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Live At Criminal Records 09.29.12
Live At Criminal Records 09.29.12
Artist: Christ Lord
Format: Vinyl

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Label: CRIMINAL RECORDS
Catalog: 10114
Rel. Date: 05/07/2013
UPC: 040232019098

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The second in its series of series of live recordings from Criminal Records is a riotous 12" vinyl release by the Atlanta ensemble Christ, Lord. Paste Magazine writes, "The EP was recorded during an energetic in-store performance in September [of 2012]. The six-piece band combines the sounds of traditional drum and electric guitar beats with a mix of mandolin, tuba, trumpet, accordion and upright bass to produce an erupting eclectic sound."

This recording fully encapsulates what is best about an in-store show as it features this bold and energetic band at the height of their macabre ferocity. Although it is only six songs long, by the end of side A the songs will feel as familiar as if they were old lullabies, while the flipside is off the rails from the start continuing through to the raucous climax of "Saraghina," leaving the listener longing for a full studio album. Christ, Lord will be be returning to the Criminal Records stage (along with von Grey and Mood Rings) to celebrate Record Store Day on April 20th, 2013.

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from Paste:

Atlanta’s Criminal Records will release Christ, Lord’s latest six-track EP Live at Criminal Records in celebration of Record Store Day on April 20.

The EP was recorded during an energetic in-store performance in September. Consisting of Christian Ballew, Billy Mitchell, Brandon Camarda, Ryan Lamb, Adam Mincey and Julian Hinshaw, Christ, Lord began writing songs together in 2009 in an Atlanta apartment complex. The six-piece band combines the sounds of traditional drum and electric guitar beats with a mix of mandolin, tuba, trumpet, accordion and upright bass to produce an erupting eclectic sound.

from Latest Disgrace:

There is a certain darkness lurking in the corner of every Christ, Lord song. Even at its most blithe and whimsical, you can’t help but feel something maudlin hiding behind all those gypsy stomps and vaudevillian flair-ups. Call it a matter of aesthetics. For all their gifts for melody and storytelling, it’s difficult not to define the group by their medieval quirks and musical eccentricities, which often border on the baroque. A lot of bands paint pictures with their sounds; Christ, Lord tend to emphasize the shadows against the light, creating a compositional chiaroscuro effect that lures you into the center of their songs.

The band is currently working on a pair of releases, the first being a live 12″ recorded for Criminal Records’ new “Live at Criminal Records” series that is due out on April 20th, otherwise known as Record Store Day. The second release is the group’s next, yet-to-be-named studio effort from which the track below is pulled. Tentatively titled “Cats Cats Cats,” the song finds the band stripping away some of their more stylistic accoutrements and settling into a mysterious mid-tempo lurch punctuated by flashes of fiddle, lunging accordions, brassy trumpet blasts and Christian Ballew’s plaintive vocals. I wouldn’t call it menacing, but there’s definitely a hint of something sinister in the track’s portentous groove, which would naturally make anyone think of, well, what else but—cats. As in kitty cats. Makes perfect sense, right?

I bring this up only because the band wants to make a video. Specifically they want to make a video with cats. Lots of cats. And, if you’re game, your kitty can be a part of all the fun. Via their Bandcamp page, the group has asked fans to email them up to three clips of their beloved felines so that the group can compile the footage into something magical. The only rules are that the clips be 20 seconds or less and that the email include the name of the cat(s) and permission to use them in the video. Sounds easy enough. What will become of the clips is anyone’s guess, but you can count me in as curious.

Give a listen to “Cats Cats Cats” below and then head over to the group’s Bandcamp page where you can download the track for any price you choose.

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