Today, Philadelphia punk outfit Soul Glo is on the way from Novi Sad, Serbia to Vienna, Austria, in the midst of their 2019 European tour. In a couple weeks, their latest album, THE N___ IN ME IS ME, will be released on SRA Records. Tracks have been trickling out since the announcement — the harsh industrial noise / rapped vocal burner “32,” the doubletime hardcore screamer “22” — and today we’re happy to bring you another advance cut from IN ME IS ME.
“21” begins with a fog of dissonant, experimental noise that leads us into a charging cut that makes an observation that many who fancy themselves liberals aren’t comfortable making; even with the marches and protests in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, there’s a certain causality to activism, and not enough follow through when things matter. In the song, Soul Glo vocalist Pierce Jordan references Korryn Gaines, a Baltimore woman who was killed by police in 2016, and implicitly wonders where people were then:
“Feel great to finally have some grievances to take to the streets to shout!!! / But the name of who murdered Korryn Gaines still hasn’t seemed to make it out. / Each march and peaceful protest puts the hype in hypothetical. / Make dissent more tangible, put the Black back in black bloc. / The writing on the wall has never been more legible.”
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