Here is a BRAND NEW track from ATTERKOP, called ‘If We Stop, We Die’ taken from their debut album ‘Liber Abaci’. The tune is an ode to all those individuals and activists that are striving to make this world a better place and no matter what stands in their way, they keep on pushing.
Liber Abaci is out on 1st October 2016 on LP / CD / TAPE / DIGITAL on Riotska Records and a number of other great labels.
Hamburg’s Dub-Ska-Punk outfit BRAINDEAD are known for their explicit political stand as much as they are known for their energetic mix of styles. No wonder the recent developments – augmentation of social and institutional racism, increasing repression and intensification of the crisis – left their mark on the band. The band reflects these changes in two brandnew songs that draw on several traditions of Punk and Reggae music.
„Hamburg gegen Gewalt“ sets its focus on events that are especially close to the band members: the increase of racist police violence against refugees in the city of Hamburg. The second tune, „Cross the Border“, addresses the EU-backed and -funded deaths in the Mediterranean. It was written in the summer of 2013, quite some time before migration issues started to dominate the media, and sadly remains to be valid.
Both songs are followed by a Version by Dub Soundsystem CONSCIOUS YOUTH (UK/BG), friends of Braindead who have had a similarly clear stand on the same topic, which made this collaboration seem more than natural.
BRAINDEAD are celebrating their 15 years of band history with this Co-release, that will be available form September 30th via Pumpkin Records, TNS Records, Riot Ska Records, as well as the bands’ own label, Dub Evolution.
Additionally to the Vinyl version, there is going to be a benefit digital release: all revenues that are made from downloading this EP from the band’s bandcamp site will be directly forwarded to self-organized political refugee groups in Hamburg.
ATTERKOP have just released the single ‘Picket Fence’ from their soon to be released debut album ‘Liber Abaci’.
Here’s what they had to say about the single –
“Here is the first tune from our debut album ‘Liber Abaci’. The track is called “Picket Fence” and was written back in 2014 when the estate that one of us live on in Bristol was targeted by the National Front/far right. They had armed them selves with spray paint and painted a vile slogan of racial hatred along the main road. Needless to say the graffiti was removed promptly. Bristol is a wonderfully diverse city and that is what makes it such a special place to live, and this behaviour will not be tolerated… and here we are 2 years on and our record is due for release soon and recently the estate has been targeted again. Only this time the houses of european nationals have been vandalised, destroyed and covered in 6 foot high graffiti saying “GO HOME” & “NOT WELCOME”.
This tune is in solidarity with all those that have been and continue to be directly affected by fascist behaviour and intimidation, furthermore it is an ode to every single individual that actively stands against the threat of oppression from the far right. Whether you part-take in direct action, designing artwork, sing about it, fly post, give out info leaflets, run info stalls, organise benefits and fundraising events, wear the t-shirts – whatever it may be all the little things we do as individuals add up and contribute towards the greater good. Keep fighting, keep pushing forward and never relent. Their days are numbered…”
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
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