(INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY with ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT and the explosion at Reverb (651 Queen West), Wednesday (April 18). $13.50. 416-504-0744. Rating: NNNNN
(International) Noise Conspiracy just won't give up. The interminably groovy Swedes -- whose 60s-damaged surf/punk psychedelia, as captured on their ace Survival Sickness (Epitaph) disc, is at once brawny and brainy -- made the scene last October with At The Drive-In.
Now the group featuring singer/tambourine player Dennis Lyxzén are returning, this time partnered with San Diego aggro terrors Rocket From the Crypt and Boston punks the Explosion.
INC are socialists on record and off -- not a perspective traditionally welcomed by our individualistic American friends -- and have met up with some hostility while on the road in the U.S.
Yet Lyxzén, checking in from Crescent City en route to the Reverb, insists there's a sea change going on south of the border, at least among those attending punk rock shows.
"When I was touring the States in 96 and 98 (with legendary former band Refused), people pretty much told us to piss off," he chuckles. "They didn't want to hear the politics. "But now it seems that things have changed and it's the right time and place to do what we're doing. The presidential election was a joke, and I'm sensing that people here are fed up with things. At least they're not calling us pinkos any more, which is refreshing."
His plants back home in Umeå may long since be dead, but Lyxzén says INC intends to build on the momentum they've accrued on their long tours by recording right away. He expects to have a new INC disc ready by October. "We have 20 new songs and we'll begin recording a week after we get home from this tour. Considering how much we've been touring, that's some real efficiency on the writing front. We've been trying out some of the new songs live and we feel very focused."
Musically, Lyzxén describes the new stuff as being different but still "danceable." As for the lyrics, take a guess.
"It would be ludicrous for us to think that a band can inspire every single person who comes to our shows, so if people are just coming for the music, that's fine," Lyzxén says. "Not everybody who leaves a Noise Conspiracy show is expected to go home with new-found socialist tendencies."