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late night lost wanderings n my daughter n chain and the gang yeahhhhh!!!

last nights late night walking lost wanderings and meanderins led us down some dark alleys n bottles of whiskey to see chain and the gang at thee parkside. my “daughter” treats ganger for life sarah pedal is on tour singin vocals with ian svenonius, n i guess the rest of the band is made up of jailbirds, convicts, captives, culprits, the accused… yeahhh so sick. i love my daughter, treats ganger sarah pedal. yay pedal i missed you.

toooooo good for any words except for svenonius’ himself …………………….. “Everywhere that liberty goes, it leaves a path of destruction. Fast food, bad architecture, materialism, rampant greed, environmental destruction, imperial conquest, class struggle; these phenomena, when combined, seem to be synonymous with “Liberty.” So just as it’s called “liberty” when war and greed stalk the land, Ian Svenonius calls his band Chain and the Gang. Like a true chain gang, they’re on the road to confront and defy any freedom-lovers that come across their path. They shuffle, manacled, across railway yards, and through graveyards; they’re on the side of the road, picking up the garbage as they walk, as people drive by, yelling at them. All they can do is become a chorus of metal meeting metal, hands hitting hands and a collective voice louder than one. It started with one lifer (Svenonius) and grew to include a gang of small time bandits with Calvin Johnson, Brett Lyman (Bad Thoughts), Sarah Pedal, Faustine Hudson (The Curious Mystery), Brian Weber (Dub Narcotic Sound System), Veronica Ortuño (Finally Punk), Nicolaas Zwart (Desolation Wilderness), Karl Blau, Lizet Ortuño, Chris Sutton (Hornet Leg), Sixx (The Vibrarians), Arrington de Dionyso, Aaron Hartman and Benjamin Hartman (Old Time Relijun). How do they describe their sound? Something they just found. They dug it up from the ground. Essential to that soil: guitar, drums, organ, saxophone and chants; paying off our collective debt to the universe. There are songs with a driving locomotive engine (“Reparations,” “Interview with the Chain Gang”), a full-on choir of the disenfranchised (“Cemetery Map,” “Deathbed Confession,” Trash Talk”) and disentangled, soul-influenced invitations to a celebration (“Room 19” and “Unpronounceable Name”). Down With Liberty … Up With Chains is simple and profound, the way a pebble on the beach is. There are no song cycles, sample beats, sequencers or baby pictures of the artist as a tot. The Gang is set to shuffle across the Land of Liberty in Spring 2009. Join them as they hope against hope, fan the flames, shake their fist and say “Yeh! Yeh! Down with Liberty! Up with Chains … Put those handcuffs on my hands.”


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yeah! saw them in austin last weekend. awesome show!

Comment by greer

Every time I talk to my ex-gf she insists on telling me how she makes out with Ian Svenonious every time he is in town.

Comment by Tommy Freebird

haaaaa i think i tried to kiss him and got denied, or maybe he kissed me? I can’t remember.

Comment by treatshq

that’s how people get the herp

Comment by miko habashi

the herb? i don’t hit the pipe man.

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