Sunday, 10 June 2018


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

Hard Left is a mod and skinhead band from members of Lunchbox, Boyracer and Black Tambourine. Hard Left wear their politics on their sleeves. Hard Left hearken back to the early days of street rock to tell stories about now and to motivate the listeners. Hard Left is about action – lift every voice and chant, join arms and resist. Musicallly the band can to remind the classics of Oi! music such as: Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects or Cock Sparrer, but also the clean, few distorted and elegant mod sounds of the 60's decade. But the band's politics are more anachronistic than nostalgic. Unions are relatively weak nowadays. Even in the Bay Area, public opinion has not sided with BART strikers in the last couple of years. Still, even if history has conspired to vilify communism and annex the notion of a "labor movement" to textbooks in most people's view, Hard Left's propaganda in our era of inequality feels highly relevant. Their knowing adherence to outmoded album cover iconography shows that Brown and Schulman are confident enough to own their unfashionable idealism. "Since the collapse of the Soviet Union - of course, that sort of communism needed to fall - but it paved the way for this end-of-history thought and sort of liberal triumphalism," Brown said. His wife, McKean, he continued, put it best when she dubbed Hard Left "Utopian Oi!".
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