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ERIK CORE – ‘No War. No Where. Know Peace.’ Review

ERIK CORE – No War. No Where. Know Peace.

Erik CoreErik Core has been described as “Bob Dylan on PCP” and for the last twenty plus years he has been performing solo up and down the West Coast (U.S. and Canada) doing acoustic punk shows.

This album was released earlier in 2017 but just hit our inbox. The opening track, Smart Bombs sees an acoustic guitar joined by a prominent bass and drum rolls to produce a sound akin to The Mob. There is a rawness to the sound of the trio but also a great deal of melody and some hooks to the solar plexus to keep you on your toes. This is an anti-war album based on a single poem written by Erik Core, which became the ten songs for the album and Bullet By Bullet is a brilliant deep voiced plaintive acoustic rocker. Erik tells us “… imagine Motorhead, The Dead Kennedys, and the Violent Femmes had a love child… and,  the offspring would sound like this new release…” He’s not far off the mark but, I can’t get The Mob and/or Zounds out of my mind listening to this.

No War. No Where, Know Peace is a different punk sound than many that you will ever hear with Devil’s Workshop sounding like a strangled country punk track mixed with some Rudimentary Peni riffs. On Peace For Pawns, the manic drumming and guitar strumming support a rail car running away down the tracks style approach whereas Not Even Hate has a Spanish guitar sound on top of the rhythm section that continues with the pace.

On Coming Loose, the solo bass guitar intro leads to a steady drumbeat and western sounding guitar support a spoken word vocal sounding like New York punk poet Jeffrey Lewis. Erik Core plays with dissonant guitar sounds on Holy Wars and some megaphone vocals before launching into a powerful bass propelled folk punk of the highest order.

The 8th track of the ten on this album is the chaotic and 100mph Smoking Gun and is followed up with Tears Running Red where the band produce a more mournful sound to accompany a more sorrowful vocal performance. The album concludes with No War and it is a fitting end with a stuttering, eclectic beat, fast guitar strumming and a scream to end the horror of war. The album has an early anarcho-punk feel with that acoustic vibe throughout – I enjoyed it very much!

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