Part financed by the Strummerville charity, Chomsky Allstars’ debut album is a truly eclectic melting pot, featuring vocal cameos from Christy Moore, Drunken Balordi’s Billy King, Bob Marley biographer Chris Salewicz, controversial Scots rapper Eastborn, Noam Chomsky and even Mahatma Gandhi.
The Glasgow band’s high-octane constellation of punk, blues, dance and dub has so far seen them feature on the internationally-acclaimed ‘Shatter The Hotel’ CD, headline both the London launch of the album and the Glasgow leg of the ‘Westway Round The UK’ tour and feature in Don Letts’ ‘Strummerville’ documentary.
Guitarist and lead singer Chomsky even provides guest vocals on the opening track of breakbeat legend Cut La Roc’s current album ‘Larger Than Life’, alongside Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody. That song, ‘What Love Is’, is also included here.
All ten tracks on ‘Rhyme, Treason & Rhythm’ are infused with infectious melodies and inspiring lyrics, from the opening anti-consumerist rocker ‘Disease Of Desire’ and the Afrobeat-inflected World Cup anthem ‘The Beautiful Gain’ through to long-time live favourite ‘The Big I Am’.
Acoustic tracks are mixed seamlessly with the gritty eco-blues of ‘Bad Mood Rising’ and the sensual funk of ‘Give Us Peace’ to create a heady concoction best described as Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros meets Rick Rubin.
Released 14 November 2010
Chomsky – vocals, guitars
Frankie Coia – bass
Joshua Styx – drums
Lord Nelson – alto sax, harmonica
Chas T Frazer – trumpet
Danny Mitchell – mandolin
All tracks written & produced by Chomsky,
except 4, written by Chomsky/Potter, produced by Cut La Roc.