Magazine article New Internationalist

(Rhythm Activism. Blood & Mud)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Rhythm Activism. Blood & Mud)

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From out of Montreal's lively, artistic, anarchist underground comes Blood and Mud. Inspired by the Zapatista uprising, it's a stunning mix of violins, grating guitars, quirky sound effects and humour. Norman Nawrocki's growl-speak (he isn't a great singer) is just right for tracks about the life in the free zone and does a nice tongue-in-cheek advertisement for jobs in the NAFTA-inspired maquiladoras as well. The CD runs from lush stylized ballads to what Rhythm Activism calls 'gypsy grunge'. This is the band's twelfth release since 1986 when they came on the scene with their unique brand of rock-'n'-roll cabaret, targeting male machismo and supporting Canadian native struggles by the Mohawks (Oka) and the Innu (Labrador).

This album is coloured by the dark humour of the oppressed, familiar to readers of B Traven or viewers of the mural art of Sequires and Rivera. …

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