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New York's legendary post-punk rockers Certain General's most recent album is Live it Down. This collection now available on World Wide Vibe Records is comprised of 12 new songs written by the band. It is Certain General's first collection album since the critically acclaimed Stolen Car, released in 2010.
Featuring original band members Parker Dulany (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Gammage (guitar) along with longtime drummer Kevin Tooley, Stolen Car captures the essence of the band's expansive and exploratory rock sounds. Masterfully produced by Tooley at his Concept Studios in New York, the recording includes contributions from notable sax session musician Robert Aaron, a veteran of recordings by David Bowie, James White, and Al Jarreau, among many others.
Certain General formed in New York's East Village in the early 1980s and have been called 'the missing link between Television and Sonic Youth,' while attracting comparisons with The Doors, The Velvet Underground and Birthday Party.
Following several years of periodic lineup changes and intermittent periods devoted to the pursuit of solo and side projects, Dulany and Gammage, along with Kevin Tooley, continue to record and perform, delivering their characteristic brand of rhythmically haunting, apocalyptic fare.
Regarding the resonant urge that drove creation of the album, Parker Dulany writes:
"After thinking about it for the last 10 years, we decided to make good on our threat to make some racket. From the outset we intended that this adventure sit well next to two albums in our canon: November's Heat and These Are the Days. We strove to capture the feeling that no matter how much you felt that you were in control of your life and your destiny, in reality, you were not. "Stolen Car" is a metaphor for this statement: "Who is driving, please?"
In expressing this declaration we avoided all of the usual recording entrapments: No big studios, no outside producer, no instruments of 'sentiment' such as acoustic guitars or strings; nothing that the three of us could not play ourselves. Well almost nothing, as Robert Aaron's sax contributions could not ignored; we are strict, but not stupid. We wrote by committee, arranged by committee, played by committee, drank by committee, and then let Kevin mix alone. So Kevin is the producer. Stolen Car is the album and Certain General is the band."