Northern Liberties Secret
By Marcus Pan
Northern Liberties bypass all
the heavy handed mixing and remastering thats going on today, and deliver
a brasher edged thrashy punk style with their Secret Revolution release.
Made up of Justin Duerr (voice, percussion, art), K. (bass) and Marc Duerr
(drums & cymbals though I find it silly to list cymbals, really)
they keep a very down trodden sound that works for them most of the time.
Occasionally theyll get a little over the top with it, but its a
fun kind of over the top a big fuck off to the music industry
Drums in particular are very hard edged, well played and
recorded high throughout. Marcs an accomplished drummer with an
all-over-the-place attitude to his art. This is apparent from the beginning,
especially on the drum happy Angels with Broken Glass Teeth. I love the
trippy bass in Mold combined with the drums they make for a solid
mix alone. Here the vocals are half-assed done, with reasoning towards the
basement style and industry flipping.
Lonely is interesting in its ballad attitude slammed
against angry vocals. Auto Pilot is a melodic thrash piece done with
style, though it will get a bit messy vocals floating away from the rest
of the pack. An interesting piece though. Beyond Beyond is deep down
rumbling track, great basswork by K. As we move through the half way point of
Secret Revolution the album gets a bit thrashier and unkempt.
Dont Kill My Sister for example is crude-level Ahab Rex and
Monument even has similar guitar riffage to stoner
rock, surprising me in its Blind Dog stylings. The drumwork of
Mainframe once again shows the prowess of Marc Duerr, with K. joining
him to create a heavy-handed rhythmic wall of sound. Nicely done. Latter tracks
on the album, especially those after the listed fourteen (theres a couple
bonus tracks thrown on here for good measure), are done very sloppily and
probably ended up on here as an afterthought it seems.
Northern Liberties have some interesting work here on
Secret Revolution. Thrashy but occasionally melodic to add a bit of a
twist, a nod to the basement level of music creation without the overly done
mastering coming from the big boys of the industry. Strays occasionally a bit
too far into this, sometimes, as Northern Liberties look for that happy medium.
Excellent drumming and bass, a bit boorish with the vocals. But otherwise
its lots of fun, noisy and boorish but never cumbersome.
Post: PO Box 42728, Philadelphia, PA, 19101, USA
 Rollin With the Ahab Rex Quartet
was reviewed in Legends
 Alice Donuts Three
Sisters was reviewed in Legends
 Captain Dog Rides Again was
reviewed in Legends
#113 and Blind Dog Rides Again was
reviewed in Legends #138.
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