Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra have just confirmed a new album entitled Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ) has traced a barbed-wire arc of genre-defying protest music since its inception in 1999. Formed by Efrim Menuck, with Thierry Amar and Sophie Trudeau, the initial iteration of the band was a predominantly instrumental trio that forged a more intimate and ragged chamber-punk than Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the other group in which all three founding SMZ members also played (and continue to play). Through seven albums from 2000-2010, SMZ expanded its line-up and shifted towards an increasing use of lead and group vocals, with Menuck penning politically-charged lyrics to anchor long-form multi-movement compositions that juxtaposed electrified guitars against a 4-piece string section of violins, cello and contrabass.
Most recently, SMZ has pared back to five players, with Menuck's massive spectrum-spanning electric guitar sound emerging as the spine around which two violins, bass (now more often electric than acoustic) and drums are deployed. SMZ have managed a handful of short tours in the past couple of years (in the gaps between GYBE commitments) and as anyone who has seen the band in its recent incarnation can attest, their current sound is more honed, laser-guided and bone-rattling than ever, melding hardcore, blues, garage and dark metal influences that have nothing to do with anything so quaint as “post-rock” (a tag the group has always and rightly rejected).
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is the first definitive document of the band's newfound sound and style as a quintet. It’s also their first single LP-length work since the band’s debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago
To hear an excerpt from the album click here.
The band have confirmed a London show at Koko for February - tickets are on sale now, details below...
ARTIST: Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra
SUPPORT ACTS: tbc
DATES: Sunday 23rd February 2014
TICKET PRICE : £17.50 stbf
VENUE ADDRESS: 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
VENUE TELEPHONE: +44 870 432 5527
AGE RESTRICTIONS: Strictly Over 16s (Photographic ID required to gain entry)
DOORS: 7.00pm - 11.00pm