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Red Card
Red Card
Useless Chords Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Yes, Red Card are from Brooklyn and yes, their singer/guitar player hails from Bosnia-Herzegovina and yes, he met the band's drummer in Italy; all factors that could give a band the insta-cool formula that is being gulped down these days like a thick laxative. And yes, I suppose all these factors could make a reviewer such as myself get all presumptuous and snotty and listen to their CD with a tainted ear. But wow, they actually make good and messy post-punk and art-rock that borrows from the Stooges as much as it does from Les Savy Fav and Fugazi. Their debut self-titled disc came out way back in 2001, but the shit rocks two years later. And lets not forget that a red card is twice as lethal as a yellow card.

Eastern bloc-head and band leader Sasha Simic growls and purrs his way through distorted vocals and phased guitars that flare up with punk rock intensity one minute and provide a solid acoustic base the next. From the driving "Self Laugh" to the trad-punk of "Hanging Free," Red Card blazes their way through walls of layered vocal textures and early 80's production sounds. Their music is full of rock and mostly devoid of pose, and for all its apparent discordant lack of form, it is well thought out and full of nervous energy. On "Planet Boredom," a title that may seem a bit clichéd at first glance, Sasha earnestly screams "How do you do? I'm breaking up loose," awaking from his urban nightmare, clutching broken strings and a distortion pedal. "FingerPointing" drives along like a harder edged Public Image Ltd. track until a pretty guitar line comes into the forefront as chorus drenched vocals flit over the track.

Listening to Red Card, you can imagine that their live show must be a furious and intense affair. It's nice to listen to an unknown band's debut and actually feel that they are making their music because they have something to convey and enjoy doing it. I wouldn't be surprised if we see and hear more of this band in the years to come.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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