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Union Carbide Productions

Think about a couple of thuggish-sounding, Stooges-inspired pounders from…Sweden? That is right, you American xenophobes, I stated Sweden. Actually, I could think about few rings who utilized the Stooges primal riff-thud’n’noise much better than UCP. Fueled with the rampaging guitars of Patrick Caganis and Bjorn Olsson, as well as the half-octave, node-encrusted vocal growl (and do this son of the bitch growl!) of Ebbot Lundberg, UCP roared from the blocks with an incredible debut record entitled In the Surroundings Tonight which, despite its name, has nothing in connection with the Phil Collins strike one of the same name. Sounding as though they worshipped on the altar from the first two Stooges information (with a small amount of the MC5’s Kick Away the Jams tossed set for great measure), In the Surroundings Tonight isn’t slavishly imitative, but is quite indicative of what UCP had been about early within their profession: riff-heavy sonic overload, with periodic free-jazz blurting (Lundberg and Olsson both performed sax) and wall space of feedback. It had been a huge-sounding documenting, brutal, violent, its assaultive power departing you breathless following the shutting 11-plus-minute bashfest “Down On the Seaside.” Actually, In the Surroundings Tonight is possibly among the great pre-alternative country, proto-grunge information available. Certainly every enthusiast of early-’70s Detroit rock and roll should very own one. The follow-up, Economically Dissatisfied, Philosophically Attempting (the title from the an interview split created by Mick Jagger within the ’60s) was much less intense (even more intense could have been unimaginable), but was still a rip-snorter, with Caganis’ electric guitar sounding specifically manic and interesting. At this time, UCP had been the hip music group of the Compelled Exposure audience, and it wasn’t a long time before surly smartass Steve Albini was slated to create them. The effect, Swing, was simply okay, and a substantial dropoff in the full-bore mania of In the Surroundings Tonight. Too poor, since for some time, this exciting couple of Scandinavians got the rock globe with the collective neck and had been squeezing, hard. Olsson started releasing single albums in 1999; both Lundberg and Olsson afterwards played together within the group Soundtrack in our Lives. A Union Carbide compilation, Remastered to become Recycled, premiered in Europe past due in 2004 and produced its method to the U.S. the next year.

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