- Holiday of Love
- Bb, C2
- Leader Out
- Hello My God
Certain General / Holiday of Love
Progressive Media’s New Music Report
Look out! Like R.E.M. Certain General layers various sounds to create something bigger than the sum of its parts – exciting, urgent rock’n roll. The music owes much to the psychedelic era of the 60s, but is contemporary nonetheless. An exciting debut.
– JACKPOT / Editor’ choices for best new releases
For me, the most consistently satisfying development among the pop-anarchy in the U.S.A. of the past three years has been the proliferation of slightly eccentric, wholly original, and only semi of barely referential hardpop bands, many of whom have been described here in the past year – groups like the Bongo’s, the Individuals, Pylon, and Dangerous Birds. One of the most crazed and unknown of this lot are New York’s Certain General, whose first record, the 5-song EP “Holiday of Love,” has finally come out on the new Labor label. Certain General go in for candles, bongos and starkish poetry
live, but this seeming detrita of an ersdatz-psychodelicism appears so heartfelt that it never detracts from the droning, moaning, pounding fervor they conjure and shiver in.
All this storming angst is captured on the vinyl. especially in the 6:49 work-out, “Hello My God,” which certainly evokes sympathy, if not nostalgia, for all the teaanage devils in the world.
– Van Gosse, Sonic Shorts - Music/Sound Output
…On the Holiday of Love EP, Certain General’s instrumental sound and song-writing coalesce most successfully on the title tune and “Leader Out,” where arid harmonic vistas of the Go4/PiL school contrast with the more romantic feel of the choruses. The song “Holiday of Love” also benefits from a switchable guitar banshee, and guest vocalist Xenia Holiday provides an Andy MacKay type of counterpoint to du Lany’s Bryan Ferry.
– East Village EYE
Here’s another good area band with a deservedly good record. Certain General
are anything but boring. The high energy level of their shows is somewhat captured here, particularly with “BC” and “Back Downtown.” “Hello My God” is a sensational song.
– Ear Of The Kat
From the big apple come a fearsome foursome who chug along with danceable, but not stupid, tunes to do justice with their curious and engaging lyrics. I swear I hear some Television in there too, but I’m probably just pandering. Good stuff.
There is a band out of New York that calls itself Certain General. Now, you may be asking yourself what is a “Certain General.” Well, a certain general is, in the words of a certain guitar player, a political-jazz-dance band. Interesting definition, but vague. In my own words, “Certain General is a pseudo-psychedelic-punk-new-wave-techno-pop-political-jazz-dance band.” Still confused? So am I. Okay, let’s not even attempt a definition of this band. The fact is that they are good. So good, in fact, that they have been called the best new New York band of 1981. A pretty good billing, considering some of the other bands (Talking Heads, Blondie) that have received the same review in previous years.
I recently had the opportunity to listen to their e.p. “Holiday of Love.” I was astounded. The performance of the band members and the production of the album are exceptional.
“Certain General” is by far one of the most intriguing bands of this era. Their combined talents make for one of the most danceable, most listenable and most fun bans around.
– Bob Patrick, The Interrobang
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