Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems

Label: Epitaph

Release Date: March 25, 2022

From the label: Diaspora Problems is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a bright future for Soul Glo, as well as a forecast for what the band is capable of musically. Hardcore punk is at the precipice of a sonic revolution as a higher variance of people find room for themselves and the expression of their lived experience within the genre. More and more people will be injecting a cultural identity and offering a narrative previously unheard and/or underappreciated by punk rockers and kindred spirits the world over. Diaspora Problems is not aiming to be the only album like it that exists, but instead one of many entries in a new dawn for rock music.

Though Soul Glo mix radical, actionable rhetoric, absurdist humor, and breathtaking vulnerability like almost no band before them, Diaspora Problems is above all a flex. The first song, Gold Chain Punk (Whogonnabeatmyass), gives you a taste of the undeniable force of what’s to come. Singer Pierce Jordan shrieks and screams his vocals at the velocity of tumbling stones as the band constantly realigns itself with different time signatures and pummeling riffs. Although this record is inventive, Soul Glo know the punk-rock playbook, employing various elements from the genre’s past when the song demands it. Thumbsucker tastefully ends with a horn-laden ska outro. Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future)) is a celebration of their well-earned success and a grim recognition of how quickly it can all disappear. Driponomics is an inventive mix of hip-hop and heaviness.

Not a GMR artist!

Listen to: 1, 3, 5, & 6

FCC: All (I can send clean versions of tracks 6 & 9 to anyone who wants them)

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