Chain and the Gang have released five uncompromising records over the past 8 years -- Down with Liberty... Up With Chains!, Music’s Not For Everyone, In Cool Blood, Minimum Rock ’n’ Roll, and the impending Experimental Music -- each one a brilliant tossed off sketchbook of insolence and provocation. You got them all, or always meant to. Now, YOU DON'T HAVE TO!!! Now, Best of Crime Rock is the only one you need.
Chain and the Gang, led by Ian Svenonius (of seminal DC bands Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up), Anna Nasty on bass, and Francy Graham on guitar, with Mark Cisneros on drums, deliver Best of Crime Rock -- a collection of new recordings of hits from the band's uncompromising discography, along with two brand new songs (“The Logic of Light” and “Come Over”), all recorded last winter. Best of Crime Rock is easily their best record yet, with the most passion, the most accuracy, the most cunning, the most vigor.
Every song on is a classic, each lyric an anthem. The tunes are simplistic to the point of parody; call and response rhythm chants which infiltrate the consciousness and leave the listener transformed forever. Each group member is a star. But together they’re something greater than the parts. An irresistible combo that provides the best hope for the future and the only answer to the embarrassing slime pit called “culture” nowadays.
Chain and the Gang are different than the rest. You won’t see their name on the garbage heap of hyped bands pushed by paid-off web-zine tastemakers. They’re not “jingle-core,” tattooed onto your subconscious via Madison Avenue mind-control ad campaigns. They’re not middle brow indie listening for Prius owning cubicle rockers or a tiresome teenage retread of ‘90s surrender sludge.
No. Chain and the Gang are singular, terrifying, unparalleled. Not only the most ferocious live combo ever witnessed but also the world’s only anti-liberty rock ’n’ roll group. Their motto? “Down with Liberty ... Up with Chains!”
Chain and the Gang don’t care about grades, likes, traffic or hits. They don’t pander to the corrupt institutions who molest rock ’n’ roll and use it as their plaything. Chain & Co. don’t play that game. They want total destruction of the insipid rock ’n’ roll status quo and the foul system it purports to offer relief from –- but in fact keeps afloat.
Chain and the Gang - Best of Crime Rock
[June 2, 2017 - In The Red]
2. Certain Kinds of Trash
3. Why Not?
4. The Logic of Night
5. I See Progress
6. What Is a Dollar?
7. Mum’s the Word
8. Free Will
9. Come Over
10. Livin' Rough
11. ‘Nuff Said
12. Deathbed Confession