From: NorEastern Zine July 2002
Republic -- Four Disk Boxed Set
I had no idea what to expect when this arrived in the post box. At first sight, the packaging alone blew my mind with its heavy inked, card board cases and stellar art work. A box set of a band I never heard of before? What was I missing here? Apparently a great deal. Savage Republic has been around since at least the early eighties, playing some of the most unique post-punk long before that term even existed. My god, these reissues have everything from noisy angst ridden politically charged numbers to instrumental, avant-garde noise; from borderline new wave pieces to a whole lot of Arab/Mediterranean influenced works. I am a complete sucker for those sounds. Everything from lightning fast flamenco guitar runs to singing, that sounds like morning prayers on a loudspeaker, waking Cairo at dawn are on these records. Where the fuck have I been not to have heard this before? This was so amazingly head of its time.
For you newbies
like me, this four disk boxed set includes the releases Jamahiriya
Democratique, Ceremonial, Trudge, Tragic Figures
and my favorite for the moment, Customs. To be overwhelmed by this
musical history lesson is a bit humbling for me. It just proves I don't
know jack shit when it comes to the roots of the music I listen to today.
The list of bands that should name Savage Republic as an influence
Book your flights now. (Mobilization) --JD