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Third album We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves breaks new ground for Maus. The shirt pulling and air punching of his impassioned live performance is finally captured in all its frenzied appeal alongside a tender inner space. After stretching muscles with opener Streetlight, arpeggiators bubble up to new levels with Quantum Leap, a song full of dead zones, glancing slaps and oscillating solos.Heart to heart, mind to mind, we are the ones who seem to travel through time, intones Maus resolutely through the mist. Johns lyrics are as likely to touch upon themes of Cronenberg gore just as much as the musings of Jacques Rancire. Its this no-brow approach that makes things interesting, casting Maus as a savant and allowing his music to startle us in ways whereby we open up to the unimaginable.Johns preoccupation with truth, love and eternity are perfectly suited to this treatment as seen with And The Rain and the softly cascading Keep Pushing On. The songs are devastatingly catchy, saturated with keyboards and overflowing with Maus allegorical summons. The hypnotic fugue We Can Break Through treads new territories into minimalism for Maus, seeing the phrase Break through this repeated almost like a mind control procedure scored by Bach and Suicide.Pitiless Censors as an album displays a more delicate touch than its predecessors. Hey Moon is Johns first duet, performed with Molly Nilsson, who originally wrote the song. Its a serene elegy that subtly weaves an impression of nocturnal loneliness and romantic dreams.Closing track Believer is equally evocative with its bells, choral soaring and echoing sentiment. Of course, a John Maus album wouldnt be a John Maus album without the same anthemic genius and dark humour that weve seen previously with songs like Maniac and Rights For Gays and this new album finds its succour in Cop Killer. The eerie waltz-time offspring of Body Counts controversial 90s protest track, it is dystopian, bleak and ridiculous and, in shor
  • Start:October 12, 2017
  • End:October 12, 2017
  • Recurring
  • Where:Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California, United States, 92104
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