epilogue vol 1

Radio 4 - Gotham LP (x Sleepasaurus)


2002 should be remembered as being a fine year for American groups bringing their British '80s influences bang up to date and relevant again. So while Liars capture the essence of Gang Of Four, Interpol tackle Joy Division and this year's Jesus And Mary Chain are Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Radio 4 aim for The Clash's post-'London Calling' phase. It's another ambitious step to take and one which should provide many pitfalls but once again it's another brave and successful excursion. With vocals recalling the vitriol of Mick Jones and a sustained melodic intensity 'Gotham!' is another post-punk exemplar. 'Our Town', 'Dance To The Underground' and 'Save Your City' are driven, urgent anthems which sound a rallying cry for the disenfranchised. Perhaps even more satisfyingly, 'Struggle' and 'Pipe Bombs' re-enact The Clash's experimental dubbing techniques. Purists may scoff that this music is unoriginal but it would be foolish to moan when some of this revivalist material has a level of consistency which surpasses the original work. Mute.


Brooklyn dance punk from the early 2000s.  Members played in Garden Variety, Computer Cougar, Milhouse, Sleepasaurus, The Bogmen, and more.

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