The acidic reflex burn that occurs when politicians spew shouldn’t be tolerated, but used to fuel the people’s change. Barfbag channels years of frustration for a protest laced, punk track that urges a call to action.
Comprised of vocalist David Bason, Brian Viglione (The Dredsen Dolls, The Violent Femmes, Nine Inch Nails) on drums, and Kenny Carkeet (AWOLNATION), Barfbag’s inception comes at a pivitol moment and precedes the band’s forthcoming album, Let’s Stop A War, due on Election Day, November 3 via Stay Gold Records.
On their latest single, “Street Crime,” the high throttled rage continues to lead the band’s socio-political commentary and redirects the “intended blame” that stems from oppression. The aggressive chants and potent blast beats throw the track’s exposed words towards a moment of realization for unaware listeners: “You won’t pin a face on street violence / You won’t blame it on the black and brown / Oppression will be met with violence / From the working class, from the working class.”
Any hint of suppressed hurt comes to a moment of reflection on the melodic break that dips into a very nostalgic alternative-rock sound. Through its changed tempo, the track allows full absorption of the line, “Street Crime is a reaction to oppression.” The track continues to attack, educate, and reignite lost flames that sit well next to previous releases, such as the lengthy track, “Morrisey Wears Leather Shoes” and “A Moment of Clarity Between Tweets.”
Vocalist David Bason shares more on the track:
“The lyric in this song is ‘Street crime is a reaction to oppression.’
Systemic racism keeps minorities from owning property. Bigoted lending practices shut black and brown communities out of owning. Property ownership is the most proven way of amassing wealth. The inability to own property leads to generation poverty and a lack of upward economic mobility.
If you look at street level crime through this lens it starts to make sense. ‘When we can’t pay the power bill, when we can’t pay our rent, when we can’t even put fast food on the table….you will not blame the victim.’ If we have to break the law to get by we are not the problem.
This song has a call to action. It’s time to fight back. The working class will hit you where it hurts, in the pocketbook. The end of the song depicts a few scenarios where fighting back could really make a difference.”
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