09 March 2009
by Mischa Pearlman
Whoever said politics and music don’t or shouldn’t mix clearly didn’t tell the folks in Propagandhi. Aside from having one of the most potent (yet subtle) political names of any punk band ever, they’ve also been venting their political spleens and frustrations for over twenty years.
Supporting Caste, their fifth album, shows no sign of the four-piece growing older gracefully. If anything, the current economic and political climate of the world (Obama’s election victory excepted, perhaps) has rejuvenated and inspired them to record one of the most powerful political music statements of recent years.
Beginning with the grinding introductory riffage of ‘Night Matters’, it’s clear from the offset that there’s no holding back here. Propagandhi, as always, have something to say and nothing’s going to get in the way of them saying it.
The topics and problems addressed vary, from their hypothetical murder of fermentation fetishist Sandor Katz (‘Human(e) Meat’), the insidious right wing polemics of Canadian hockey pundits (the sublime ‘Dear Coach’s Corner’) or the West’s myopic vision of struggle of day to day life and the problems of the world, but they’re all given the same well-researched, analytical, intelligent lyrical treatment.
They’re also all set to some of the catchiest, hookiest melodic punk – that even if you disagree with, or disregard entirely, the messages held within the songs, it’s hard to ignore their visceral emotional impact. Two decades on, then, Propagandhi are just as relevant and important as they ever were. Thank fuck for that.
Sounds like: the punishment that George W Bush deserves, Good Riddance, Boysetsfire
Top Tracks: Dear Coach’s Corner, Supporting Caste
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste tracklisting
Tertium Non Datur
Dear Coach’s Corner
This Is Your Life
Human(e) Meat (The Flensing of Sandor Katz)
Potemkin City Limits
The Funeral Procession
The Banger’s Embrace
Last Will & Testament