Thursday, December 24, 2009
a//Political - Propaganda by Deed & Planting the Seed of Revolution
A//Political was active during the mid to late 90s. Their style is similar to that of many "peace punk" bands from the early 1980s and was heavily influenced by anarcho-punk bands like Crass and Conflict. Members were involved in the Crasshole Collective and the Anarcho-Punk Federation (A.P.F.). Many members were in other local punk bands such as Coexist, Flag Fallen and U.S. War Commission. Stas (vocals) also sang for Boston area anarcho-punk band, Krema-1.
Similar to bands like Crass who had shitty shitty songs, only somehow alot of these songs are surprisingly pretty catchy. Who Will Build the Roads, It's Not About Politics It's About Life, and You Are What You Consume are probably my favourite songs. I actually even used You Are What You Consume as the title of my other blog.
So this is two of their albums.
The Crasshole Collective also doubled as a record label. While they were mainly responsible for releasing their first album, "Planting the Seeds of Revolution," on tape and their 7" ep, "Propaganda by Deed" they also produced at least two compilation tapes of various politically minded bands and a tape by Flag Fallen. The musical caliber of the comp tapes varied wildly because recording quality or musical talent were not used as filter criteria. Instead, the message of the bands was the focus.
Crasshole also produced the little known and poorly recorded debut album from the now well known folk-punk band Against Me!. Only a handful of the first run were sold. (If anyone wants that Against Me! debut album, comment on this entry and I can upload it)
So yeah. "The musical caliber of the comp tapes varied wildly because recording quality or musical talent were not used as filter criteria. Instead, the message of the bands was the focus." That pretty much describes this band, even though they're kinda catchy and good. Very political lyrics. Focus more on what they're saying/singing, it's pretty smart and clever.