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Indo-Prog/Raga Rock • United States


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Celtic, folk rock project including Eastern raga influences

AMPS FOR CHRIST can be considered as a combination of many musical styles from noise, experimental to popular, traditional folk music. The concept is all about anti-capitalism purposes, in hippy eccentricity and pseudo-mysticism. Born during the late 90's and mainly focused around the guitarist Henry Barnes (founder of the hardcore/noise band MAN ISHE BASTARD). The experimental nature of the project is clearly mentioned in the intricate uses of amplifiers, electronic gadgets."World" (from Chinese to India), "Celtic", "blue-grass" ingredients come into the mix to procure a more spiritual, soft approach to this rather "anarchic" trip. An eclectic musical exploration which covers a large bunch of styles, but always played with a popular, folk American sensibility. Albums as "The people at Large" and "The Oak in the Ashes" contain exotic instruments and electric raga folk effects. It definitely explores the mystical world of "sacred" Eastern meditative music.

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Shrimper Records 2001
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5 Rue Christine 2004
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5 Rue Christine 2006
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Ground Fault Recordings 2006
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the Plains Of Alluvial
1995
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Thorny Path
1997
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The Beggars Garden (With Two Ambiguous Figures)
1997
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Songs From Mt. Ion
1998
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Circuits
1999
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Electrosphere
1999
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The Oak In The Ashes
2001
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The People At Large
2004
2.90 | 2 ratings
Every Eleven Seconds
2006

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The Secret Of The Almost Straight Line
1997
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2001
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2003
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2012

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 The People At Large by AMPS FOR CHRIST album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.50 | 3 ratings

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The People At Large
Amps For Christ Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

4 stars This album from the crazy people known as Amps For Christ, has a lot more Raga than the previous album of theirs hat I heard, which was Every Eleven Seconds. This one is also better, and has a ton more wierdness to sink your teeth into.

The first track is a nice Raga song with some vocals, which were uncommon one Every Eleven Seconds, but it gives the song a more folk feel. The next track Use, Use, Use is a very strange song with some very distorted guitar and some noisy electronics. On top of this there is some very harsh and distorted vocals, which are impossible to make it. A very noisy song that has nothing in common with Raga or Folk. Next song has some nice acoustic guitar and reminds me of a nice cool, breezy afternoon relaxing on the beach. Prince Charlie Stuart is yet in another genre than all the previous songs. This time we get a english, medieval folk song. This one also has some nice lyrics and Viola. This one is a standout from this album, for me.

Next up in the line of madness is a song that starts off with some sitar twangs and tribal percussion, then some chirping electronics join the mix, which makes for a very interesting listen. Banjo Hymn, has a almost drone feel to it, and is a very slow, but captivating song. AFC Tower Song has a very overtly political slant, with lyrics about America and it's troubles as off right now. The song has some clean acoustic guitar along side a very distorted electric guitar. This tendency to juxtapose acoustic versus harsh electronic makes Amps standout from a lot of other bands who are in this same musical sphere. The closest band I can think of would be Boyd Rice, not lyrically, but musically, with some hints of Current 93.

I will refrain from talking any more specifics as to the rest of the songs, so I do not ruin your listening experience if you do pick this up some time, but it keeps going in the same "direction" of the previosly described songs. That would be a eclectic bag of strange folk, noise, and other influences here and there.

The one thing that I do not care for is there are the short spoken word/poetry like songs that just get on your nerves, and this album is probably to sprawling and a bit unfocused for some people, but I like this album, and I think it merits a four star.

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 Every Eleven Seconds by AMPS FOR CHRIST album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Amps For Christ Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

3 stars This is a very out there, and a strange recording. I have to say I think this would be much better suited for Prog Folk, as on this cd at least, there is not a raga/Indian song on here. there is some influence but nothing more than any other folk band.

Anyway, there is a absolute monstrous amount of different influences on thi album, from Freak Folk to Avant Garde, Scottish to Noise. The first track Augmented/Demented has some very dissonant guitar soloing with some, almost rap/techno like drum programming. Cock'O The North, is a pretty straight forward little folk tune, I happen to like this one a lot, it has a very scottish feel to it for me. The next song is very similar to the first one except without the drum beat. Very scratchy guitar, juxtaposed with some clean guitar playing, with the about the first and last thirty seconds of Merzbow like noise. The next "song" is nothing more than vocalist Ranger Barnes saying some nonsensecal poem. This is one of three of this sort of thing on this cd, and it greatly annoys me as it has no relation to the rest of the music. In fact, none of the songs realy have much of a relation musically, but that does not bother as it does some of you people.

The next song Violated is more distorted guitar, but it has a lot more background noise, and guitar fuzz, and feedback. The next song is another song that completely catches you off guard. It is what I guess you would call a mexican folk song, with a Hawaiian feel in there too. That is how I will describe this song, this is also another favorite of mine from this album. I Hate This Dumpster follows this track, and this one, is full out noise. While some previous songs had some noise influences, this one is pure Merzbow like noise. Shiploaf is another pointless poetical recital. Skip. The next song Scotland The Brave, gives a hint as to what a big influence on this song was. Yep, Scottish music, with some fake bagpipes even. This then goes into the only song on here that has any raga at all. It has some sitar and tribal/mid eastern percussion, as well as some noise/feedback. The Crossing is just some guitar feedback, with some unintelligible screaming among the chaos. Chorus is the third, and last, spoken word songs, thankfully. The next song is a nice little flok song with some female and male vocals. I also really like this song. WIB is another good song, with some nice folksy guitars, along side a more dissonant soloing guitar, that plays a very, very good bluesy solo. The final song on this very eclectic bag has the techno-ish drum programming back with some scratchy guitar soloing.

This is a okay record, but with many flaws, with some of the songs being a lot weaker than others, and the spoken word parts do nothing to help this. A album that is almost like finding a little bag of curios. A solid three stars.

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 The People At Large by AMPS FOR CHRIST album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.50 | 3 ratings

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The People At Large
Amps For Christ Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by fungusucantkill

4 stars This genre is rather unknown and untouched. That being said, this doesnt mean that the genre itself is a good one. Amps for Christ was the first Indo-prog band ive ever heard and it reminded me a lot of Prog Folk. This album consists of 23 songs, all of which are no more than 3:30. The tracks consist of drone tones, folk melodies, and lovely higher melodies. This album is one not to dissapoint. If you are a fan of Prog Folk, Art Rock, and some Avant Garde, you can find your place with this album.

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Amps For Christ Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

3 stars This album covers a large range of "droning" vibrations, "sweet" acoustic folk compositions and a "buddy" aggressive garage rock...everything played in a rather "neo hippie / semi punk" mood. The album starts with a gorgeous "mystical", repetitive sitar pattern. "Use use use" is a "grotesque", "drunken" rock 'n roll piece. Some songs have a nice, funny "country" folk flavour ("Banjo hymn", "Old Palm Tree"...). A complex band with a lot of capacities, expressing with no restriction pure nervous, noisy rock attacks and sudden "rural" folk ballads. On this last, new effort my favourite tunes are the floating and meditative "Claremont raga" and the "disarticulated", plaintive "noisy" folk rock «Memorial Immemorial". Time to time the advantage of the diversity can be translated to an inconvenient. In fact it's difficult to be attracted by all the musical segments offered by the band...sometimes it's impossible to see the relationship between the different musical sources of inspiration. It creates something strangely controversial.

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