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The (International) Noise Conspiracy

The (International) Noise Conspiracy: A New Morning Changing WeatherA New Morning Changing Weather (2001)
Burning Heart

Reviewer Rating: 4
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As much as I try to think of an intelligent and witty opening to this review, I can't. I'm trying to make one of those clichéd comparisons constantly used to describe T(I)NC, something along the lines of "Elvis meets Che Guevara" or "The Who and Guy Deboard." Something that can only be understood b.
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As much as I try to think of an intelligent and witty opening to this review, I can't. I'm trying to make one of those clichéd comparisons constantly used to describe T(I)NC, something along the lines of "Elvis meets Che Guevara" or "The Who and Guy Deboard." Something that can only be understood by Marxists or situationists�

Those comparisons, while not incorrect, take away from one of the main goals of the Conspiracy: to present accessible politics and make you dance at the same time. The band has done two important things with this album. First, this musically this venture tops "Survival Sickness" in terms of variety and instrumentation. Second, they have distilled their politics into something very relevant and accessible.

Musically, the black mask collective plays "garage-punk." Their sound is a hybrid of late 70s punk, the Mod sounds of the Who and the Kinks, MC5 style rock, and 60s soul. Very few bands have touched on this combination; notable exceptions would be the Hives or the Division Of Laura Lee. (Funny that since I've written this garage revival has exploded with bands like the Strokes and the White Stripes. What was not a mainstream phenomena is now very much one)

It's evident upon hearing the very first track that the Noise Conspiracy have listened to their critics and improved their song writing. Prior to the release of this album, a statement said "The Conspiracy dances to a slightly different beat this time around." The "different beat" in question is a fuller sounding rhythm section. The band has been criticized for having a very hollow sound in the past but this has been greatly improved on. Bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Ludwig Dahlberg provide a fluid, moving background. Dennis Lyxzén's vocals are passionate and urgent, jumping at times from his soft singing to anguished screams. Sara Almgren's organ is better incorporated into the band's sound then before. Lars Strömberg's minimalist guitar riffs maintain the band's very roots-rock sound.

The album flows very well in its entirety, connected by a series of transitions ranging from minute long jams to a distorted few bars of the Kink's "You Really Got Me." Guest musicians add subtle saxophones, pianos and horn arrangements to the songs. The fantastically named single "Capitalism Stole My Virginity" is a great anthem for the band. The distorted, swampy "Last Century Promise" follows. There are some fantastic shout along lines in "Breakout 2001" and "Born Into A Mess." "Dead Language Of Love" transitions seamlessly into the title track. "Bigger Cages, Longer Chains" and "New Empire Blues" works some jazzy saxaphone solos into sound of the Conspiracy.

Politically, the abstract interpretations of Marxism and criticisms of popular culture from the linear notes of "Survival Sickness" have been replaced by a biting commentary of modern day Capitalism. It's difficult to accuse Lyxzén of waving a red flag and using socialism as a fashion accessory. The focused politics are accompanied by a reading list of modern, relevant discussions. Readings explaining autonomist Marxism, situationism, the independent media, the anti-corporate movement and the open source project show that T(I)NC is very much living in today's world.

It's hard to say, "politics aside, this is a fantastic album," as the bands politics are such an important part of what they are. However this IS an awesome album. If you were hesitant to check out the Conspiracy before I strongly suggest giving this a listen.

Singles:

Capitalism Stole My Virginity

  • This was released by the like-minded G7 Welcoming Committee in North America and by Burning Heart in Europe. It includes two fantastic b-sides, the anthemic "Ever Felt Cheated?" and the keyboard driven "United By Haircuts."

    Up For Sale

  • This was released strictly by Burning Heart records, but is still available in North America. It includes two the b-sides "Weighing War On Coma" and "Written On The Bourgeois Body." Both tracks see the band taking a dirty Stooges- inspired take on their signature sound.

     

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    Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

    Oh, my world. It is ok

    Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

    Love these guys and girl, but after Sara left and they made "Armed Love" they definetly slumped. I want Sara back, besides the fact she was easy on the eyes she was an awesome musician.

    Anonymous (January 14, 2005)

    If you want to see them live, look at these pictures taken in TOULOUSE/ FRANCE : http://www.internationalnoiseconspiracy.tk/

    Downsideup (September 5, 2004)

    It's great! they gave a new kind of sound to punk music.

    punk_kid (March 13, 2002)

    for the last prick: if you liked refused that much it would be because of their lyrics and cause, which is continued in T(I)NC.

    Anonymous (October 30, 2001)

    This band is a Disapointment!
    If you at all were a fan of Refused you wont like this Slow Boring poped out Indie rock Bullshit from this band!
    Not worth the time!

    Anonymous (October 27, 2001)

    Thanks for the correction ;)

    Also, if any are interested in more garage-punk, there's a great series of records on the Teenage Shutdown label (distro'd by Crypt, I think) called, aptly enough, the "Teenage Shutdown" series. I think there's nearly twenty volumes by now, and all of them mine obscure, OBSCURE songs by bands that were probably together only for a couple months and recorded a single in 60's and 70's. I have volume one, "Jump, Jive and Harmonize", and its worth it just for the title track alone.

    There's many other compilations--there's actually a whole cult for this kind of music--but the Teenage Shutdown is purportedly one of the best.

    --Cos

    coldjuly (October 27, 2001)

    Oh yeah Shindo...your review was also recognized by epitaph.com. Way to go. Maybe they will start looking to punknews.org for new album reviews. Because this site is superior to all. Oh yeah, It's that good.

    coldjuly (October 25, 2001)

    Yeah e-music is awesome! Tons of cool shit...good quality shit and It's not too expensive.

    sickboi (October 25, 2001)

    Dude, emusic is pretty dope. I use it. 15 bux a month gives me unlimited access to the catalogs of Epitaph (Burningheart, Hellcat), Fearless, Victory, Equal Vision and more. Lots of indie hip-hop too.

    maverick (October 24, 2001)

    Just for the record, I fixed the mp3 link so no one has to go through shitty eMusic. So download that song!

    Anonymous (October 24, 2001)

    "the bands politics are such an important part of what they are." how very appropriate for what actually embodies T(I)NC. Can't wait to see it spinning on my stereo.

    Anonymous (October 24, 2001)

    cos: I'm guessing shindo meant that there is either very few bands who have a wide distributation of their work, or that there are few bands compared to other genres of punk.

    cos (October 24, 2001)

    "Very few bands have touched on this combination; notable exceptions would be the Hives or Liberator."

    There are probably hundreds of bands operating in the States alone on the whole "garage-punk" phenomenon. Nation of Ulysses and the Make-Up instantly spring to mind (they also have the political connection), The Pattern from SF, and the entire Estrus! (spell?) Records roster.

    I think the (I)NC is great, they destroy live, i loved "Survival Sickness" and can't wait to hear this one, their booklets are awesome, but they will ALWAYS be "fronted by the former singer of the Refused". Too bad Dennis had to scream "We need new noise", thereby damning his future unprogressive efforts forever.

    --Cos

    Anonymous (October 24, 2001)

    That was a great review, better than many magazines. Personal, yet professional. I know I want this CD, and I could've gotten it last weekend, but I wanted the Faint and Bright Eyes more. I hope their sound is still alittle hollow, that made it great. felt like i should be listening ot it on record. but really great review!

    Anonymous (October 24, 2001)

    that was the best review ive read on this site. and its a great album too. rock.

    Anonymous (October 24, 2001)

    Dammit, you beat me to the review. Curse you, Shindo! =) The album is great, everyone should go buy it.

    -Scott

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