The Bohos

The Bohos is the agit-rock quartet of Ben AngelLuke CradockLouis Lanfear and Will Jefferies from Bath in England.

The Bohos - agit-rock from England

The Bohos

Acerbic lyric of societal disconnect is submerged within music that ranges across many styles. One minute funkadelic, the next rock ‘n’ roll and then – something else, however the content remains constant.




Their powerful political commentary is even more pugilistic for the very fact that they are able to elucidate, through their variety performance, the potential cohesiveness of the 99% if they only stopped fracturing and taking chunks out of each other at the behest of the 1%. That isn’t to say the The Bohos are as irritable as I, far from it, they deliver the music from which the audience finds themselves in party mode as they, primarily, are about making people feel better for having supped of their brew.

The quartet have carved out a niche of creativity in which they can satisfy both those who like music with political commentary with a punch along with those who prefer a less confrontational approach and both camps will find ideas they can claim as banners to hold high, whilst dancing together at the party that is The Bohos.

Their most recent track Leaders Don’t Love You surfaced less than three hours ago.

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Pujol

Daniel PujolZach ProsserBrett Rosenberg and Benji Coale from Columbia in the USA form the agit-rock band Pujol.

Pujol - agit-rock from the USA

Pujol

Whilst the music is steeped in rock ‘n’ roll Pujol deliver a message of commentary in a world where, an office building atrium larger than a housing estate is a signal of success, casting scant regard for the largesse of quantitative easing for corporations but derision of the individuals who comprise society.




Pujol are able to deliver material that tempts the audience to the dance-floor as the good time sounds of even temper grab hold of the feet whilst simultaneously the lyric grumbles of a world in which ownership of glittery-tat is a mark of worth to the world.

The quartet are a delightful dichotomy who are able to conjoin vacuity with perspicacity and not alienate anyone in the process which is perhaps the greatest ironical statement made by a band for many a year, or perhaps the most sharp-eyed mendacious commentary.

Pujol do not cast aspersions on however their audience wishes to partake, trusting their message will surface, though evidently somewhat circumspect of the ability of many to engage without it being of meme, which in itself is yet another disparaging repost by the band and as you know – I have much time for musicians who journey with cynicism.

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Pravda Cabal

Joe Hammill (Guitar / Vocals), Nick Dixon (Bass), Jack Smith (Guitar) and Sam Smith (Drums)  from Bedworth in England form the agit-rock band Pravda Cabal.

Pravda Cabal - agit-rock from England

Pravda Cabal

With only limited material to hear I can only recommend getting to know Pravda Cabal in their early days as they combine furious lyric, railing against societal disconnection, with euphonious melody which gives the construct greater impact.




Blended guitars allow the quartet to describe the arcs of the journey as they lay-out the landscape allowing the bass to rumble around the room in idiosyncratic isolation whilst percussion ties the elements together. It is to the absolute credit of Pravda Cabal that rather than thrusting their message down the throat of the listener they have chosen to utilise superbly constructed compositions and delivery to make their wary eye more forceful and I look forward to hearing more of their material in short order.

Thinking of which, it is with some kindness, despite my usual ranting email replies I am able to share with you a track that won’t be released until the 16th of January – Crumble And Fall.

My two hopes for future material is that there isn’t another gap of a year between releases and they are able to herd songs in to a bundle to allow the listener to hit play and enjoy a thread of delightful music.

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Blindmunkee

Blindmunkee is the agit-rock quintet of G (Vocals), Mik (Bass), Stu (Guitar), Adz (Drums) and Lem (Vocals) from Melbourne in Australia.

Blindmunkee - agit-rock from Australia

Blindmunkee – agit-rock from Australia

Raking gouges out of societal dysfunction Blindmunkee offer an engaging sound best describe as hip-hop metal. Guitar welts emblazon the wall, as the bass and percussion bound around the room switching between grinding grooves and rumbustious lashes as a half spoken lyric ties the disparate elements together.


The audience is not left in a state of confusion, rather left wanting more, as Blindmunkee deliver an out-put that immediately on hitting play, makes perfect sense. The sneering rage captivates the listener as the quintet deliver their tracks that contain both melodic themes and out-right rancour and the body is left in the unusual space of head-banging whilst jiving.

Establishing an ever growing presence in their home country with their fiery live performances it will be interesting to see if Blindmunkee are able to transfer that to wider international audience and to help with this I hope they find some time to release more material as the tracks, whilst often focussing on National and Local issues, have a global relevance.

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Two Chords

Two Chords from Tomsk in Russia is the agit-rock quartet of Anton Serov, Denis Ivashkov, Sergey Rokhmanyuk and Dmitry Novikov.

Two Chords - Dead People - artwork

Two Chords – Dead People – artwork

Drawing clear references from US ’00s indie Two Chords are, unlike the plasticity of their influences, able to strike a position of genuine frustration and rage with songs that lament a crumbling structure.


I am minded of many bands I write about from Russia who are able to inject sincerity and realism to the major-label rubbish that emerged from the USA in the ’90’s and 00’s under the PR headline of ‘indie-punk’, that influences their out-put, turn it all on its head and come up with a sound, that whilst still difficult to be endeared by, has much to demonstrate of the continuing stream of bands with much to say about social constructs. Despite what so called ‘rock musicians’ cocooned in major label funding like to pontificate doesn’t exist ‘any-more’, which always sticks in my throat as the vast majority of those lamenting are plastic formulaic performers themselves.

Whilst not music that I will add to my every-day list, Two Chords most definitely reach the mark of a band with much of value to say and I wish them every success for the future and it is a pleasure to introduce them to you.

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