The Newest Noise for Your Listening Pleasure! By Nicholas Senior

Charger
Oakland, California
Charger | May 10 | Pirates Press Records
RIYL: The Resistance. Leather rebels. Jack Daniels.

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Photo by Alan Snodgrass

Charger are proof that fighting the good fight doesn’t have to be so damn dour. With an incredible pedigree—including time spent in Rancid, Operation Ivy, and Jello Biafra’s Guantanamo School Of Medicine—the trio recall that magical era of the ’70s when punk and metal started influencing each other. Judas Priest, Dio, and especially Motörhead are obvious influences, but this maniacally entertaining record needs to be experienced—preferably in a live setting—rather than read about. It’s the sound of a 15-person barfight gone sentient: brash, powerful, and packed with more energy than expected. The songs are serious, riotous, and righteously angry, making the EP feel like the sonic equivalent of punching a Nazi. “Resistance to the rise of fascism, racism, xenophobia, and gentrification [as well as] anger at the way our government is trying to reverse the progress that we have made in regard to the rights of marginalized people is in these songs,” guitarist Andrew McGee says. “These are themes we’ll always return to as long as they are prevalent in our culture.” He laughs, “We also have fun songs about barfights and shit, but ya gotta come see us live for those.”

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