Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage — Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Jüke, Whorl, Lunchbox and Black Tambourine, and operating the respected labels 555, Emotional Response and Slumberland Records.

We Are Hard Left is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. These are crucial times that we live in, and Hard Left seek to inspire and invigorate. It’s anthemic in the best way — inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils. Call it “utopian Oi” if you will, or “hard mod” or just plain punk, but don’t miss out on this passionate, thrilling record.

New Noise recently spoke with Hard Left singer Mike Shulman about other thrilling albums, singles, EPs and reissues he encountered in 2015.

Anna Caragnano/Donato Dozzy – Sintetizzatrice
Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite
Dego – The More Things Stay The Same
Downtown Boys – Full Communism
Emanative – The Light Years of Darkness
Expert Alterations – You Can’t Always Be Liked
Four Tet ‎– Morning/Evening
Floating Points – Elaenia
Knife Pleats – Hat Bark Beach
Michael O – Really?
Romare – Projections
Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
Ultimate Painting ‎– Green Lanes

Big Quiet – Maura & Dana
Chaos In The CBD – Midnight In Peckham
House of Doors – Starcave
Local Artist – Feelings
Peverelist – Undulate
Pender Street Steppers – The Glass City
Snob – Snob 7″ #2
Special Request – Modern Warfare EPs

Buena Vista Social Club ‎– Buena Vista Social Club
Joe Harriott & Amancio D’Silva Quartet ‎– Hum Dono
Robin Gibb – Saved By The Bell
Karin Krog ‎– Don’t Just Sing | An Anthology: 1963-1999
Amara Touré – 1973-1980
The Zombies – R.I.P.
v/a – [Cease & Desist] DIY (Cult Classics From The Post-Punk Era 1978-82)
v/a – Coxsone Music
v/a – Perfect Motion – Jon Savage’s Secret History Of Second Wave Psychedelia 1988-93
v/a – The One-Derful! Collection: M-Pac! Records


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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