Sir Lord Von Raven // The Age of Machines
Guitars and Bongos
Recommended Track: Bare Bottom Time
Hi. I am Charlie Latan and I am tired of all the bullshit. Below is what Sir Lord Von Raven’s PR rep forwarded to Lo-Pie:
“‘I don’t wanna be part of the network!’ sings Eric ‘Sir Lord Von Raven’ Johnson on his sophomore album, The Age Of Machines. The eponymous track (a bona-fide rock n’ roll luddite anthem) echoes an anti-tech sentiment present in much of his work to date. His band, which uses the abbreviation SLVR, has a minimal online presence (no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and he’s even resisted getting a cellphone to this day. By avoiding such modern distractions, the venerable Lord Raven has had ample time to craft one of the most authentic and exciting Rock N’ Roll records you’re likely to hear this year, or any other!”
After listening to the double LP, I concur. The Lord and his musical fief smash us over and again with explosive interpretations of rock ‘n’ roll highlights: “Let’s Spend The Night Together” -Bowie, “Get It On” -Bolan, obvious proto-punk influence (“Sweet Smell” is a cover of The Clap) and a delicious buffet of Burger Record’s vibez. SLVR’s exerts his reign on snarling, power chord-fueled Doo Wop i.e. that nasally yet snarling, hook-ridden yet rambunctiously distorted rock revived in the last five to ten years by acts like King Tuff, King Khan and the BBQ Show, The Black Lips and other raucous kin. Is this record new per se? Not really. But does it feel fresh? Definitively yes.
SLVR’s sophomore album is no replacement for our quintessential pioneers (The Iggys, the Sky Saxons, the Little Richards), but this record will spin well for years to come. The staggering amount of inspiration, talent, discipline and goddamn doing is harrowing. Multiple singles pop up on every face of the LP. Songs so good that bands in basements would weep if even one manifested before them. But 22 good songs from one band, today? That shit cray (or possibly related to SLVR’s disavowal of social media’s persistent distraction).
SLVR worked like dogs to bring us an unrelenting album of ecstatic tunes. In their honor, Internet, I give you 22 gifs of Chris Farley headbanging.