Me Mom & Morgentaler

We Are Revolting: Live & Obscure 1990-1994

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Me Mom & Morgentaler's first full-length album, Shiva Space Machine, single-handedly unearthed Montreal's ska-punk underground and spawned a new wave of ska bands, but it also buried the group. Release dates lie. In fact, it had been two years since the release of Shiva Space Machine. The impact the album had and the group's relentless playing had nourished high expectations, yet no follow-up was coming and signs of internal squabbles were worrying fans. The release of We Are Revolting marked the group's breakup and showed that, if the beast had some energy left, it showed no more signs of creativity. This set clumsily attempts to fill the holes in Me Mom's history. A handful of tracks are taken from an outdoor concert in Quebec City in July 1993. The sound quality is good and the key live track "Master of the Universe" finally gets committed to disc. Another point of interest is "My Mother's Friends." Resolutely hardcore in concert, it has little to do with the tender acoustic version released on Shiva. "Auparavant," "Laura," and "Spittle on My Chin," the three live tracks from the group's debut EP, Clown, Heaven and Hell (admittedly out of print by then), are included. A crude live recording of "Pepita la Pistolera" shows how memorably goofy the band could be on-stage. "Under the Searchlight" is a poor post-Shiva studio attempt. Nowhere near as essential as Me Mom's previous release, We Are Revolting is only a mixed bag of footnotes for the fan.

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