CRASS: ‘CHRIST ALIVE – The Rehearsal’, in arrivo il 23 luglio (One Little Ind Records)

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Tra i migliori rappresentanti della scena anarco-punk dagli anni ’70, Crass annunciano ‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’, la pubblicazione in occasione del Record Store Day, in arrivo in formato fisico il 17 luglio ed in formato digitale il 23 luglio. I proventi verranno devoluti a favore di Refuge, contro le violenze domestiche nei confronti delle donne e dei bambini. Registrato nel 1982 su un’antica macchina per cassette Tascam nello studio di prova di Crass alla Dial House, ‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’ documenta il processo spesso estenuante dietro la realizzazione di una canzone. Data la natura esigente dei lavori finiti di Crass, è illuminante sentirli combattere contro i risultati che alla fine hanno dato loro la struttura per “Christ the Album”, che secondo ogni calcolo deve essere visto come il loro momento migliore. Ad anticipare ‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’, il brano ‘Buy Now Pay As You Go’

CRASS‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’17 luglio formato fisico (edizione limitata in vinile)23 luglio, formato digitaleOne Litte Independent Records – Bertustracklist Have A Nice Day – Mother Love – Nineteen Eighty Bore – I Know There Is Love 
Beg Your Pardon – Birth Control ‘N’ Rock ‘N’ Roll – Reality Whitewash 
The Greatest Working-Class Ripp-Off – Deadhead – You Can Be Who?
Buy Now Pay You Go – Bumhooler – First Woman – Sentiment (White Feathers) 
Major General Despair For Record Store Day this year, One Little Independent, on behalf of Crass Records, are delighted to present a new album; ‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’, limited to 1,000 units. Once again, all proceeds will be going to Refuge to help provide specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence.A rare insight into the workings of Crass, spattered with the workings of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5thSymphony.Recorded in 1982 on an ancient Tascam cassette machine in Crass’ rehearsal studio at Dial House, ‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’ documents the ofttimes gruelling process behind the making of a song. Given the exacting nature of Crass’ finished works, it’s illuminating to hear them battling out results which eventually gave them the structure to ‘Christ the Album’, which by any reckoning has to be seen as their finest hour.In late 2020, suffering from the isolating effects of Covid 19, Penny Rimbaud and Charles Webber got together at Allen Road Studios to “muck about” with the old rehearsal tapes, editing them down to a digestible 12” LP scale. Having achieved this arduous task, they then consulted the oracle and, for no greater reason than he was readily available, came up with the idea of adding Beethoven to the mix. The BBC had that week offered a free download of stems for the first five and a half minutes of the 5th Symphony, in much the same way Crass had done for their ambitious ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand Remix Project’ that also continues to raise vital funds for Refuge. It was a synchronicity which wasn’t to be missed.From then on it was an uphill climb holding Ludwig back from completely smothering what in comparison now appeared to be somewhat modest offerings from Crass. But with the determination of Sisyphus, the brute was somehow tamed and some kind of order was made of the turmoil. Call it Crasshoven if you like, but this is a noble attempt to blend together two highly motivated but historically divorced forms of music to make sense in a world which seems progressively to make no sense at all.Penny Rimbaud tells us; “When Charles Webber and myself played back the mixes in a final run through, we firstly looked at each other rather seriously and then collapsed into convulsive laughter over the utter absurdity of what had been created. Crass were deadly serious about what they did and, no doubt, so was Beethoven, but put them together and never mind the revolution, the circus comes to town; mind the gap, dadi dada do, and that, I guess, is the point; challenge a myth, and it’ll fart in your face. And next week? Wagner takes on Wiley? That should be a laugh.”The brittlest and most hard-line radical of the first wave of British punk bands, Crass issued a blitz of records that were ruthless in both their unrelenting socio-political screeds and their amelodic crash of noise. The horrors of war, the arbitrary nature of legal justice, sexism, media imagery, organized religion, the flaws of the punk movement itself — all were subjected to harsh critique. Like few other rock bands before or since, Crass took rock-as-agent-of-social-and-political-change seriously, and not just in their music. In addition to putting out their own fiercely independent records (though the majors were certainly not knocking at their door), they also formed an anarchist commune that worked with other artists and labels, and on the behalf of various political causes.They were the definitive uncompromising punk band, which guaranteed them a cult following amongst the disaffected youth. An undiluted lyrical message was far more important to Crass than commercial considerations, and until 1984 they cranked out anarchist-leaning recordings and experimental cuts, branching into tape collage and spoken poetry.Crass always intended to disband in 1984, and true to their ideals as always, they did exactly that when the year came around. They gained recognition as one of the relatively few acts in the music who aimed to live their values rather than just sing about them.Available on black vinyl in a single sleeve with printed inner-bag, ‘CHRIST ALIVE! – The Rehearsal’ is being released exclusively as part Record Store Day 2021.Website

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