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The best kept secret in music


"love 666"

There's nothing exactly wrong with the slew of bands that take the fuzzed-out mayhem of the MC5 out of context...until you hear one like this DC trio apply it to its original revolutionary function. Get a load of Love 666's post-White Panther manifestos — a boundless array of screeds that are pro-drug, pro-violence and anti-just about everything else — and you may find yourself on the frontlines of the class war the band seems so intent on fomenting.

Guitarist Joe Johnson's emphatic string-wrestling imbues the band's self-titled debut with the sort of metallized Sun Ra spaciness that characterized Kick Out the Jams, a texture underscored by Dave Unger's distorted sine-wave keyboards. It's an extremely oppressive combination, but then again, you wouldn't expect breezy beer-commercial backing when a foam-flecked maniac is egging you on with words of wisdom like "fuck the man and fuck his plan...if you want to thank him for all that he's done/Blow his fucking head off with your right to own a gun." This really ain't no party, no disco, no foolin' around.

American Revolution doesn't back off the agenda for a moment. While the songs are a bit more likely to follow verse-chorus-verse structures, those frameworks are mined with verbiage every bit as explosive — most notably the martial "National" and the strobing, synapse-sundering "MDMA." So which side are you on? - trouser press

"rock / usadown"

[this is the new american national anthem] is a cd I got with no cover and no additional info whatsoever. the cd only says that this is supposed to be «the new american national anthem»... if you are old enough to remember hendrix high and chewing on stage while performing the anthem with his super distorted fender, just imagine him doing the same in a waaaaay less composite and orderly way and with a ton more drugs in his body. [rock / usadown] is a keyboard/guitar duo from nyc's east village. Apparently they recorded this one 47 minute long track of guitar noise mayhem on a boombox. It's loud, it's long, it's love, it's 666, but most of all it's noisy, so try them out only if you dare.*

* rock and usadown are 2 separate bands. rock is my band and usadown is joe johnson's band. this is the new american national anthem is a split full-length record. at the time it was cut we were in each other's band.
- dave - chaindlk.com


available on itunes:

rock 001 rock / usadown: this is the new american national anthem
rock 002 love 666: free rock & roll
rock 003 usadown: drugs
rock 004 dave unger: rock on baby through the american night
rock 005 dave unger: death ray / rock on
rock 006 love 666: nashville sounds

available on amphetaminereptile.com:

amrep 035 american revolution
amrep 048 please kill yourself so i can rock


Feeling a bit camera shy


ex-keyboard player / lead singer of love 666
currently member of rock, usadown, solo
usadown west coast tour april 2005
rock us tour july 2005