Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Primal Scream

Primal Scream have always been the most obvious modern-day torchbearers of the inimitable punk spirit that flared so spectacularly in its heyday of the mid to late 1970s. Channelling the sneery, take-no-prisoners approach of seminal punk acts like The Stooges, The Clash and the Sex Pistols, Primal Scream successfully updated punk-rock to a wholly contemporary form and configuration that meshes perfectly with today's post-modern state of affairs. This band of unkempt, combative and assured musical revolutionaries broke down the doors with a toxic mixture of snarling, monster-sized guitar riffs, trippy dub soundscapes, caustic industrial rhythms and a healthy, perpetual anti-establishment stance that has made them contemporaries of other agit-prop ranters like Fugazi and the now-defunct Rage Against the Machine. To get a sampler of the Scream Team's effortless propensity in blending classic rock grooves with updated dance textures, check out 2000's 'Kill All Hippies', a bleak but strong transmission from a post-apocalyptic wasteland, all unearthly electronic waves and unsettling radio samples, backed by a defiantly post-modernist, Oblique Strategies-inspired video.


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