Political punk rock may be the only thing to save us as the world devolves into a realty show of xenophobia, unchecked capitalism, and rising ocean levels. And London-based punks The Restarts may have the ideal soundtrack to this shitshow.

This 12-track burst of fury and energy was written not long after singer/guitarist Robin Licker’s got back from doing humanitarian work in Palestine. And, as expected, Uprising doesn’t stray too far from their trademark, high-intensity, punk/ska hybrid with whiplash drums, a barrage of distorted chords, barked vocals, and justified anger, finding the band tearing through a litany of vital, global issues, from the denial of apartheid, Brexit, and refugees in the Calais Jungle to universal problems like homophobia and addiction.

Each song like a lit Molotov cocktail hurled into the world, the anger is almost palpable and the drive undeniable. Songs like the two-minute, ska-tinged “Shut Doors” and the brilliant anthem “Out and Proud” are among the band’s strongest in years. The four-minute-long album closer “New World Order” (that length alone is an anomaly for the band), with a synth lines running throughout is the one song that seems oddly out of place. But, with repeated listens, it eventually coalesces with the rest of the album.

Purchase the album here.


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