Explosive, violent and for the most part terrifically precise, "The Treaty of New Echota" is definitely a feather in the collective cap of The United Sons of Toil. Make that their faded, grease-and-sweat-smeared work cap.
The lead song on the band's new album Until Lions Have Their Historians, Tales of the Hunt Shall Always Glorify the Hunter from Sector Five Records, this tough, neo-noise rock harks back to a superannuated Rust Belt world of drop forges and blast furnaces with ever angry, chopping chord and sharp, pile-driving beat. Singer/guitarist Russell E. Hall's fascination with the cerebral aggression of old-school noise stars like Big Black and Tar is obvious, but there's also more than a hint of breathless '80s hardcore here, too, which makes "Echota" far less antiseptic than most math-rock.
Strong feelings have a place in Hall and company's brainy esthetic, and the outrage he expresses here over the controversial treaty that ceded all Cherokee lands east of the Mississippi to the United States has a feral intensity about it. As of course it should.
Looking for a musical analog of your favorite Howard Zinn tome? This is it.
An MP3 of the track is available in the related downloads at right. More songs by the band can be listened to on its MySpace page. The United Sons of Toil held a release party for their new album last Saturday, May 24 at The Project Lodge, where they played with Dick the Bruiser in the opening for the "Small Change" art show by Beth Wellinghoff.
"Old friends and new fans turned up and there was some awesome energy in the room," declared Hall after the party. This was probably the last show for some time by the band, which is in the process of shifting its lineup. As they declare, "stay tuned."
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