Local Record Review: 'The Invisible Empire' by Beatnik
The Invisible Empire
A little out of our usual coverage here given that Beatnik are over the hills in Corona (rather than Corona Del Mar, say), but given the continuing Occupy protests -- accompanied with various articles and comments about 'where is the music or anthem of the movement?,' as if it specifically required one -- there's something timely about something arriving in our inbox with a bold "Socialism Saves Lives" logo on the insert and song titles like "Apathy is a Weapon." Still, we gotta remind the band, IE isn't OC (and vice versa).
Still, lyrically we're generally in more well-meaning than memorably apt territory, thus a typical line from "Madison, WI," referencing the protests in that city at the start of this year: "They don't give a damn about you/They don't give a damn about me/Money is the only thing they see." Throw in things like the accent on "The Hypocrite Dance" (presumably Argentinian given the description of Mark Sanford's adulterous travails) and there's something Fugs-like about this in intent if not full execution. Beatnik aren't the Fugs, though, but credit for trying.
The Invisible Empire can be heard via CDBaby and eMusic.