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Classic Album Review: The (International) Noise Conspiracy | A New Morning, Changing Weather

The Swedish politico-punks deliver a whole-body experience with their third album.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Punk rock is usually aimed at the head, the heart and the guts. Seldom, if ever, does it target the feet. And A New Morning, Changing Weather could be the exception that proves the rule.

With their third studio album, Swedish politico-punk groovers (International) Noise Conspiracy set their sights on producing a total body experience. For the mind, you’ve got their left-wing leanings, post-grad lyrics and recommended reading list. For the heart and the guts, there’s the hard-driving slam and explosive volatility of their noisy, garage-punk sound. And for the feet, they add a hefty dose of old-school mod R&B, shucking and jiving to hepped-up grooves even as they complain that Capitalism Stole My Virginity. What it adds up to is punk that bridges soul-punk of The MC5 with righteous Marxist anger and all the mod cons of The Jam. It’s a whole new kind of political party.