East Cameron Folkcore’s ‘Kingdom of Fear’ will make you think

(Photo by Tyson Zoltan Heder)

(Photo by Tyson Zoltan Heder)

‘Kingdom of Fear’
East Cameron Folkcore (Nine Mile)
3.5 stars out of 5

There’s a lot of stuff going on with Texas-based collective East Cameron Folkcore and it may well take a few spins of third full-length “Kingdom of Fear” for you to fully absorb everything the sprawling band has to offer.

East Cameron CD“Many musicians write about their love life, their baby or their darling,” band leader/primary vocalist Jesse Moore says. “They write about heartache and loss or desire and passion. But this type of emotional self-centering doesn’t interest me. To me, our music is a medium that connects people and addresses issues that are really important.”

The 14-track, 60-minute slab is broken down into four movements — I: The Grand Illusion, II: Through the Looking Glass, III: The People Speak and IV: Ship of Fools — as East Cameron Folkcore blend folk, country, blues and punk to deliver a critical inventory of the modern world. It’s an ambitious project — and, frankly, the band overreaches a bit — but “Kingdom of Fear” makes for a consistently compelling, politically-charged listen.

Among the stronger entries here are the title track, “The Joke,” “Fracking Boomtown,” “When We Get Home,” “Protest Hero,” “Blackheart From a Beating Drum” and sprawling closer “Goodbye to Fear.” East Cameron Folkcore force you think — always a good thing — but be warned you’ll probably be spent by the time the record stops spinning. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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