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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Music Review: Propagandhi – Supporting Caste

Music Review: Propagandhi – Supporting Caste

It’s everything Potemkin City Limits was and more. It’s a little more melodic, but the metal-esque guitar/drums are still present. It’s like the heavier parts of Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes for an hour. Pretty much solid the whole way through. It’s survived for a couple of days in my car so far, which means that even the songs that didn’t catch my attention right away are growing on me. If I don’t listen to an album more than twice in my car, it doesn’t rank very high (which is different, and by all means better than bad). It’s on an mp3 disc side by side with a whole mess of 1970’s hardcore (999, Cortinas, Lunachicks, etc), some Lawrence Arms, The Dog-Faced Hermans and (of all things for this disc) Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Dandelion Gum. It’s outplaying all of that currently. (I might drive 6 miles per day but I somehow spend 40 minutes in my car. You do the math.)

All of the tracks are fairly impressive (tracks 8 and 9 don’t play in my car because it hates me, though). “Dear Coach’s Corner” is punk + hockey. That’s pretty much amazing. The track “Potemkin City Limits” (which is not on same-titled album) is catchy and sounds like it should be on Today’s Empires. Also, “Last Will and Testament” is great. I crank it up at stop-lights. That’s symbolism for how good it sounds.

The anti-meat thing kinda bugged me (“Human(e) Meat (The Flensing of Sandor Katz)”). That’s pretty much sums it up. The anti-capitalist thing doesn’t bother me -I’ve kinda got a thing against corporations myself (all about the mom’n’pop stores, yo).

Track Listing:

  1. “Night Letters”
  2. “Supporting Caste”
  3. “Tertium Non Datur”
  4. “Dear Coach’s Corner”
  5. “This Is Your Life”
  6. “Human(e) Meat (The Flensing of Sandor Katz)”
  7. “Potemkin City Limits”
  8. “The Funeral Procession”
  9. “Without Love”
  10. “Incalculable Effects”
  11. “The Banger’s Embrace”
  12. “Last Will and Testament”

Don’t be a jerk like me and download it before it’s released and buy it. I’ll be getting mine soon and I recommend you do too. It might be one of the best punk albums of the year, but I see competition on the horizon, and not from the usual suspects.

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