Browsing Tag

Green Day

Does Politics Have a Place in Music in 2024?

Politics in Music

As we step into 2024, the question of whether politics belongs in music remains as pertinent as ever. Music, an art form that transcends boundaries and speaks the universal language of emotion, has often been a vessel for political expression. From the soul-stirring melodies of folk to the rebellious chords of punk, music has not just mirrored but also shaped societal narratives.

But in a society more bitterly divided than ever with people clinging to the extreme ends of the political spectrum with increasingly partisan views, is it the right move for your music career to be candid with your political beliefs? No one can answer that question for you. Each artist has their own agenda. But with the considerations outlined below, you will hopefully see that societal regression is an inevitable symptom of inhibition of expression.

There is certainly an argument that music should be an escape from the dystopia that is closing in around us, but if you are biting your lyrical tongue to appease as many people as possible, it may be time to bite the political bullet and start to speak for the marginalised and voiceless.

The Role of Artists in Challenging Oppressive Structures

History is replete with artists who have used their platform to challenge oppressive political structures. Their music becomes a rallying cry, a beacon of hope and solidarity. In oppressive regimes, where voices are stifled, music becomes the unquenchable flame of resistance. It’s not just about creating art; it’s about creating change.

If you are an independent artist, you may not be able to start a revolution with your next single, but the ripple effect of liberating music can at least spark some resistance.

Authenticity vs. Appeasement: The Cost of Political Expression

Incorporating politics in music can be a double-edged sword. Artists risk alienating fans whose beliefs diverge from the message conveyed. However, the pursuit of universal appeasement often leads to bland, meaningless art. True artistic expression demands authenticity, even at the cost of popularity. It’s a testament to the artist’s integrity, choosing significance over safety.

In the digital era of music when music can feel like a popularity contest with the focus on how many listeners tune into your music on Spotify monthly and you get booked for gigs based on your Instagram followers, anything that threatens to diminish your follower count is enough to strike fear, but if you want to spend your entire career pussyfooting around the people who want to sedately suck the cocks of GB News presenters before parroting ‘go woke, go broke’ at anyone with a conscience and a voice, go ahead.

There is always the risk of facing the same backlash which saw the Dixie Chicks fall from grace in 2003 when Natalie Maines commented on the US invasion of Iraq, which saw radio stations boycotting their music and sponsors boycotting them. Yet, if you’re so inclined to be a populist, you may as well have moved into politics instead of the music industry.

The Revolutionary Echoes of Genre Pioneers

The annals of music history are marked by pioneers who were brave enough to carry the torch of political expression. Hip-hop became a catalyst for collective resistance. Rock became a rallying cry against economic stagnation. Punk became a rejection of fascism.

These genres have always been more than just music; they’ve been movements, challenging norms and igniting societal change. Their creators weren’t just musicians. They were revolutionaries whose notes were as potent as any speech.

Culture propels matters into public discourse, prompting us to reconsider our perspectives on the world. Pivotal cultural events often lay the groundwork for shifts in politics and policy-making.

The Sleaford Mods Controversy: A Reflection of Expectations

If you are thinking that silence on key issues is the key to success, the recent controversy surrounding Sleaford Mods, who faced backlash for not expressing their views on Palestine, underscores a critical aspect of music and politics. It highlights the expectations placed on artists to use their platform for political discourse.

This incident, which saw Sleaford Mods storm off stage after a Palestinian flag was thrown at their feet, reflects the evolving relationship between artists, their art, and their audience in the realm of political expression.

The Irony of Political Ignorance

Remember how in 2020 it only just dawned on some music fans that Rage Against the Machine is a political band? Well, there’s been an even more absurd instance of music fans being politically tone-deaf. When Green Day played their 2004 hit, American Idiot, during an NYE show on ABC and changed the lyrics to “I’m not a part of the MAGA agenda”, people were shocked at the twist to the single that has ALWAYS been underpinned by political angst.

Both of these instances are stark reminders of how music can be consumed without comprehending its deeper messages. Are these the kinds of mind-numbed fans you want to appease by refraining from including political messages in your music? The kinds of people who love to hate far more than they love to adore? The kinds of people who look for any hint that the world is descending into ‘woke madness’ because you don’t share their views? The people who throw the oppressed under the bus because they can’t come to terms with the real reasons behind their shortcomings so they foam at the mouths like pedant toddlers screeching because they’re not being pandered to by everyone, all of the time?

Conclusion: The Inextricable Link Between Music and Politics

In conclusion, the question isn’t whether politics belongs in music in 2024, but rather how it manifests. Music has always been a reflection of the times, a voice for the voiceless, and a tool for change. As long as there are stories to be told and injustices to be challenged, politics will find its rhythm in the heart of music. The true essence of music lies in its ability to speak truth to power, to challenge, and to inspire.

If you have a political or a protestive track you would like to promote, submit music to our indie music blog for a review or use our artist interview service to give your fans and our readers an inside view into the inspiration behind your latest release.


Article by Amelia Vandergast

Urban Cafe Crew launched a riotous pop-rock attack on society’s most blindly entitled generation with ‘Hey There Boomer, It’s Not OK’

Australia’s wittiest pop-rock outfit Urban Cafe Crew launched a riotous attack on the generation that set every subsequent one up for failure with their latest single, Hey There Boomer, It’s Not OK.

