Ever wanted to see a group that calls itself punk and ideologically syncs with punk but doesn't really make punk rock? If so, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is your ticket. The long-running, shape-shifting Montreal outfit led by Efrim Menuck (more famously of Godspeed You! Black Emperor) has gone out of its way to identify with the more heart-on-the-sleeve, truth-to-power-speaking side of the genre. “You can be misfits or losers completely without family and completely without money and still make something out of nothing. That's what we do,” Menuck said in a 2010 interview. In practice, Mt. Zion's output more closely resembles post-rock or experimental rock. January's Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, the band's seventh full-length, builds raw, makeshift epics out of desperate poetry, uneasy strings, and guitar melodies swaddled in tornadoes of squealing distortion. Mt. Zion's music might not always be pretty, but it uses its chaos to make you feel big, disconcerting feelings — and that's pretty goddamn punk.
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