Review of Joy Thieves “Cities In Dust”

Artist: Joy Thieves

Album: Cities in Dust

Label: Armalyte

Hometown: Chicago IL

Members: Holy Shit too many to count 🙂 Please see Facebook link below Chris Connelly , Dave Suycott , Louis Svitek , Ania Tarnowska , Eric Liljehorn , Mike Reidy , Matthew Clark , James Scott , Dan Milligan , Michael Allen , John Fryer , Lana Guerra , Gordon Young , Howie Beno , Mike Czarnik

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheJoyThieves/about/?ref=page_int

https://armalyte.bandcamp.com/album/the-joy-thieves-cities-in-dust

The Joy Thieves are a massive collaboration with over thirty contributors gathered together by Dan Milligan. When i first heard this EP my initial description was “This is what it would sound like if Clutch beat the shit out of Stabbing Westward with a baseball bat” I still stand by that. This record has a ton of big name Industrial contributors and the Pigface, Ministry, Chicago Industrial sound is prevalent. To me what really made this record shine was the hard rock aspects charging forward which included aspects of industrial. Not the other way around. Dan is a drummer by trade and this percussion fills every inch of space and creates such electric movement. These tracks have melody and catchy hooks, but it’s the teeth that sets them apart. It bites hard, visceral, and does not let you go.

This EP includes remixes and a cover of “Siouxsie and the Banshees” sung by the amazing Ania Tarowska of I Ya Toyah. Her vocals are a fierce guttural homage to the queen of goth punk and pulls off something I had lost hope for. Making a song that was so incredible it had been overplayed into the ground, sound fresh and crackling with energy once again. The musicianship on the guitars make every song sizzle with true foot stomping ferocity of rabid wolves attacking in unison. Every song finds a way to build in succession and find a new voice.

Lets talk about favorite tracks. It is an EP so I will limit to two.

Honeycomb and Silk – This song is a freaking master class in percussion and drive. Thick slashing guitars are chased like wild horses by whip crack snare snaps. The vocals are a driving chant with range and intensity. I just want to play this song and break shit.

Cities in Dust – I hate to use a cover for best tracks but this one is a show stopper. There was so much potential to go wrong covering this song. Cities in Dust has been played at every goth night since the Vandals sacked Rome. Although I love it I almost dread hearing it at this point. Then Dan and company found a way to turn it up to 11. Ania attacks it with a ferocity I think Siouxsie herself would be proud of. Plus the humming guitar lead really cuts through the mix to give a blistering hard rock feel. They made me give a shit about Cities in Dust again.

Overall this EP was a blistering fresh romp through the wild west of hard rock on an mechanical horse. The lineup is so chocked full of talent it couldn’t help but obliterate every target it set sights on. Sometimes you just need to flay with reckless abandon and swing your arms to intense perfect precision drum beats. This is the album to do that to. Turn it on, max your volume, and scream until your neighbors know just who they are fucking with.

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Go Fight : Tokyo Sexwale

Band: Go Fight

Album: Tokyo Sexwale

Label: Go Station

Jim Marcus; Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Synths, Noise 
Daniel Evans: Bass, Guitar, Synths, Noise 
Vince McAley: Drums, Percussion, Noise 
Mission Marcus: Bass, Guitar, Noise 

Produced, Mixed and Mastered at: Go Station 

https://gofight.bandcamp.com/album/tokyo-sexwale

https://www.facebook.com/gofightband/

So I am excited for this review of Go Fight’s album “Tokyo Sexwale”. As a young angry man in the early 90s I never had a punk rock phase to express that feeling. Instead I found Industrial music as that outlet. I heard Pretty Hate Machine at 14 and I was all in. Most of what Industrial music came to mean to me was an expression of that angst I felt at the world. I went to a show around 1995 to see two bands Sister Machine Gun and Die Warzau. It really left me changed in my mindset that this music I loved full of drum machines and thick remixed heavy metal guitar was possible of so much more range in emotion and tone. Fast forward 24 years and I am listening to Pat Allen’s radio program when he plays a song called Chemical by Go Fight. That feeling was back, Pat used the wonderful term “fundustrial” but what really struck me was that same feeling of serious concepts carried with a beautiful pop energy. Then I learned of the connection between Die Warzau and Go Fight. While I danced my tail off around my bedroom I was transported back those 25 years by this fresh searing explosion of sound.

This album is all crisp sexy motion, covered in a layer of technicolor slime, and spun through a cement mixer. Jim Marcus has one of those unique and captivating voices that leads you in rhythmic chants mixed in with beautiful call and answer melodies. The songs keep building and driving pulling and pushing you around the dance floor. I don’t know if anyone in the business is writing better drum loops and fills in heavy dance music. These lyrics are anything but pop fluff. These are heady, often political, very in your face real challenges that are such a wonderful contradiction to the hot club feel of the music. This is music inspiration. Full of fight and life. Full of hope and energy. Evans and Marcus do a masterful job of laying bass, guitar, and tapestry to the vocals without overshadowing. They are the fire that fuels this engine. My only regrets about this album are that I didn’t find it sooner.

Standout tracks:

Chemical – I’ll start with this because it was my introduction to Go Fight but also because this song is a total jam. It starts with Marcus doing a sexy spoken chant describing the strange and complicated world of modern dating in technology. It’s so tongue and cheek but speaks to a relevant issue that touches on real emotion. Also the hook on the chorus is impossible not to sing along to. I challenge anyone to hear this song and not go running for the nearest dance floor.

Another Fucking Love Song – This one is another single but that crunchy guitar riff and Jim’s blues driven cadence sung with such venom and drive. Again they are really taking on a serious feeling that faces our culture and wrapping it in a golden industrial disco wrapper.

Queer the World – Great title! This bass line is coming at you right off the bat and sways you while the guitar cuts. Telling a series of stories in concrete terms before leading up to that deep chant of Queer the World. It makes me want to join the revolution right now.

Overall this album is one I can’t believe I found so late in 2018. It is so full of everything I love about music and fired from a glorious bright colored cannon of progressive ideals and themes I related to. It also makes me want to dig through my old cds to find Die Warzau. Seriously this record belongs on every modern dance mix in the world. I love every aspect of it. Got buy it!