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Cometh the hour, cometh the band: Seat­tle alt rock­ers’ protest al­bum kills fas­cists.

POLEMIC ISN’T typ­i­cally the grunge pro­gen­i­tors’ shtick, un­less you count their fiery broad­side against Chardon­nay on 2013’s Van­ish­ing Point. But the Trump pres­i­dency has pro­voked from Mud­honey a ven­omous, scabrous, of­ten hi­lar­i­ous protest record, full of ram­shackle blues, sting­ing garage-rock and the oc­ca­sional brawny hard­core pelt. Mark Arm’s lyrics take aim at the un­con­scionable grifters and their heinous kak­istoc­racy, the “Evan­gel­i­cal hyp­ocrites/lay­ing hands on a pile of shit” (21st Cen­tury Pharisees), telling the red­neck vil­lain of Hey Ne­an­der­fuck “All the Oxycon­tin in the world won’t make your headache go away”, and sum­ming up the baby boomer gen­er­a­tion’s mis­sion state­ment as “Fuck the planet/Screw your chil­dren/Get rich/You win” (Pros­per­ity Gospel), be­fore play­ing Christ and wail­ing, “Look at what they’re do­ing in my name these days” on Mes­siah’s Lament.

Four an­gry men: Mud­honey have had enough.

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