The Fallout – The Times Have Never Changed

THE FALLOUT
“THE TIMES HAVE NEVER CHANGED”
2019
DISCOS MACHETE / REBEL TIME RECORDS

REVIEWS

“The Fallout’s new album could not be any more of a soundtrack to this moment. It’s packed full of fist-pumping punk rock anthems railing against injustice, inequality, and the systemic oppression of the people. It’s music in the grand tradition of late ’70s/early ’80s political punk rock and the protest folk that inspired it. This Toronto-based band has been active since 2004 and strives to write “songs of unity, inclusion, solidarity and struggle”. It’s inspiring now to see so many people finally waking up to injustice in the world and getting angry about it. The Fallout have been angry from the start, and they’re ready as always to take up the fight.

Out on Rebel Time Records and Discos Machete, The Times Have Never Changed opens with the premise that the protest music of the past promised change that has yet to be delivered. That’s not a cynical statement so much as it is a message that the struggle has yet to be won. Over the course of 15 tracks, it’s clear that The Fallout reserves all of its cynicism for institutions of power, which must be resisted and confronted if real change is to ever occur. So don’t let the album title fool you. These guys are true believers in the idea that songs can change the world – or at least that songs have the power to inspire the people who will change the world. If you can watch authority clash with dissent at this moment and honestly side with authority, this is clearly not the band or album for you. The Times Have Never Changed rages against everything from endless wars to partisan politics to institutionalized homophobia to organized religion to police brutality to the marginalization of sex workers. It’s full of urgency, passion, and absolute conviction. Sometimes the whole idea of “political punk” can turn people off because the music tends to be generic at best or an afterthought at worst. But The Fallout is a throwback to a time when protest punk was just as much about the tunes as it was about the message. These guys write catchy songs that are tailor made for you to shout along with. The music is powerful and aggressive but also fun to listen to. And that’s the way it ought to be. If a song is going to inspire people, it has to be inspiring. Songs like “Red Light Union” and “Raise Your Flag” will have you fired up to run through a brick wall for the cause! This is “street” punk in the truest sense of the term – music for the people that is relevant to what’s actually happening on our streets.

Certainly when this album was being prepared for release, the band and labels had no idea it would arrive on the eve of a mass protest movement of historic proportions. But the injustices and inequality that ignited this movement have persisted for geneerations. I used to assume that most people had the sense to know that racism is wrong and fascism is bad. But in this modern-day Bizarro World where anti-fascists are suddenly “terrorists”  and not wanting cops to murder people of color is a “divisive” position, it’s clear that nothing is obvious. We can’t take for granted that sanity will prevail or that progress is inevitable. We must resist and keep resisting. And we will listen to awesome music while we do it.”

(Faster and Louder)

“With a mission statement that has them writing ‘songs of unity, inclusion, solidarity and struggle,’ Toronto’s The Fallout has been fighting the good fight since 2004. Come 2020, they still have a lot to get off their chest and they do it in the form of slick punk rock songs that will have you pumping your fists in the air while your brain is working overtime as they make you think about everything from partisan politics to institutionalized homophobia.

Their latest manifesto is called ‘The Times Have Never Changed’ and it is divided into 15 chapters worth of catchy, highly energetic punk rock bangers that harken back to the days of Stiff Little Fingers and the likes. Every revolution needs a soundtrack. Might as well make ‘The Times Have Never Changed’ yours.” (Punk Rock Theory)

“The Fallout are angry, passionate and committed to the numerous causes they support, like many a punk band. However, what sets them apart from the pack? TUNES my friends, that’s what. These political savvy punks have been railing against the tide since 2004 with a handful of releases which thankfully have been made available on their Bandcamp page remastered, remixed and not to be missed. Also, pay what you want, or free? Nah, scrap free, because we know what work goes into getting underground music out there don’t we?

Anyways, what do you get from The Fallout, 14 tracks of pacey, tuneful, fist pumping anthems, with their interpretations of this fucked up world chronicled into the biting lyrics with Lord Byron’s distinctive vocals to the fore. Patty O’Lantern (bass) he of Brutal Youth and Class War Kids infamy handles the vocals on “Can’t Take It,” “Invincible,” “Red Light Union,” & “Turn It Down,” with him adding a new dimension as well with his backing vocals throughout this great album. The Class War Kids classic “One Last Struggle” is covered within the album.

Comparisons … don’t we love ’em. Think of early SLF,  Newtown Neurotics and fellow Canadians The Subhumans and you’re getting there and like the afore-mentioned, TUNES my friends.  File under absolutely essential.”

(Just Some Punk Songs)

“The Fallout have released their latest full length “The Times Have Never Changed“ via Discos Machete Records and Rebel Time Records, the album follows up on their 2018 EP “Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems” and contains 15 tracks of partisan and unapologetically political punk rock. The Fallout have been delivering their own brand of intense political punk rock and delivering defiant anthems of unity, inclusion, solidarity and struggle since 2004, I’m ashamed to admit that The Fallout had flown under my radar until “The Times Have Never Changed“ landed in my inbox, if you aren’t familiar with The Fallout then there’s no reason not to put this right as the album is available as a pay-what-you-like release.

“The Times Have Never Changed“ hits you with the album’s title track, a song that echoes a common sentiment that the protest songs of the past continue to remain relevant. The same anger at injustice and inequality that fuels DOA, Adolescents and Anti-Flag is running through The Fallout‘s veins, this is an album that delivers intense political punk rock done just as it oughta be. Every single one of the fifteen tracks on “The Times Have Never Changed“ is delivered with a political conviction that few bands can match, and every single target of their fury is hit with a precision attack that is born of vintage punk rock and hardcore. The end result is that “The Times Have Never Changed“ is the perfect soundtrack for the dumpster fire that is 2020.

This year, more than other in my lifetime, has emphasised that things need to drastically change, until they do bands like The Fallout will continue to voice the frustration and anger at the state of the political landscape, all the while maintaining the belief that that times can change for the better. Outside of their native Canada I suspect The Fallout‘s message hasn’t been widely heard, something that they are putting right with their latest album as “The Times Have Never Changed“ is now available at the Discos Machete Records, Rebel Time Records and The Fallout‘s Bandcamp page as a pay-what-you-like release, as are all of The Fallout‘s releases including 2004’s “(Still) Turning Money Into Revolution“, 2005’s “What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue” and 2007’s “Dismantlement (Still)” that have been remixed, remastered and slightly renamed.”

(The Punk Site)