Brooklyn native and veritable renaissance man Samuel Claiborne just released his first solo rock album after years of collaboration with other artists and musicians. Entitled Love, Lust and Genocide, it’s a political juggernaut with an indie rock base. The first single and lead track on the album, “Say Goodbye to America” sets the tone with no-nonsense political lyrics and 90s grunge style.
Samuel Claiborne considers himself first and foremost a poet and writer. His website not only contains links and a Spotify playlist for Love, Lust and Genocide but an anthology of his written work. Musically, Claiborne was part of New York’s “no wave” movement and played CBGB’s and other famous establishments.
Claiborne names his influences as such diverse artists as Brian Eno, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Cobain. This interesting mix is reflected in “Say Goodbye to America.” The song opens with a 90s grunge-like guitar riff and drum track, and the overall feeling is of a Marcy Playground or Bloodhound Gang track from the 90s. His lyrics contain none of the psychedelic imagery of those bands, however, and his political storytelling about the Occupy movement of 2011 is plain-speaking and pulls no punches. The addition of jazz trumpets is a surprising move which adds a bit of complexity to what would otherwise be a very stark political rock song.
Samuel Claiborne clearly has a lot to say about the current state of the world, and on Love, Lust and Genocide he aims to say it through music. “Say Goodbye to America” is a good opener for a very evocative and strong rock album. Love, Lust and Genocide released in July of this year and is available to stream on Claiborne’s Soundcloud page or to purchase on his website. The album is also available on iTunes via the TrueGroove Records website.
Written by Layla Marino
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