Consolidated, the political dance/industrial music band from the early ’90s joined again for a studio session in San Francisco last summer, resulting in a new album, We’re Already There. The first release on Consolidated’s own label The End Of Records. What else to expect, the new recordings are an innovating mix of industrial, to hip-hop, to rock and funk with mixtures of live instruments and electronics. Topped with left political activism and politically radical lyrics address issues such as America, Covid, and ecocide with song “The Flood”, demand “Free Music, Stop America” with “Musica Sin Frontieras” and welcome guest vocalist Greta Thunberg on the track “The Ol’ Mass Extinction Blues”. The album starts in “traditionalConsolidatedgroove” with the song “Capitalism A.F.”, a mix of beats, industrial sounds, and hip-hop. Followed by funky pop songs, danceable industrial jams, techno beats, reggae, and blues influences plus a remarkable noise track. Main musicians are Adam Sherburne (guitar/vocals) and Mark Pistel (synths/beats) backed by Lynn Farmer (Meat Beat Manifesto) on drums, who replaces the original drummer Phil Steir. The complete album is recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Pistel at “Room 5” in San Francisco. The cover shows art paintings from Ayelet Hay (front) and William Kendall (back). On We’re Already There, Consolidated plays more music than ever. “I have zero interest in being in a band, especially my own…” “I had to develop a different way to be involved with music for aesthetic and mental health reasons…” “FREE MUSIC! is not to the detriment of artists, it’s literally the end of artists-as anyone perceives them in the last 500 years” –Adam Sherburne. Consolidated are known for their live performances, in which a microphone is passed among audience members to discuss, rebut, argue or elaborate on song topics. Consolidated: Adam Sherburne and Mark Pistel.
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