Out today, True Opera is a full-length collaboration between producers Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry. The tracks were improvised in the recording studio during two sessions. Mental Jewelry played drums and bass. Moor Mother performed guitar and vocals. Later, they were joined by drummer Philip Price (Kayo Dot).
“We grew up going to punk shows and playing in punk bands,” explains Steve Montenegro (Mental Jewelry). “We missed the energy of playing instruments live together. On a computer everything is accounted for. This has all of the imperfections and flubs — it’s more of a direct conduit.”
“I think — at least for me, for people my age — there was a shift away from punk rock. At a certain point, you started getting into other music,” he says. “Now I’m like, ‘Crass was right about everything’.”
Stream below True Opera in full & watch the video for track “Look Alive” (directed by Bob Sweeney) also below.
True Opera is out now on Don Giovanni Records.