Friday, 7 August 2015


"Tragic figures"
Year:  1982
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Independent Project
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk

The band was originally named Africa Corps, and was formed by UCLA students Bruce Licher (guitar) and Mark Erskine (drums/percussion). They were joined by Philip Drucker (aka Jackson Del Rey), Robert Loveless, and Jeff Long. Shortly before the release of debut album Tragic Figures in 1982 (on Licher's own Independent Project label) they changed their name to Savage Republic. Licher was also responsible for the group's sleeve designs, which were hand-letterpressed and numbered by him.   In early 1983, they issued a single, "Film Noir", backed with a version of "O Andonis" by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis (from the Costa-Gavras film Z), which garnered international attention.  The group split up towards the end of 1983 with a second album partially completed; Loveless and Drucker completed it and it was released as an album (Jedda by the Sea) by their side project 17 Pygmies. Tragic Figures was issued in Europe in 1984 on the Sordide Sentimental label. A 7" EP of material recorded in 1981, Tragic Figure, was also issued that year. The band returned in 1985 with the album Ceremonial, followed in 1986 with the Trudge EP. A live double album was released in 1987. Brad Laner joined prior to the 1988 album Jamahiriya Democratique et Populaire de Sauvage, and a further studio album (Customs) was released prior to the band splitting up in 1990.  Licher continued to run his label, and received a Grammy nomination for the artwork for For Against's debut album.  He formed Scenic in the mid-1990s; the group also featuring Loveless and former Shiva Burlesque member James Brenneraner went on to form Medicine.   Savage Republic reformed in 2002 with original member Licher and members from the mid-1980s including Greg Grunke, Thom Fuhrmann and Ethan Port, although Licher left after a first tour. The remaining members recorded the album 1938, released by Neurot Recordings in 2007. The band's music has been described as industrial, experimental and big doses of CRASS anarcho-punk style.
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