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1 - PROLETARIAT, THE - SOMA HOLIDAY - (LP) 
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In 1983, the release of The Proletariats debut Soma Holiday was a shocker-while American hardcore punk was becoming more generic, The Proletariat unleashed something strikingly original. The albums opening is a call to arms: the primitive, militaristic bass guitar and drums are sliced with razor-sharp guitar dissidence and vocals full of spit and bite. Avant-garde while remaining tuneful, their debut is considered one of the most brilliant albums to come out the early 80s American hardcore scene. The leafy suburbs of Southeastern Massachusetts, midway between Boston and Cape Cod, isnt where you would expect to find one of Americas most revolutionary sounding and lyrically incendiary rock and roll bands, but that is where The Proletariat began. In 1980, straight from Apponequet High School, Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua, and Frank Michaels began pounding out noise, and soon they added high schooler Tommy McKnight. Inspired by The Buzzcocks, The Jam, PiL, and Wire, the young band tapped into the high energy hardcore punk swirling around and infused it with art-punk excitement. By the time that their classic debut hit, The Proletariat were being referred to as "Americas Gang of Four" and a more supercharged Pop Group. The intelligent anger of the band was a lifeline to many suburban American rejects, young people who knew that life under Reagan wasnt right. The sound of Soma Holiday not only sounds as fresh as ever, the thoughtful politics of its lyrics are just as relevant today in a world of drone strikes and Donald Trump, as they were when Oliver North and Leonid Brezhnev were household names.


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 21-10-2016
Item # : 495698     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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2 - PROLETARIAT, THE - SOMA HOLIDAY - (CD) 
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In 1983, the release of The Proletariats debut Soma Holiday was a shocker-while American hardcore punk was becoming more generic, The Proletariat unleashed something strikingly original. The albums opening is a call to arms: the primitive, militaristic bass guitar and drums are sliced with razor-sharp guitar dissidence and vocals full of spit and bite. Avant-garde while remaining tuneful, their debut is considered one of the most brilliant albums to come out the early 80s American hardcore scene. The leafy suburbs of Southeastern Massachusetts, midway between Boston and Cape Cod, isnt where you would expect to find one of Americas most revolutionary sounding and lyrically incendiary rock and roll bands, but that is where The Proletariat began. In 1980, straight from Apponequet High School, Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua, and Frank Michaels began pounding out noise, and soon they added high schooler Tommy McKnight. Inspired by The Buzzcocks, The Jam, PiL, and Wire, the young band tapped into the high energy hardcore punk swirling around and infused it with art-punk excitement. By the time that their classic debut hit, The Proletariat were being referred to as "Americas Gang of Four" and a more supercharged Pop Group. The intelligent anger of the band was a lifeline to many suburban American rejects, young people who knew that life under Reagan wasnt right. The sound of Soma Holiday not only sounds as fresh as ever, the thoughtful politics of its lyrics are just as relevant today in a world of drone strikes and Donald Trump, as they were when Oliver North and Leonid Brezhnev were household names.


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 21-10-2016
Item # : 495699     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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3 - PROLETARIAT, THE - THE MURDER OF ALTON STERLING - (7") 
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Today, they are considered one of the most influential punk bands of their era. In the Fall of 2016, after a 33-year hiatus, THE PROLETARIAT decided to reunite to celebrate the re-release of their groundbreaking record Soma Holiday. Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight and guitarist Don Sanders (from the Providence band IDLE RICH) reunited for a series of shows in the Fall of 2016 and Spring 2017. The band played to full houses and got rave reviews for their incendiary live show. Given todays political climate, the bands message and sound are as relevant and vital today as they ever were. The shows went so well that the band decided to play more shows and write new music. The band reunited with legendary producer Lou Giordano (JERRYS KIDS, DYS, SIEGE) to record new music. They recorded two songs for an EP entitled The Murder Of Alton Sterling. Giordanos production captures the fury and power of their live performance and intensity. Inspired by THE BUZZCOCKS, THE JAM, PiL, AND WIRE, THE PROLETARIAT was to tap into the high energy hardcore punk swirling around them and infuse it with artpunk excitement. By the time that their classic debut, Soma Holiday, hit, THE PROLETARIAT were being referred to as Americas GANG OF FOUR and a more supercharged POP GROUP. And they were that but more. The intelligent anger of the band was a lifeline to many suburban American rejects, young people who knew that life under Reagan wasnt right. Fast forward 33 years, the band once again gives a voice to those in need.

TRACKLISTING: 01. The Murder Of Alton Sterling 02. Push Back

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Format: 7"

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 01-06-2018
Item # : 516155     NEW
Availability: IN STOCK
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