Strike Anywhere are over in September for exclusive NL show29-03-2023
It might be 10 years since Strike Anywhere released new music, but their infectious, melodic, hardcore-infused punk rock commentary on the state of the world has never been more relevant. Their latest EP Nightmares Of The West (2020) tackles themes of personal loss, global injustice, and political frustration, but also contains glimmers of hope for a better future and a sense of community and perseverance.
Documentary kicks off with upbeat guitar licks bringing a sense of energetic positivity to proceedings. Much like their previous releases, Strike Anywhere manage to produce catchy tunes with lively beats at the same time as packing in more serious, politically charged lyrical output. Their songs are lighthearted enough to sing along to, but angry and disenfranchised enough to deal with important issues. You’ll chant along to the chorus, then go out and smash the oppressive systems of society with a sense of unity and togetherness.
Dress The Wounds is a fast paced ode to personal identity and societal control, with impassioned shouts to wake up from politics and fight for peace. Likewise, Imperium Of Waste continues the protest themes of the record with a slower, fist punching beat and a call to reject authority and question the systems of Western society. The singalong lyrics “no-one remembers it all ‘til monuments fall” from third track The Bells couldn’t be more appropriate in the current climate, complete with power riffs and a toe tapping, head bopping beat.
Nightmares Of The West finishes off with We Make The Road By Walking, a final blast of guitars and speedy drum beats alongside a balanced combination of ardent shouting and melodic lyricism. The brakes go on in the final half of the song, slowing the pace to see out the EP with a last refrain of solidarity.
A lot has happened since Strike Anywhere’s previous full length, 2009’s Iron Front, was released, but their new material is still as catchy, engaging, and significant as ever in 2020. Their sound may not have changed an awful lot, but that’s not to say they’ve not developed as a band – writing new music that reflects their personal growth, as well as remaining pertinent to the ever-changing world around us.
In September the band is over for an exclusive Dutch show: