For sale here: Vinyl and CD
SAVAGE REPUBLIC: 2002 Re-issues of complete
studio recordings: Tragic Figures, Ceremonial/Trudge, Jamahiriya,
Live Recordings: Live '81-'83, Live Trek 85-86, Live in Europe,
I Married Thurston, Final Performance 1989, Reunion Show 2002
Republic is back!
Latest information is available at http://mobilization.com
a 1-week reunion in 2002, SAVAGE REPUBLIC officially reformed in
October 2005. The band is currently recording a new full length
CD and has been performing at select shows internationally.
Portland, OR 2002
a "seminal" Los Angeles Industrial-Art-Punk band from the 1980s.
The band began circa 1980 as "Africa Corps" with UCLA art
students Bruce Licher, Mark Erskine, Jackson Del Rey ("Jackson Del
Rey"), following various preliminary projects (Bridge, Tunnel Tones,
Them Rhythm Ants). A tall, charismatic 17 year old "hard core"
skin head and Santa Monica High School student Jeff Long also performed
with Africa Corps in 1981 and 1982. Jeff Long was a very
charismatic figure and also played with the L.A. hard core band
Wasted Youth. The band changed its name to Savage Republic
in June 1982 when the first album "Tragic Figures" was released.
Jackson Del Rey and Jeff Long split lyrical duties on "Tragic
Figures". The name was conceived by Mark Erskine in his garage
along with other band members, with no particular signifigance beyond
just describing the bands overall sound. Coincidentally, 20 years
later the term "Savage Republic" would also be used to
refer to the Iotola Khomeni's Musulim fundamentalist regiem.
album featured a hand letterpressed version of a famous AP Wire
photo of several Iranian professors being executed in a firing squad
at the time the fundamentalists took over the country, around the
time of the Iranian U.S. Hostage crisis.
recording experiments produced by Bruce Licher for his Independent
Project art course were paired with a clean yet industrial,
apocalyptic design style via silk screen, and later hand letter-press
printing that echoes back to the Futurists. Licher's unique
design ethos formed the basis of Savage Republic's image and
helped keep the band "out of time and space". (This
design style led to a Grammy nomination for later commercial
work by Bruce Licher.)
Rag of the Tragic Figures album cover art
Changes in a Time of Radical Change
so many punk bands in the early 1980s, Savage Republic went through
many lineup changes. The following brief description provides a
general outline of the bands timeline and member changes.
1982, Robert Loveless joined on keyboards for a few months
with Jeff Long, then until mid 1983 after Jeff Long quit the band
(and all music). In 1983 the band recorded tracks for a second album
which was never released. Instead some of the material was used
by Jackson Del Rey and Robert Loveless when they left Savage Republic
to form 17 Pygmies. Bruce Licher and Mark Erskine continued
with Savage Republic.
new Core Republic
late 1983, Greg Grunke, Thom Fuhrmann and Ethan
Port joined Bruce Licher for the rest of the bands life. This
trio continued to work together after Savage Republic dissolved
in 1989. This core group recorded the 4 song Trudge instrumental
EP in 1984 and 1985 with drummer Mark Erskine.
Loveless joined the band for Ceremonial, and appears
Live Trek 1985-1986 LP.
the 1987 European tour, drummer Mark Erskine left the
band and was replaced by Brad Laner (Medicine, Debt
of Nature, Electric Company), who contributed his own unique
and innovative style to the Jamahiriya and Customs
studio recordings and the "I Married Thurston"
live tape and the Live in Europe album.
In 1988 Phil Druker also returned to help with Jamahiriya
recordings and recorded on Customs during the bands
final tour in 1988.
Taken from two U.S. tours
CD cover of Jamahiriya on oat paper
Men Play Live
Republic was at its best in front of a crowd--especially an incoherant
art-punk throng. The double bass spleen-wrenching assault reinforced
by metal percussion (often shooting 20 foot pillars of flame) charged
the room with raw savage energy. The layered "monotone"
tuned guitars (check out Glenn
Branca) float above this chaos singing beautiful and haunting
harmonies that shimmer in 3-dimensions throughout the performance
space. it was a sound unmatched--out of time and space.
performances include the Mojave Desert performances with the
Minute Men, Sonic Youth, Einsturzende Neubauten and Mark Pauline
in the early 1980s (years before Burning Man!) which included
high explosives and burning trees.
live albums document these powerful shows through the various
formations of the band. The cleanest recording is the so far
unreleased digital multi-track recording of the bands final
performance at the Wash in Claremont California on Feb 25,
This album is due for an October 2002 release.
in Europe LP
Recorded on the final European tour
Feb 25, 1989
Customs LP: invented and recorded in Greece in 1988. The bands equiptment
was confiscated by Greek customs authorities during the bands final tour.
The band used borrowed instruments found in the Greek studio, including
many Greek acoustic instruments.
here for a list of Post Savage Republic projects
Re-Issues for the 21st Century
Savage Republic back catalog was re-issued
by MOBILIZATION Recordings in October 2001.
albums include: Tragic Figures, Trudge, Ceremonial,
Jamahiriya and Customs. Live albums include Live Trek,
Live in Europe, and the soon to be released Execution
of the State by Fire and Ritual
live recordings have been officially released over the years by Ethan
Port and Savage Republic Tapes.
For The Gipper!
9, 2002 : "SEMINAL" LOS ANGELES
ART-PUNK BAND SAVAGE REPUBLIC
CONFIRM RARE REUNION APPEARANCE AT
KNITTING FACTORY IN LOS ANGELES,
CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 13, 2002.
Press Release here. Advanced Tickets on sale now!
- Former IPR label-mates Camper Van Beethoven
are also playing a reunion in late August at the Knitting Factory
in Los Angeles, California.
23, 2002:ONE MORE TIME FOR THE GIPPER! : Savage
Republic one time reunion confirmed for November 10 - 17, 2002
Savage Republic have agreed to do a one time
reunion the week of November 11 - 17th. Shows are currently being
booked in California in Claremont, Los Angeles, and San
Francisco. A NYC show may also be added. This will be a one
time only reunion to promote the re-issue of the bands complete
studio works on Mobilization Recordings. Mobilization plans to document
this RARE reunion.
11, 2002 - Claremont California, The Press Club
13, 2002 - Los Angeles, Knitting Factory
with Mike Watt and the Secondmen, the Urinals, the Human Hands
Advanced tickets available now at http://www.knittingfactory.com
- Nov 14, 2002 - Portland Oregon, Satyricon
15, 2002 - San Francisco "Beyond The Pale Sound Series"
with Neurosis, the Phantom Limbs, Pleasure Forever*
16, 2002 - NYC, South Paw
with The Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Tone, Torch Job
17, 2002 - Chicago, Double Door
Members scheduled to play include original members Thom Fuhrmann, Greg
Grunke, Bruce Licher, Robert Loveless and Ethan Port.
Back in the
1, 2005: Fuhrmann, Grunke and Port
continue the tradition.
here for a list of Post Savage Republic projects and individual artist
Savage Republic (Live 1989) "Mobilization"
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