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Sir! No Sir! - Combating The Carnival

Sir! No Sir!

Combating The Carnival
Record Label: Sir! No Sir!
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Review by Sal Serio
October 2013

Locked and loaded, five song CD E.P., just under 18 minutes, check. Sludgy mega-barre-chord-heavy power-trio formation with guttural cajones-crunching vocals… check. Driving bass rhythms ripe with more complexity than one would expect from a punker-trio, balanced by rock-steady drumming and slash-and-burn guitar riffing. Check. We’ve got all the ingredients for a slam-bam listening party, and this paradoxical recipe will make all casual listeners stop in their tracks and shout, “Sir! No Sir!”

“Intolerant Of Intolerance” may be the focal track of this E.P. with an ironic “we’re against you being against everything” credo, and it’s absolutely merciless rhythm section. Although, one shouldn’t dwell too long on that message, since all three Sir! No Sir! band members contribute lyrics, which keeps the mood varied, regardless of the overall brutal musical aggression.

Local Madison boys Nate Onsrud, Tony Leskinen, and Jeramaya Wunderlin have really created something to be proud of via these five songs, with the razor-sharp engineering by Dustin Boyle and mastering by Gavin Lefebvre creating an aural experience that is 100% representative of the band’s in-person gig persona. Which is no casual feat, as quite often a group’s recorded effort fails to gel with what one may have come to expect from the live show. In this case, I can almost hear the mad doctor’s insane proclamation, “It’s alive! It’s aliiiiiive !!”

SIR! NO SIR!‘s CD release party is Friday, December 20th, at The Frequency in Madison, with special guests Drunk Drivers and The Flavor That Kills.



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