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Friday, August 21, 2009

Wartime - Fast Food for Thought (1990)

Following the release of the second Rollins Band album, Hard Volume, bassist Andrew Weiss and vocalist Henry Rollins collaborated on a one-off side project called Wartime. A former member of Greg Ginn's Gone, Weiss also worked as a producer and bassist on several Ween albums.

It's this sensibility that Weiss brings to the proceedings, as Wartime has a heady, yet simultaneously heavy, sound. The music consists primarily of Weiss' bass guitar fed through a series of effects that include at the very least distortion and wah-wah. While Andrew Weiss wrote and performed all of the music, Henry Rollins handles the vocal duties. These "vocals" are best described as landing somewhere between rap and spoken word. These two elements combine to create an EP that's totally unique and, actually, kinda catchy. It's worth noting that the fifth and final track is a cover of the Grateful Dead classic!

Check out the music video for "The Whole Truth":

This album was reissued in 1994 by Capitol and the cover was altered to also read "Featuring Henry Rollins" underneath the name Wartime. This rip and the cover above both come from the original 1990 Chrysalis release.

Wartime - Fast Food for Thought (1990)
1. Mindfield (1:30)
2. Wartime (5:42)
3. Right to Life (7:41)
4. The Whole Truth (5:54)
5. Franklin's Tower (7:59)

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Loren said...

Glad to see you back. Appreciate the shares and the eclecticism. Thanks.

Dinges2 said...

Thanks for all the shares you post!

You made my day by finding you on the web!

Alejandro Ossandón Páez said...

wow man

I fucking love inmediatly your blog, great stuff, a very good place to know new bands

cheers from chile

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* * e d o * * said...

fuck yes. i had this on vinyl years ago and its been long gone. thank you!!!

lucy - alquiler departamentos miami said...

I love this music video for "The Whole Truth". Thanks for sharing :)

00100 said...

Henry Rollins is a self righteous twat.

Kevin Sartori said...

Thank you, 00100, for your insightful comment.

asdads said...

I love what you are doing man,can you help me? I'm looking for a kind of music that hold my attention in meditation. something like "ambient 4 isolationism" but with less distraction. something deep, psychotic and strong to hold all my attention in one area. please let me know if you know something similar.

Kevin Sartori said...

Hmmm, I'm not sure what to tell you, asdads. Browse around the site and try some different stuff. Music is subjective, so it's kind of tough. How about the first three Ambient compilations? Or maybe Endless 1 and 2? Or try Kelly Bailey's Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Those should get you started...

danz said...

thank for all shares your post

-blessed holy socks, the non-perishable-zealot said...

I'm just asitt'n here, trying to worship Jesus in me hed, and that, brudda, is reeelly kick-ass. You rock, HR! I never knew HR and his bass made-up a song about beating-up the whorizontal, auto industry. God bless you. Meet me in Heaven, bro, and we'll have a keg for eternity. See ya soon.

Anonymous said...

Megaupload is down. Could you please re-up the albums?

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Jumpy Lathers said...

Wartime is a Go-Go album. It was a GREAT attempt to deliver some fusion to the scene. Still holds up well twenty years later. I doubt you'll ever again hear a Dead cover by screamer on top of an Junkyard beat.

Rob said...

Love the variety and the background info. Thank you, sir. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

alfredovpangue said...

Thank You! :)

Pmx666 said...

Throughout the vast and various back catalogue of Mr. Rollins, this weird side-project 'Wartime' and its associated singular release has become very near and dear to me over the years. If you aren't from DC and aren't familiar with the sound of Go-Go music, chances are you won't dig it. But to me, this is a tribute to Henry's pubescent and transformative years living in the DC metro area.

Production-wise, I don't think it went much deeper than a drum machine/sampler, some Go-Go percussion through FX, Rollins' vocals (treated w/ some overdrive), Weiss' bass rig (heavily treated with distortion, envelope filter, phaser and rather aggressively situated at the front of the mix!).

I found a copy at the second incarnation of the glorious Orpheus second-hand record shop (RIP) and the vinyl press was about as shite and flimsy as I've seen in my lifetime - but I am SO glad I found it!

Great blog, man. Your hard work and dedication w/ a niche subversive well-groomed aesthetic are much appreciated!

Steve PMX
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