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SPIKE IN VAIN

DEATH DRIVES A CADILLAC

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Format: LP
Cata No: SCAT71
Barcode: 753417007116
Death Drives A Cadillac was Spike In Vain’s second
album, never officially released and unheard in its final
form until now. Like many hardcore bands circa ’84 and
’85, the group was ready to further expand its palette and
ease off the thrash tempos. Recorded roughly a year after
Disease Is Relative with a bigger budget, the album is even
more wide-ranging, and the songs are more fleshed out.
“Despair grew inside her, I grew inside her. She named
me Spirit Death, and this is my song” sings Chris Marec,
the vocalist on half of this LP. Though less “young” than
their debut, that album’s darkness lingers, but here has a
more removed, observational quality, with many songs
sung in character or in the third person, along with a
tendency for anthropomorphic allegory. It has a bit less to
do with screaming for death to come than with a growing
resignation to being the other, a recognition of inescapable
alienation and its relation to childhood trauma. —all with
a heaping side of absurdity and a sense of wonder at the
gradually unfolding endtimes.
That said, many of the tracks wouldn’t be out of place
on the debut, and some feature exotic tunings. Bits of roots
music come into play as well—gospel, blues, and country
figure to some extent in a third of the songs, sometimes
in convoluted, Beefheart-esque ways, and at other times
toying with genre archetypes as a cat does a mouse.

Tracks:

1. Too Cool
2. Abysmal Child
3. Spirit Death
4. Dogsleds In Heaven
5. Rattlesnake?s Wedding
6. Escape From The Zoo
7. Lady Luck Is Dead
8. Valentine?s Day
9. Big Black Locomotive
10. Party In The Ground
11. Totem Fields
12. Gospel Motel
13. Count Basie?s Ghost

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