'JESUS WAS GAY' is the provocative 16th release from Montreal's veteran 'rebel news orchestra/rock 'n roll cabaret', RHYTHM ACTIVISM (RA) .

   The  48 minute CD shows how these ever topical, irreverent, anarcho-musical chameleons - active since 1986 -  can whip up a smorgasbord of bizarre tales, truth and 'rhythm magnetism ' to capture the imagination of fans worldwide. Critics often compared RA to CHUMBAWAMBA, THE EX, DOG FACED HERMANS, FUGAZI and 'Tom Waits with a butcher knife.'

 

      The 12 tracks include a stirring new version of RA's classic, pro-feminist ballad, 'Helen Armstrong,' about an unknown heroine of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike  ( Bob Wiseman said this song "should be the new Canadian national anthem"); the rib-tickling, anti-homophobic,  jazz/ country/gospel sing-a-long 'Jesus was Gay;' ' a true-life, Prairie love song about a Canadian legend, 'Mike Swystun, once billed 'the world's strongest man;' an anti-corporate junk food circus tale, 'Ronald Fucking McDonald;' a farmer vs the banks, macabre, revenge-fantasy folk tale, 'Jack Daw,' a vodka drenched, rocking, traditional Ukrainian dance, 'Hopak;' and the haunting, soul stirring, adult lullaby, 'In the Darkest Hour.'

    'JESUS WAS GAY' features RA co-founders Sylvain Ct (guitars/accordion) and Norman Nawrocki (vocals/violin) with Wilf Plum (drums), Luc Bonin (bass), Claude Dion (sax) and Minda Bernstein (violin).   It's been released by Winnipeg's G-7 Welcoming Committee Records.

 

 

 

'Spiritually aligned with The Ex & vintage Gang of Four, Jesus Was Gay is both maddeningly eclectic and exhilaratingly challenging'

- Eye, Toronto

 

'Mordantly funny, wickedly smart & musically fascinating' ****

- The Winnipeg Sun

 

'With its poetry, it's crazy violin & other suprises, this is an album to revive your spirits......RA is a group that inspires rebellious thoughts & leaves people smiling wherever they go'

- ICI, Montreal

 

'Jesus Was Gay is bound to shake up the Catholic League'

- Lesbian & Gay New York

 

 'This gay Christ kicks ass'

- XTRA! West, Vancouver

 

  'Spans country, punk & East European stomp.....title tune should have been the theme song for (Terence McNally's) 'Corpus Christi'

- Village Voice, New York

 

 'RA's ability to mix relevant political discussion with body moving rhythms sets them apart from so many 'political' bands'

- Pittsburg City Paper

 

 'Funny as hell...will bring you to your feet and shake your whole body, not just your fist'

- In Pittsburgh

 

 'Another gem from Canada's premier anarchist, klezmer, marachi punk band'

- The Defenestrator, Philadelphia

 

 ''Jesus Was Gay condemns homophobia & the evils of corporatism & celebrates the role of women in social activism'

- Kitchener/Waterloo Record

 

 

 'A genial, hoe-down rave up'

- The Gazette, Montreal

 

 

 'Jesus Was Gay is the smote-in-God's eye-catching title of RA's latest CD, whose title track has an off-beat, swinging country sound, with singing that sounds like Tom Waits sawing wood'

- XTRA! Toronto

 

  'Thought-provoking material ... Some of it quite lively '

- Exclaim!, Toronto

 

'The first cut....is a song of exquisite beauty & depth.

- Swerve Magazine, Winnipeg

 

  'Contains radical history, revenge fantasy, contemporary tales, & some kickin' traditional Eastern European instrumentals'

- View, Hamilton

 

                                                                                                                      ' No problem reconciling pleasure with content for something devilishly effective.  What distinguishes RA from other socially committed artists is that they are as diverse as they are effective.'

- VOIR, Montreal

 

 'The humour just oozes from this chaotic masterpiece....a toe-tapping, knee-slapping, foot-stomping Canadian album...indie talent at its finest'

- TIMES 10, Edmonton