Sunday, 10 June 2018


"we are hard left"
Year:    2016
Country:    US
City:    Oakland
Label:    Future perfect
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    16
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!

Passionately political Oakland Mod and skinhead outfit Hard Left release a new fourteen tracks album in 2015, so big fan Glenn Airey fired a few friendly enquiries across the pond. Hard Left exist at a gloriously rowdy collision point for Oi! music, class politics, pop art and skinhead stylings. Their debut album "we are hard left" was packed with insurrectionary Oi! anthems, and snatches of bootboy terrace chants of the kind last heard echoing around England’s long-crumbled post-war football grounds. Perhaps the least predictable aspect of this socialist street rock package, however, is that they’re doing it all out of Oakland, California: a pocket of resistance in this ever-more gentrified region at the heart of late tech-capitalism. The band’s terrific new 4-track single "strike" is also available now, so it seemed a good time to ask them about the possibilities and contradictions posed by their paradoxically populist yet confrontational approach. Rude voice, short songs, few distorted guitars and mid-tempo street rock which can to remind Cock Sparrer, Cockney Rejects or even Red London at the same time. Veteran musicians with mature and intelligent lyrics too. Highly recommended.
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