (January 31, 2007)

Then shouldn't you speak Spanish or French or something?

Anonymous (January 29, 2007)

"...there‚??s Ezra, who epitomizes the virtuosic punk, announcing broad proclamations, championing the little guy, and unwavering in stern defiance."

Worst writing EVER. Reading that made me want to stop using English altogether.

SilentStorms (January 29, 2007)

I'll never listen to this band, but fantastic review!!! Great job! Score's for the review.

chokingvictim (January 28, 2007)

This CD is awesome, I wish i could find a hard copy.

not-to-regret (January 27, 2007)

If anyone here is into the Slackers I highly suggest you look for an album featuring original members of The Slackers such as Vic Ruggierio, called "The Nods: Before there was the Slackers there was the Nods". Fucking amazing, REAL ska-by the fucking book, it's from 1993 and was recorded before The Slackers were a band. I've only listened once but it was so good I want to write a review, which is very seldom for me...

sfbarker (January 27, 2007)

This is probably my favorite thing to come out of this group of people. However, the reviewer comes off like a fucking fanboy. Bruce Dickinson-like vocals??! Are you serious? Sounded like it was professionally recorded?!?!? I nearly pissed myself at both of those.

Also, LOC is mediocre at best these days. They pushed the envelope on a few song, but it's "remember the early-90s!!!" for the most part. Bands like the Suicide Machines did it much better. Ezra is better than a lot of that stuff, and this album was proof that he had vision beyond the boring old ska-punk world.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

This lengthy review has ta suck.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

Only thing good about Morning Glory is they contain LSA that you can trip off of. Fuck this pathetic band.

baseball (January 26, 2007)

some solid tunes on this, very enjoyable

fox82 (January 26, 2007)

You forgot to mention how crap the production is at times. The song-writing is pretty standard stuff he does with Stza in CV/LoC/etc..., proof being how the later EP was more conventional and LoC/CRS7 "covering" (read: appropriate) the Morning Glory ska/punk tunes. There is some experimentation on other tunes, particularly the acoustic tracks and the bonus tracks on the single that came around the same time as this.

I bought this at the first LoC show in London a few years back, it was a pretty rad show and couldn't wait to listen to this. It didn't dissappoint me, but it wasn't quite 'half-way between Satan and the Beatles' as they advertised it as. Props for the DIY nature of it.

spoon_of_grimbo (January 26, 2007)

nice review, i'd like to hear some of this if i can get limewire working.

can anyone tell me the deal about members of the crs7 being squatters? i mean, how exactly do musicians manage to live in a squat without getting their instruments stolen on a regular basis?

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

crs or not gasoline is a shit hot track

hubitcherkokov (January 26, 2007)

"Despite its humble beginnings, the album sounds like it was made in a professional studio."

It sounds like it was recorded in a garbage can.

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 26, 2007)

no cash isn't really part of the Crack Rock Steady family. stza produced the album but that doesn't really make it crs.

Hey_Asshole (January 26, 2007)

no cash is not a choking victim related band...no matter how bad they tried to sound like one. fucktard.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

sorry no cash's gasoline = best rap song from a CV band

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 26, 2007)

Good review, although i'm surprised you didn't mention 'Extraordinary'. thats my favourite song on the album.

Fuzzy (January 26, 2007)

Good album.

Not worth a review this long.

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