Comrades Return With ‘MATTER OF FACT’.
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A common name seen in both their home-locale and on the ever increasing population of Punk communities on the internet, Comrades are a New York City Punk-Rock band that do their best to bridge Ska, scrappy Folk Punk, their clear conviction to their strong leftist ideals and perhaps most importantly their passion for music and the enjoyment it brings.
The band released MATTER OF FACT on the 25/12/17 which I’m sure is important for one reason or another but that’s something to ponder for another time. MATTER OF FACT begins with the break-neck pace of the canine-friendly ‘Paws Not Laws’. The band’s percussion is unrelenting and the abrasive vocal interplay could match any of the faster Star Fucking Hipsters tracks while the constant classic tin-like bass gives the band a clear classic-Punk appeal. All the while the jangly-tone of the lead strings gives all the crust punks something to dance to when they aren’t reciting that memorable chorus.
Sing-a-long melodic Ska-Punk is your sound in ‘Bodega Cats’ while the Operation Ivy throwback of ‘It’s A Plant Not A Crime’ lays down yet another crowd pleasing chorus. Comrades always have a point to make but do so in such a way that isn’t preachy rather simplistic, crowd engaging and relatable.
‘WHY ARE ALL THESE POLITICIANS
TRYING TO RULE MY LIFE?
WHEN ALL I WANT TO DO IS
SMOKE A BLUNT AND RIDE MY BIKE.’
You know whats cool? Helping people out. In ‘Give More // Expect Less’ the message is clear and communicated via 00:43 of pit-churning old-school Hardcore Punk filtered through (you guessed it) another Folk charged chorus.
Speaking of Folk music, Comrades are know for their multiple versions of much of their material and with the Folk versions of ‘Paws Not Laws’ you are presented with a far more barebones Comrades and despite the impressive “plugged in” performance you can’t help but see the band at their best here.
‘Stick and Poke’ is another raw and charged Folk track where Comrades’ already honesty lyrics open-up just that little but further while on the other hand ‘Coffee Or Meth’ heads-off in another direction and answers the apparent age-old debate between to two very different commodities.
The band close this digital set with a stripped down version of the again crucial message of ‘Give More /// Expect’ less.