Syd.31 - The Last Punks On Earth
Syd.31 may be one of the bands that is quite hard to swallow for most people as they combine the raw aesthetic of punk vocals and attitude with electro beats and industrial noise, all the while maintaining a leather-clad cast a la Mad Max. As with most bands the easiest way to understand their sound is to dive into their past releases. Their two EPs, Start A War and Drowning In Air, and their single Disorder slowly showed progression and a further mastering of their anger, rage, and political themes.
Syd.31 began to tease their new album with the release of their music video 'We Are The Freaks' back in October of 2016. The video was a bloody mess of people raging in a small location while Syd.31 did what they did best: shout, play, and look good while doing it all. However it wouldn't be until several months later in February of 2017 that Syd.31 would finally unveil their debut full length album The Last Punks On Earth would be releasing on March 17, 2017.
The Last Punks On Earth is a ten track album full of striking political and international talk as well as energetic electro and punk enthusiasm. This is the most polished release in Syd.31's history. Yes, the sound is messy and noisey but it's all structured in a sense to get the hardest boot stomping club appeal possible. The title track of the album is the epitome of this thought as hard blasts of bass turn into noise, drum and bass dominate the track, and gritty guitar work clash and dominate one another.
Mixed in the album are tracks that convey more serious and personal messages such as 'We Are the Freaks', 'A Safe Place', and 'March as Friends', the last of which is one of the oddest songs on the album with alarms, tribal essence, and an ending that fades out to static and samples. However that's not to say that Syd.31's known humor escaped the album either as songs such as 'This Is Industrial' and the hilariously titled 'I Fucking Broke My Guitar Again' stick out.
With The Last Punks On Earth Syd.31 have released a thrilling and anarchic album that most freaks would easily take pride in. It is meant for those that feel abandoned or without place to go, for those who are ridiculed for being themselves, and also serves as a statement as to Syd.31's personal political views which - from the looks of it - seems to be shared with a multitude of others. Get ready to dance angry.
Mar 13 2017
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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