Local Record Review: 'Captured American Flag Displayed Upside Down' by Kabong
Captured American Flag Displayed Upside Down
Call it Orange County's history of not-quite-mainstream when it comes to politics, call it a release perfectly timed for the moment given Occupy Wall Street is happening, call it a mixture of anti-authoritarian impulses over the past ten years. And more besides, since Kabong's Captured American Flag Displayed Upside Down is that kind of everything-and-anything right down to the cover art. There's a copy of the Constitution going into a shredder on the back, under two paragraphs about the invasion of Iraq, another inside panel discusses 9-11 Trutherism in detail, under the disc itself is art talking about protecting whales from Navy sonar testing. If it were all wrapped around a cake of Dr. Bronner soap instead, nobody would bat an eye (even if those guys are San Diego-based instead of OC).
If anything, more than a few moments seem like they would be fun enough no matter what the context or lyrical focus, as with "Call of the Wild," in its own boogie/modern country stomp way, or "Not Going Home" pumping up a bit of U2-styled anthemicism. Meanwhile there's a brief interview snippet with George Carlin and an extended one with an engineer going full-on into 9-11 theories about being an inside job so at times it seems less like an album and more like a collage of impulses and influences, not always the ones you expect to run into.