Thanks to Razorcake for the swell reviews of the Afterboltxebike and Urban Vietcong cassettes!
AFTERBOLTXEBIKE: Self-titled: CS
Anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, and one hundred percent communist punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The cover shows the band sitting in front of a table spread out with several classic punk records including Black Flag, Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, and Sick Of It All but their sound is more of the vein of street punk and at their toughest reminiscent of early Fucked Up. The lyrics are all in Spanish and are what you would expect from an anti-authoritarian band with subjects such as killing fascists, living in an exhausting working class society, and the importance of reading (“read to study, read to learn, read to liberate!”) As part of the proletariat, I identify with much of what they’re pissed about, particularly the lyrics in “No Pasaran”: “I’m sick of waking up at 4AM day after day, not to go running, not to eat, not even to watch TV… moonlighting not for fun but for necessity…” That’s me! Good stuff! –Juan Espinosa (Rebel Time)
URBAN VIETCONG: Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere: CS
Political punk from Italy performed in a mid-tempo pace of the street punk and oi variety. “Drunken Sailor” definitely has a Dropkick Murphys vibe. All the lyrics are in Italian and I know very little of it (“stronzo,” “cazzo,” and other bad words) with the exception of the aforementioned “Drunken Sailor” sung in English and “Uno. Dos. Uno. Tres.” in Spanish and is definitely anti-fascist and anti-cop. I’m down with that. Fans of the Czech label Pasazer will be into this. –Juan Espinosa (Rebel Time / Dure Realite)