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Savage Republic “Next To Nothing”


Three days in a row with repeat artists!  Time to branch out…

I mentioned Savage Republic when talking about Explode Into Colors last week, and here’s a good example why. The production is super-tinny indie-’80s, but the heavy rhythm section is obvious, and it’s a primary reason why Tragic Figures is a classic.  I remember picking up this record because I was already a huge fan of Savage Republic founder Bruce Licher’s ’90s instrumental band, Scenic. This earlier music is much rougher and more aggressive, but there’s some continuity there for sure. “Next To Nothing” stands out as an album highlight with its fey incantations of despair over a herky-jerky beat.  After I played it on a fill-in show on WORT, somebody called in and asked what that awesome song was, so it must not just be me, right?

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