Slow Faction will release a brand new EP 'This Machine Kills Fascists’ on 1st March.
Following on from their critically-acclaimed album, 'The Brixton Tapes', London punk band, Slow Faction are releasing a new 5 song EP, 'This Machine Kills Fascists’. The new EP continues Slow Faction's take on a 1977-inspired London sound and features new songs and live favourites; Woody Guthrie, D Lister, Burning, Control Freak and Stupid.
A great review of our EP courtesy of Pete Markowicz from Suburban Rebels in California.
"WOW! Slow Faction are back and are as good as ever! Six new songs including a cover of the Rolling Stones “Mother’s Little Helper.” This band is amazing..wake up people! If you like ’77 punk in vein of Stiff Little Fingers, the Clash, etc. you need to look no further. This band will be huge…mark my words. “Control Freak” is stellar! It has a ska guitar tempo with a punk chorus. “Stupid” has a great bass line. John’s voice resonates through the back streets of my California town and takes me back to old days of ’77 UK. Pre-order now! This will sell out! " Pete Markowicz
A mighty review of our new EP from Faster & Louder - thank you, Josh Rutledge!
A couple months ago, I had to admit to the world that I had just gotten hip to Slow Faction. Hearing the London outfit's most recent demo and prior recordings, I definitely had a "Where has this band been all my life?!" moment. So of course I was paying attention to make sure that no further releases escaped my detection! On that note, I offer my highest recommendation to the band's brand-new EP This Machine Kills Fascists. Slow Faction is a band carrying on the good fight of The Clash - right down to the tried-and-true '77 style punk sound and lyrics that have insightful things to say about society and contemporary politics. As the band so astutely points out, the clampdown The Clash foresaw is happening right now. It's as true on Slow Faction's side of the pond as it is on mine. Now more than ever, we need those bands that ignite the flames of dissent and stick their necks out for what they believe is right. And while "political punk" is often heavy on the politics and light on quality tunes, Slow Faction understands that the message resonates more powerfully when the songs are great. Isn't that the lesson we learned from Angelic Upstarts, The Alarm, Stiff Little Fingers, etc.?
Throughout this outstanding EP, Slow Faction has a great deal to say about the state of the world. Whether the band is railing against the objectification of women ("Stupid") or skewering a culture that makes a televised spectacle out of manufacturing pop stars ("D-Lister"), its message is on-point and driven by genuine conviction. And the songwriting and production are top-notch. I love a band that aspires to write anthems, and lead track "Woody Guthrie" is precisely that. It's not just a tribute to the greatest protest singer that humanity has ever known - it's also a call for a new generation to rally against the forces that oppress. The band delivers its point with passion, urgency, and a chorus that was seemingly made for mass sing-alongs. If this song doesn't get you fired up to go out into the world and make a difference, I don't know what will! Woody and Joe would be proud.
From Mick Fletcher at Just Some Punk Songs blog:
At the start of this month, London punks Slow Faction released the follow up to their highly rated Brixton Tapes album. It's an ep titled This Machine Kills Fascists and it's no doubt going to end up being one of the best records of 2016.
Mid tempo, '77 style political punk rock that not only has the message but also doesn't skimp on the tunes, it's the kind of music we need in a world who's political leaders seem to be more self serving and ignorant of the needs of the people than ever. You can check out the ep here : slowfaction.bandcamp.com/album/this-machine-kills-fascists
We need more voices speaking out against those that seek to oppress us. against those who seek to exploit us, against those who trample over the weak and the needy to worship at the alter of greed.