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28 days later | never | redux


bagpipe |ˌbagpʌip | noun (usu. bagpipes)

The bagpipe is a wind instrument used among the ancient Greeks but is known as a Scottish and Irish instrument. Source: Foster, Ellsworth D. The American Educator (Chicago: Ralph Durham Company, 1921)

Had viral collagists, God Speed You! Black Emperor occupied a space somewhere in Europe between 1969 and 1975, they may well have been tarred with the ugly pointed stick underpinning Progressive Rock. The nomenclature. Compared, uncharitably, to Tangerene Dream, their incestuous tangle is – to my nose – an altogether more appealing blend. Pardon me while I cough. Uncork the Coedine Linctus.

The bagpipe is a punctured lung. Impaled on congenitally stricken ventricles. As it is, this Montreal collective make interesting music with an anaesthetic bent. Their \”Dead Flag Blues\” – to my own ears – reminds me vaguely of Sun City Girls. \”Not In My League\”. Maybe it\’s the ancestral blood transfusion. A cellular migration. Newfoundland, free church lairs; ramshorn kirks. The orphaned bone is pallid. Through and through. Lightly freckled with moss. Those bagpipes on \”East Hastings\” convince me just how much cloying sentimentality invades the shallows. The best piper I have listened to is Portuguese, hands down, but here evangelical moribundity prevails. \”East Hastings\” is an east to westerly gael, anchored in three parts:

2.1: \’Nothing\’s Alrite in our Life / Dead Flag Blues (reprise)\’; 2.2: \’The Sad Mafioso\’; 2.3: \’Drugs in Tokyo / Black Helicopter\’

1998 was the year my first born was conceived. He is not so old as to be wholly mute in crisis. On top of his game. Just yesterday I bathed the wound on his shin; bandaged his ankle.

School nurses, it seems, have elected to embrace phage therapy. Dispensing with the iodine. The notion of untenable costs.

The puddle water smelled foul. Crawling with pathogens. Opportunistic infections.

\”East Hastings\” – after surgical intervention – appears fleetingly in Danny Boyle\’s \”28 Days Later\”. Surrender to sleight of hand, you will almost certainly miss it.

Postscript: < infection detected: contained: antibiotics implemented > GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR: EAST HASTINGS from \”F♯ A♯ ∞\” LP (Constellation) 1998 (Canada)

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