Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band With Choir Discography
"This Is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing,
The amateur choir assembled for the \'fasola\' sing-along on the opening track sets the tone for an exuberant, community-rallying protest music that constitutes the spiritual foundation of the record. Destruction of communities (foreign and local) are lamented and eulogised in the songs that follow, culminating in the album closer: an ode to the empty railyard terrain adjacent to the neighbourhood where the band, along with many other Montreal musicians and artists, have lived for a decade or more. This land is now being swallowed up by big box and condo development. This is Our Punk-Rock... addresses the local/universal demise of uncontrolled and unregulated urban landscapes -- a demise that stretches from the docile walls of superstore complexes and protest \'pens\' in the West to outright military surveillance, harassment and murderous \'surgical\' strikes by Western-backed armies in South America and the Middle East. This unbroken curve is at the heart of Mt. Zion\'s poetics and politics -- this is their punk-rock.