SPOTLIGHT: ESSENTIAL PROPAGANDHI
Despite a metamorphosis of sounds ranging from Fat Wreck Chords skate punk to thrash to shades of arena rock, Propagandhi has always maintained a potent sociopolitical narrative in their artistry. With alumni including John K. Sampson of The Weakerthans, the band has most recently recruited Florida guitarist Sulynn Hago as a replacement to Dave “The Beave” Guillas. Catch Propagandhi at Sugar Nightclub tonight at 8 and in the meantime, check out Holy Smokes' essential Propagandhi listening.
Iteration chronicles the hypothetical trial and sentencing of Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes and remains a fan favourite for both its subject matter and lush finale.
Ominous and prophetic, A Speculative Fiction plays like a dystopian narrative that describes the annexing of Canada by the US.
Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
To quote Mumia Abu-Jamal: “Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires… But what history really shows is that today`s empire is tomorrow`s ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.”
Potemkin City Limits describes the true story of an escaped pig in Alberta who was subsequently captured and dipped in bronze. Drawing on the fable of the Potemkin Village as a metaphor for our cultures willingness to separate ourselves from our animal food source, "Potemkin City Limits" humanizes Francis the pig in a way that most artists fail to, even when describing people.
Duplicate Keys Icaro
An “Icaro" is a shamanic healing song and for those who have experimented with psychedelics, "Duplicate Keys Icaro" will be a salient reminder of the experience. More than likely chronicling an ayahuasca ceremony, "Duplicate Keys Icaro" wraps up Propagandhi’s 2012 release Failed States as its strongest track.