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“I think it’s the best live recording I’ve heard of us.” – Hugh Birdsall
The Reducers were the neutron star of post-punk. A band who attracted legions of fans and lit a fuse of influence, embracing a cult following rather than commercial success. The four-piece blistered energetically for three decades until the tragic loss of bassist Steve Kaika in 2012. Though through it all, they remained constantly committed to the backlash to become the “Next Big Thing!” Nevertheless, the legend of The Reducers will vibrate for eternity, and the honest garage rock they created and stylishly executed will remain a vital part of music long after we have all left this plane of existence.
With that in mind, and setting aside their nine studio albums, something new by the band is always welcome. Enter Live New York City 2005, the sound of a wild beast captured in it’s natural habitat, the stage. This is a roaring, raw piece of sonic art. It is equally unsettling and uplifting, and from the first crunch of guitars it is addictive. Recorded at Arlene’s Grocery on June 4, 2005, the band hit the ground thumping with a cover of The Boys classic “Turning Grey”. The nod to the roots of punk kicks off the sixteen song set that does not stop to draw breath until after the closing “Hurt By Love”. A second cover, this time by Chris Spedding, which bookends the album beautifully, and pays homage to the influence of the band.
It is forty-seven minutes of bombastic pleasure. Worth noting this set, originally released on New Years Eve for fans, became a talking point in music circles, and now luckily it’s gotten a digital release. For longtime fans it may swell the eyes with emotion, for newcomers it is a doorway into one of the greatest unsigned bands that once stalked venues across the US.
3.Fistfight at the Beach
7.Out of Step
9.I Don’t MInd
10.I Call That Living
11.On the Road Again
14.Get Off of My Cloud
15.Bums I Used to Know
16.Hurt by Love
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