AFROPUNK: New York Fascist Week, the new politically charged punk/industrial masterpiece from Austin punks BLXPLTN
We're now just one week away from finding out whether Americans inability to distinguish Reality TV from actual reality will usher in a new era of American fascism. With that in mind, Austin punks BLXPLTN bring out a stream of their latest full-length New York Fascist Week. It's a no holds barred approach to dismantling the jingoism, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny that has formed the backbone of a certain New York real estate mogul's presidential campaign. The album sacrifices some of the band's earlier puckish mischiefism in favor of righteous anger resulting in 10 songs of lean tense aggressive social criticism.
New York Fascist Week kicks off with the anti-jingoist anthem “Blood On The Sand.” It's a powerful reminder right out the gate that yes, Trump would likely increase the bloodfall in the Middle East by staggering proportions, we've been spilling blood on the sand far longer than he's even been a contender for political office. Amid the Marine's chant “What makes the grass grow? Blood blood blood,” TaSzlin Muerte, and Jonathan "Javelin" Horstmann remind us that whoever is elected president, there will be blood on our hands. “Gun Range,” “How Many Shots,” and “Auf Wiedersehen” all place their focus firmly on racist police violence ranging from existential dread to exhaustion to fury. On New York Fascist Week, BLXPLTN succeeds at creating aggressive that's aggressively anti-aggression. It's one of the most brilliant tricks they have up their sleeve, that they've created an album full of tracks that stir up your blood to end violence. Few bands in punk history have truly succeeded in walking that line, though many have tried. This album couldn't have come at a more perfect time.