YRU Still Here?

YRU Still Here?

by Marc Ribot's Ceramic DogMarc Ribot's Ceramic Dog


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From the start of YRU Still Here?, Marc Ribot proclaims his intent, sneering "I got a right to be unhappy/I got a right to say 'Fuck You!'/I got a right to ignore everything you say, my feelings are political." Titled "Personal Nancy," as in Nancy Spungen, the doomed paramore of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, the song plays as an anthem for the fractured psyche of America in the Trump age. Which is exactly the point of YRU Still Here?, the pugilistic, stylistically expansive third album from Ceramic Dog, guitarist/singer Ribot's punk-infused trio with bassist/singer Shahzad Ismaily and drummer/singer Ches Smith. Grounded by Ribot's mutative, buzzy guitar lines and the band's taut, often humorous lyrics piping with literate rage, YRU Still Here? has the feel of an '80s hardcore punk 7" recorded on a four-track over an intense few hours. While the band's dissonant, MC5-esque brand of punk, improvisational jazz, and avant-garde rock has always evinced a kind of leftist artistic ire, it's never been as overtly politically and socially minded as it is here. On the blistering "Muslim Jewish Resistance," Ribot and his bandmates (egged on by Briggan Krauss' fiery saxophone squelch) present a unified vision, bucking authoritarian oppression and cultural divisiveness with the proclamation "We say never again/Believe it." Of course, Ceramic Dog's intent is never in doubt here. Cuts like the kinetic, rap-inflected "Fuck la Migra," a pro-immigration, anti-ICE anthem that sounds like the Beastie Boys backed by Sonic Youth, make that explicitly clear. Elsewhere, there are equally thrilling forays into Afro-beat ("Pennsylvania 6 6666"), Cramps-style surf rock insanity ("Agnes"), noise funk ("Oral Sidney with a 'U'"), and psychedelic raga ("Orthodoxy"). Despite its title, YRU Still Here? is less about asking questions and more about Ribot, Ismaily, and Smith taking a defiant stand.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2018
Label: Northern Spy Records
UPC: 0754697444219
catalogNumber: 98
Rank: 35071

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog   Primary Artist
Marc Ribot   Bass,Guitar,Alto Horn,Vocals,farfisa organ,Vocoder,Requinto,Group Member
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
Doug Wieselman   Flute,Saxophone
Briggan Krauss   Saxophone
Neel Murgai   Sitar
Ches Smith   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,electronics,Group Member
Shahzad Ismaily   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Group Member
Mauricio Herrera   Conga
Rea Dubach   Background Vocals
Lukas Rutzen   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marc Ribot   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Randall Dunn   Engineer
Ches Smith   Composer,Lyricist
Shahzad Ismaily   Composer,Lyricist
Phil Weinrobe   Engineer
Jd Foster   Engineer
Bryan Collins   Art Direction
Ryan Kelly   Engineer
Lily Wen   Engineer

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