Friday, January 23, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Much like Orchid, Ampere (especially earlier albums such as "All our Tomorrows End Today") often borrow some of their lyrics from philosophers and revolutionaries such as Guy Debord. They have preserved some of the "intellectual" punk seen in bands like Orchid,Sinaloa, Native Nod, Current, and others. In all of their endeavors, Ampere has persisted in their commitment to intellect, art, and sincerity.
The band actively tour in the US and completed a tour of Europe with Sinaloa in March 2006. A split record on Ebullition Records between the two bands was released in time for the tour, along with a 7" of their early recordings and a four-way split 11" with Death to Tyrants, Wastelandand Daniel Striped Tiger which was recorded live at Dead Air. Since then, a split 12" comprised completely of cover songs was released withDas Oath.
2007 was a productive year for the band, encompassing a brief Japanese tour as well as three new split records; a 6" with Ringers on No Idea Records, which, after the first press was re-released as a 7"(both versions of the record came with limited runs of t-shirts featuring the album art), a 9" with Funeral Diner put out jointly by Clean Plate and The Electric Human Project (this release included intricate etchings between the grooves), and a 7" picture disk with France's Daitro on Clean Plate/purepainsugar.
In 2008, an Australian-tour-only split 7" with Off Minor was released. Both bands contributed a previously-released but compilation-exclusive song from an Animal Rights benefit CD on Exotic Fever. It is Ampere's most-limited release to date (aside from the cassette format of the demo tape) at a scant 300 copies. Each band took 150 for their respective jaunts down under and made different packaging.
That being said, this is one of my favorite releases by the band, this is jsut the Ampere side. Too bad this record is long out of print because it is a jem.