Sam McPheeters/Catholic Church 5
Reviewed by Megan Shaw
Monday, December 21 1998, 10:53 PM
"Give me liberty or give me death!" exhorts Sam McPheeters (of Born Against and Men's Recovery Project) in his rousing rendition of Patrick Henry's historic speech. I wish this monologue were clearer, the recording is fuzzy, and so is the intent. If the speech were framed by, or mixed with, some dialogue about contemporary political issues, then the significance of quoting Henry in 1998 would be much more evident. As it is, the listener can simply enjoy it and interpret it as she wishes. Given McPheeters' background as vocalist for the unforgettably angry latest punk group Born Against, I assume that in recording Henry's speech, he is invoking a relationship between punk rock and America's 18th century rebellious history. The flip side, The Catholic Church, is a track of basic danceable noise punk. Lyrics being unintelligible and not apparent in the liner notes, textual meaning is uninterepretable. By the way, this little record lies when it claims to be a 45. It is a 33.
Vermiform Records POB 603050 Providence RI 02906