polemica – Silly Me – Audio

The Italy based agit-rock quartet polemica released the LP Breach on the 9th.

Polemica - photo by Mariangela Quadrini

Polemica

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) that winds its way deep in to the mind of the listener as the quartet reflect on a world of social-injustice and deliver intriguing queries and angles of perspective all wrapped inside combinations of synth and guitar which have a dystopian presence that looms through the room with the pacey percussion inviting the listener to become involved with the music on the dance-floor while the immersive and expressive vocal unerringly sweeps through melodies and sneering contempt.

The music minds of the likes of the ’80s UK protest bands such as Crass, Poison Girls, Canker Opera etc. with the politically charged message and challenging constructs which veer from structured rock’n’roll to almost experimental spikes – hence with no doubt – as longer stay readers will know – a sound I have no hesitation in recommending to add to the essentials of life playlist.

The sixth track is Silly Me.

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Struggle Session – Good Earth, Mad City – Audio

Struggle Session is a China based agit-rock quartet.

Struggle Session

Struggle Session

A quartet made up of musicians from Morocco, China, the USA and Australia who tirelessly tour both nationally and internationally – Struggle Session deliver music which side-swipes against a world of silos with a brutal tsunami of sound which despite its initial seeming wall of spittle is in fact predominately humorous and satirically scathing while offering a hand of inclusion to those who care about a world of equality and dismissive of those who don’t.

Their most recent release, which came out on the 5th, was a ten track split record with the Chinese outfit Arryam of which they were responsible for four (available on bandcamp), my pick of which is Good Earth, Mad City.

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Pussy Riot & Dave Sitek – Bad Apples – Video

The US based element, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, of the Russian originating agit-rock collective Pussy Riot released the single Bad Apples on the 9th.

Pussy Riot - Bad Apples

Pussy Riot

A collective first featured back in 2012 and featured regularly ever since. News arose late last month that two of the collective were detained in Crimea for a few days.

Currently on a month long tour in the USA with one date in Mexico – the video for Bad Apples was released as part of the International Women’s Day of the 8th.

Bad Apples – Single – Pussy Riot & Dave Sitek is available on iTunes.*

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Gavin Chappell-Bates – Bad Faith / Good Faith – Single Review

The English agit-rock creator Gavin Chappell-Bates is finalising details of the LP – The Last One.

Gavin Chappell-Bates - Bad Faith / Good Faith

Gavin Chappell-Bates

Each composition featured has been of different texturing and the song Bad Faith / Good Faith, which is being released as a stand alone single on the 8th of December (available on bandcamp), with its indie-dance vibe, is no exception to the pattern.

Whilst simultaneously inviting the listener to the dance-floor in a good mood Bad Faith / Good Faith equally implores the audience to stop being herded in to ‘acceptable’ silos of  behaviour as the lyric laments of a world in which living a life which is true to ones own beliefs is de facto the wrong thing to do unless they fit the proscribed uniformity of thought process.

Whether you listen to the song ignoring the dance invitation and preferring to ingest the lyric in contemplative mood I merely posit spending time in company will not be time you will regret spending.

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The Bordellos – They Shoot horses don’t they – Audio

The English agit-rock trio The Bordellos were first introduced back in 2014.

The Bordellos - They Shoot horses don't they

The Bordellos

Word arrives that they may be packing up their bags for a while – though before they disappear – perhaps for ever – from the most recent four track EP The Bordellos underground tape vol 7 (available on bandcamp) the second track They Shoot horses don’t they minds the listener of their long reach to us all. One can only hope they rediscover interest in their own creativity as they sit as a beacon of light in the fog of the malaise of the 21st Century and should they dim – it will be a sadness of passing.

In the possibility that this is a eulogy – I extend my thanks to The Bordellos and gratitude for their legacy.

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