Every millennial and Gen Z can derive vindicating catharsis from the playfully scathing track that finds an antagonistically hooky way of relaying every boomer sin that has left the earth scorched and financial security out of reach for the majority.

But hey, the boomers had it the worst, right? Their determination to make the world worse for their offspring is warranted, right? They have a right to see any signs of social progression and drag it back with their knuckles that have scarcely been lifted off the floor since 1989, right?

Hey There Boomer, It’s Not OK was officially released on January 14th; check it out on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Disco grooves through Jessup’s electronic alt-rock deadpan gem, Amusing

Alt-rock icon-in-the-making Jessup is on sardonically deadpan stellar form in his electro-rock hit, Amusing. The histrionic flair around the 90s/early 00s alt-rock energy and shimmering disco-pop grooves is an enlivening testament to his ability in orchestrating a distinctively expressive sonic score while making no bones about spilling plenty of authentic personality,

If the Offspring were a little more daring and tonally experimentalist in their heyday, the reminiscences between Amusing and Self Esteem would have been even more tangible. After an orchestral rock outro from the St. Louis, US-residing artist and producer, you can’t help delving right back into the snappy indie rock hit that absolutely sets the bar for other up-and-coming artists.

Amusing was officially released on December 16th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Follow Jessup via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Condition Baker delivered a tenacious exposition of coming-of-age disillusion with their pop-punk hit, One Thing

The Holbrook, MA three-piece, Condition Baker, lace their pop-punk sound with an alt-90s twist; their latest single, One Thing, is the perfect introduction to their uniquely grungy and punchy sound distortion.

The infectious coming of age of lament unfurls around massive guitars fed through layers of frenetic distortion, drumbeats inspired by the Seattle grunge era and lyrics that are hooky enough that you can hang your coat on them before you head to the pit and enjoy the classic pop-punk choruses that keep on giving with every listen.

Any fans of Dookie-era Green Day, Jawbreaker, Descendants and Alkaline Trio will undoubtedly want to delve into this tenacious exposition of adulthood disillusion and exhaustion.

One Thing is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

#lameassdads take us to Nowhere, Ohio

Greetings from Nowhere, Ohio by #lameassdads

#lameassdads are the refreshing antithesis to every earnest rock outfit that fails to find humility while attempting to stay contemporary despite the consistent evolution and modernisation of the rock scene.

Their kids might hate it, but we quickly found a soft spot for their energetic pop-punk track, Nowhere, Ohio, to hit hard. Fans of Blink 182, Social Distortion, Green Day, Bad Religion and The Offspring will get a sweet nostalgia hit from this stellar Midwest Emo release. Despite their slightly self-deprecating humour, they’re a powerhouse of talent with the collective ability to create anthemic earworms that you won’t be desperate to lose.

Take yourself to Nowhere, Ohio, by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


You can never say that the Britons can’t rock, it’s actually very much their cup of tea!

Lovebreakers set the example with their first single ‘Eye Roller’, an easy-listening alternative rock ballad that hints to a full-length album that apparently the Birmingham quartet is currently working on.

If you like Oasis’ and The Replacements’ open chords, ‘Eye Roller’ will satisfy you with its crunch strumming and melodic riffs overlaid on an upbeat pop tempo that makes your head cheerfully swing back and forth to the rhythm. Indie-ish (dare I say) vocals and honest and straightforward lyrics, you can’t help but sing along “guess what’s over, your eye-roller.”

Head over to Spotify and hit play on ‘Eye Roller.’

Review by Jim Esposito.

Colors In Mind Reach Music Peaks

If you draw a Venn diagram of exploratory music, where the intersection between technical metal, progressive and post-rock occurs you won’t find a whole lot of bands, but you will find Colors in Mind. With their latest release, Yugen Peaks they build their sound on a wonderfully fluid post-rock template, one that eschews the 4/4 signature and rigid verse-chorus ethic of traditional rock and instead wanders its own musical journey, often lingering in one lush musical landscape before flitting through more minimal territory, languishing in gentle, bucolic beauty and then climbing dramatic peaks.

It isn’t hard to see this approach as a modern day progressive classical music, the instruments may have been updated from the traditional format but the symphonic nature of the music is obvious to all. And l it tells its story as much through symphonic sound as it does the lyrics, it maybe be a less obvious, less direct method, but it is no less heart tugging, emotive and effective. It is music of the heart and soul, requiring total immersion. Whilst most music contains its own user manual amongst its beats and notes, one that tells the listener exactly how to interpret the message, this is more about osmosis, a vibe to be soaked up and ingested.

Paper Sweaters Bring Back The Dynamic Sound of Pop-Punk With “N L M B”

Paper Sweaters bring back the dynamic sound of Pop-Punk with their brand new single, NLBM.

The track immediately strikes for its amazing guitar tone. The overdrives are creamy, saturated and crunchy, going for a full on wall of sound that has a lot of character to it.

The drums come in full-on, going for a massive tone, immediately echoing the work of artists such as Blink-182, MxPx, or Green Day.

Paper Sweaters managed to create a song that feels authentic, direct and driven, a great return to the “less is more” philosophy, proving that a few simple elements in a mix can do wonders when it comes to create energy and momentum in a song. Paper Sweaters stay true to their melodic punk roots, with energy, vibrancy and melody, combined into one package.

The band has a special way to combine their passion for classic Pop-Punk with a more modern and personable approach, giving them a very distinctive sound and a unique formula.