@@@ Meet Me @ the Altar: Bigger than Me EP (Self-released, 2019) All of today’s listens are from a profile in the Guardian about the black punk scene in the wake of Afropunk. I started today’s listen with the Muslims record below so when we compare the sounds of the two this record is a polished Southern Comfort emo sound with big production, catchy choruses. It’s not a criticism it’s just an observation that not all punk records sound the same. The lyrical focus here is on emotional dynamics, relationships and shit. The whole band plays hard with a lot of energy and though it’s not my favorite style of punk they rock it. The singer has a great voice really dwarfing standard Cali dude on the mic.
@@@ The Muslims: Mayo Supreme (Don’t Panic, 2019) Oh man, what’s sweeter than three dark people in North Carolina starting a punk band called the Muslims? They open up classic and abrasive punk with smart and cutting lyrics. I’m feeling this bigly. Female on the mic with a sharp tongue, let it all out we’ll all feel much better! The first line of F**k the Cistem is why are men such fucking trash? Yes. I’m gonna peep a little more to get pumped up before I go burn Whitey’s house down but this record will be on my year end list. I’m tipping out at track 4, the title track, but thus far all four tracks have been bursting with obscenity and righteous disdain for general cocksuckery out there.
@@@ MAAFA: Demo 2017 (Self-released, 2017) I could not find these guys up on Apple Music which is a shame as they combine punk nihilism and sonics with traditional Afro rhythms and sporting a black female vocalist. When they get to the chorus they bring it and they bring it hard and classic. I like this a whole bunch, the lyrics, the sounds, and the playing, it’s music with substance. I’m guessin there are some Bad Brains records in this band’s collection. On their bandcamp page they say they’re working on their first full length — let’s hope they get on it and finish soon. Really heartfelt and high quality music to get you pumped up, check it out!
YTD recordings listened to: 419
Good music, not list worthy: 253
Not good music: 142
Honorable Mentions: 0
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