L.S.U.

Cash in Chaos World Tour

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Financially devastated by the collapse of a distribution system that ended up bankrupting his Blonde Vinyl Records, Michael Knott struggled to re-establish himself with a new label and a new L.S.U. release. By far the most puzzling and least immediate of all the L.S.U. records, Cash In Chaos World Tour is a harrowing expose of the seamy sexual underbelly of Los Angeles. From prostitutes that dress as schoolgirls to love affairs gone awry, Cash in Chaos World Tour revels in the seamy details, shoving the listeners face-first into corruption and despair. As a result, it is perhaps the group's most disturbing work since Shaded Pain. Brian Doidge's guitars churn and roll, eschewing solid chords for liquid tones, and Knott's voice is steeped so deeply in echo that it sounds eerily disembodied. Unlike the fiery, aggressive The Grape Prophet, Cash In Chaos World Tour is ominous and foreboding. From the apocalyptic drive of "&Yellow Sun" to the grim, bitter resignation of "There's A Time", Cash In Chaos World Tour is a record perched atop a chasm of hopelessness, threatening to make the dizzying final drop.

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