Release Date: January 7, 2019
Format: Digital, Cassette, and vinyl
Label: 1859 Records
Album Art/Layout: HORSEBITES
Location: Portland, OR
- Dustin Herron (vocals, guitar)
- Jeremy Dunlap (guitar, back-up vocals)
- Joey Mohler (bass, back-up vocals)
- Sean Rule (drums)
Favorite Tracks: Pink, War, Red, Nope, and Trigger
Sounds Like: Propagandhi, Debt Neglector, The Shell Corporation, and Good Riddance
Portland, Oregon punks, Abolitionist are no strangers to politically charged punk rock. I’m a huge fan and loved both the Instant and The Pinnacle (EP)s. So let’s get into their latest release, “A New Militance”. The MLP was released on January 7, 2019. The first thing that caught my eye was the bad ass artwork by Horsebites. If we could give out awards to the best album artwork this one would definitely take the prize.
There is so much anger, emotion, pride, and a sense of a unity against not only a fascist front, but sadly a societal norm. I am referring a societal failure to believe sexual assault victims. By invalidating their experiences, this only leads society as whole to think it is ok, and the suppression will continue. Be sure to show your support for sexual assault victims here, https://www.rainn.org/. We as a scene, cannot and will not tolerate sex assault in any form or manner.
Let’s get into, “A New Militance”. This record is not only some amazing music, but each track is part of a story line to the new Pink Militance. The first track, ‘Pink’, is loaded with raw hardcore riffs, and stellar drums. The lyrics are insanely good,
“Living life under martial law.
Not much else to lose.
We saw pink explode into the air as the paint bombs released miles (and miles) of color to contrast the monochrome.”
The next track up is, ‘War’. The one clocks in at massive 52 seconds. This might be the shortest song on the track, but the pit will rage as the war begins. You can hear the compassion in Herron’s vocals for his cause. The third track is, ‘Red’, and continue the story line. The lyrics again strike out with fierce venom. War is eminent.
“They’re seeing red.
Gonna have a field day.
Too many generations hearing the same old shit”
Next up is my favorite track on the record, ‘Actually’. Just listen below on the bandcamp embed. This song has been stuck in my head for a straight 3 days. No more excuses for keeping women down! Are you ready to dawn the pink mask?
Well, actually … just shut the fuck up,
she said behind the pink mask,
that terror you feel is good.
Fatigued from excuses for generations of abuse,
like it’s some grand conspiracy to keep men underfoot.
‘Nope’ is the next track up. The hooks on bass and guitar are brilliant. This is a warrior’s song. I won’t be like fucking Bono and say, “This is not a rebel song”. This is a proud, fist clenched rebel song! ‘Avalanche’ follows up and comes in roaring hard. This one has more of a hardcore skate punk sound and I love it!
“Trigger” comes up next. It’s a simple song with a powerful message. Now a Michigan GOP rep has stated this a few weeks back. “I’m thinking another Kent State might be the only solution protest stopped after only one death”. Seriously? You’re going to condone shooting peaceful protesters? Do we need another 4 dead in Ohio? No!
“Over” is the last rack on the record. Again some great riffs, powerful drums. You can hear the feeling of hope, in Herron’s vocals. Let me close this one out. Abolitionist’s, “A New Militance”, is a record all punks should own. Not only due to amazing artwork, but for the message. We will not sit by and allow oppression and inequality to continue. As it has for generations and generations. It ends, today. This record on vinyl is a MUST!!!
You can check them at 7th Circle on 8/29!!!
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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)