Establish the anti-folk
Thumbs up on the buzzing, and a must-have for the acoustic on-the-road collection
Riots and kazoos this week: two bands with flavor, soul and a story to tell TEN STRINGS FOR REVOLUTION The String-Bo String Duo
From the back of the cabaret, the String-Bo String Duo shows how the use of 10 simple strings can spark a revolution and stand in the face of oppression.
“Ten Strings For Revolution” starts off with a mellow guitar and piano that quickly establishes the band’s position against the establishment and encourages anyone to join in their cause. The easy progression, coupled with the lyrics, is an excellent start to the album that brings the listener in with interesting melodies and passionate vocals.
Moving next to “So F**king What,” the band challenges the ideologies of many in the “protest” scene around the U.S. The song brings to light that people would rather focus on fashion and hairstyles than to change the world we live in.
The song’s almost reggae tempo helps to establish the “rules” set in place for protests and marches while the fastpaced chorus begs to ask
“so what”? The lyric, “Your respect for authority is counterrevolutionary,” clearly shows this band isn’t concerned with the trivial and would rather see change than leftist in-fighting.
This album is a collection of songs crafted from actual revolutionaries, contrary to the ones who sit at local coffee shops contemplating anarchism and liberation. The Sting-Bo String Duo brings some of these songs with such furry that it’s almost folly to challenge them.
“The Dystopian Dysentery Destiny of Anprim’s” is a cry to separate from society and a look into how we can live without the toiletries and amenities of the modern world. It’s an interesting look at living off the land and away from modern world.
The song ironically ends with the notion that those involved would eventually die of dysentery; however, it is yet to be determined if dying of such a disease is worse than living in modern society.
Overall, this music is not for those who would prefer the top 40. This music is for anyone looking for a different take on action and wants to dive a bit deeper into the ideals of a revolution.
The red and black flag does not fly without a reason, and this case is no different. Those looking at collective action and anarcho-syndicalism should look no further than this incredible display of musical talent, lyrical knowledge and understanding for their next musical endeavor. A must-have for the acoustic collection on the road.
Check out The String-Bo String Duo at tsbsd.bandcamp. com/album/ten-strings-forrevolution-re-mastered.
TINKIN’ PETE Tinkin’ Pete
Kazoos and ukes, what more can one want from Canadian folk punk duo Tinkin’ Pete on their debut, self-titled EP?
Beginning with a fun, folky singalong, Tinkin’ Pete delivers “Beer Song”, a well-written look at the fun behind having a few drinks and reminiscing with friends. The song doesn’t paint a negative light on the subject, but rather is a nihilistic anthem about having fun, missing friends and rocking out with a killer kazoo solo.
Quickly moving on to “My Friends,” Tinkin’ Pete gives a nod to their many friends and the lives they live. Despite the trouble in the world, Tinkin’ Pete sits back and looks at the benefits of having friends with this mellow addition to the record.
The band finds beauty in their friends and the crazy antics everyone goes through and uses their vocal talents to display their emotion in the chorus.
The album takes a more somber and serious turn with “Corner of the World,” which displays a haunting fingerpicking guitar melody with interesting vocals taking the forefront of the song. The song is an interesting take on one’s ability to fit in their own corner of the world.
Sometimes, artists can feel ostracized from those around them, even in the same scene. The song gives comfort to those who feel they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Closing the album with the “Cigarette Song” ties up this well-developed album of inner reflection and shows the talent of both artists. Using cigarettes as a hurdle to accomplish other tasks is an interesting metaphor and a well-used aesthetic for this album.
Smoking is a difficult habit to quit, and relating that to other challenges in life can help others understand how much of struggle one might be going through. The vocals in this song indicate some sort of struggle that is temporarily resolved at the end of the song with a humorous recording by the band.
Overall, Tinkin’ Pete is a great, fun little album to pick up and learn a few things about this band. Not every band can pull off such kazoo usage, but thumbs up on the buzzing here!
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