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Useless ID Release “Live In Tel Aviv” Album
If live performance remains as the great leveler in the world of rock and roll, then Useless ID floats above the rest with their new album, Live In Tel Aviv, that is out today via Double Helix Records. Boasting ‘no edits,’ the set serves as all the documentation anyone could ever possibly need of the quartet’s melodic-but-sinewy punk chops. Live in Tel Aviv captures the raw energy of the band’s stage show, spread over a staggering 28 songs. From the urgent opening notes of Land Of Idiocracy to the poignant politicism of album closer, State Of Fear, the torrential onslaught refuses to let up.
“Live In Tel Aviv is a recording from our 25th anniversary tour in our hometown of Israel, where we normally celebrate the milestones of the band with a special show. Though we had no idea it would be at the time, it was our last show in Israel before lockdown. We were at the top of our game, so I really felt we caught some lightning in a bottle with the recording.” (vocalist & bassist Yotam Ben Horin)
Songs may change over time, but the band’s core remains committed to the quintessential punk ideal: radical freedom of expression. From dealing with getting dumped to avoiding interpersonal catastrophes to socio-political calls to arms, Useless ID showcases all of their various inspirations on their first official live album. It’s a reminder of the breadth of quality material they’ve released (spanning eight full-length albums and myriad EPs, splits, singles and compilations) and that they’ve never shied away from speaking their collective minds.
When Useless ID took the stage at Tel Aviv’s The Barby in August of 2019, they were already poised to bring a little something extra for their hometown show, coming at the end of a 25th Anniversary tour. Live In Tel Aviv sounds and feels like you’re right there, in the room, a sweaty enthusiastic mob seeing some old pros show everyone how it’s done.