One of U.K. punk’s best-loved underground acts, punk-popsters Nervus deal with the subject of gender dysphoria on their brilliant debut album, Permanent Rainbow. Vocalist Em Foster is a captivating presence on the record, which makes their pertinent lyrics hit you with great impact.
Born from the same U.K. DIY indie/punk scene as Muncie Girls, Bristol post-hardcore four-piece Petrol Girls deliver a feverish feminist outlook. “It’s my body/My fucking choice!” declares vocalist Ren Aldridge on superb single “Touch Me Again.” This band match a powerful message with an even more powerful sound.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 15 years, you’ll be well aware of Chicago punk legends Rise Against’s political views. Latest album Wolves sees Tim McIlrath and co. setting their sights on the Trump regime, and you can guarantee that Rise Against won’t stop campaigning against the current president until he’s left the White House. Even after he’s gone, McIlrath will probably continue to tell President Trump to fuck off. Fair enough, really.
Norwegian punks Sløtface (pronounced “Slutface”) have long displayed a feminist and environmentalist outlook. The latter is best evidenced by the video for “Sponge State,” which sees the band performing on top of a fjord in protest of a mining company dumping chemicals at the location.
SONIC BOOM SIX
Electro-ska gang Sonic Boom Six can be seen live on this year’s Warped Tour, and if politically-motivated punk is your thing, they’re well worth checking out this summer. Latest album The F-Bomb sees the Manchester, U.K. five-piece fully embracing their ska and reggae tendencies, but their social commentary remains as powerful as ever.
Indie-pop-punk trio the Tuts are using the current U.K. general election and their bouncy songs to shine a light on the political dilemmas facing Britain in 2017. The band are currently promoting the motto “People Power Knock Down Tory Towers”—a reference to the band’s song “Give Us Something Worth Voting For,” and their disdain with the U.K.’s current governing party, the Conservatives (nicknamed “the Tories”) .
One of the most sought-after bands in the U.K. indie scene, VANT might be appealing to the musical masses, but their tunes are characterized by a socially aware attitude that’s rarely found on mainstream airwaves. They’re yet another band on this list with an eye on the environment, too: “We want peace and love/We want Mother Nature,” sings frontman Mattie Vant on “PEACE & LOVE.”
WHILE SHE SLEEPS
Wrapping things up are metalcore titans While She Sleeps, whose latest album You Are We displays a call for unity at a time when, both domestically and globally, different races, religions, and political views are being capitalized on and seeing societies being torn apart. While She Sleeps understand that together we are stronger, and on You Are We, their aim is to take that message to the world.
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