This Machine Kills Fascists

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    Slow Faction 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.

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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.

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“Slow Faction is a 1st generation-influenced punk band with a real London 77 sound. The aim of Slow Faction is simple – to make the music they want to hear; politically-charged songs with big hooks and choruses, reminiscent of the 1st wave of British punk. Slow Faction’s live sound has been described as a cross between The Clash and The Buzzcocks.” ... more

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Track Name: Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie


Country boy with a guitar in his hand
He travels far across this land and
Documents everything he sees
With songs of brutal honesty and
He makes a stand
He draws a line in the sand
His truth is principled
He’ll never sell it out

And now he’s singing
This machine kills fascists
Yes, he’s singing
This guitar kills fascists

Small town in depression times
No work, no hope, just blighted lives
A harsh and violent, hateful place
They thought black gold their saving grace but
The oil men came
They took everything
They stripped the whole town bare
And then they went again

So now he’s singing
This machine kills fascists
Yes, he’s singing
This guitar kills fascists
So now we’re heading for the great depression of the 21st century
The clampdown’s happening
So where can we find Woody Guthrie now?

He wrote his songs of liberty
This land belongs to you and me
But not all get to have their way
If you’re poor or black you’ve got no say and
He went to war
To fight the racist state
And then he came back home
To find the same thing there....
Track Name: D Lister
D-Lister (Fame)

Round and round the world they go
They’re looking for some boys and girls
They’re going to make you
House you, feed you, re-create you
Doesn’t matter if you can’t sing
You’re going to be the latest thing
Your dance routines
Get copied by the nation’s pre-teens
Don’t worry you’ve got nothing to say
Another cover version is on its way

You’re in the morning papers – what can you do?
You’re on the radio – what can you do?
You’re on the television – what can you do?
It’s a mystery to me

Another round of failed auditions
Desperate for recognition
You’re getting nowhere
The scrap-heap’s getting ever closer
Nothing reeks like failed ambition
Get to grips with your frustration
The London scene
A place where you can see and be seen
Hitch a ride with a rising star
It’s the only way that you’ll get far

There’s a fly upon your wall
Watching you to show us all
A life that’s real
What you think and how you feel
Enjoy it now it won’t last long
Your fifteen minutes have come and gone
The emptiness
Sit back – enjoy the loneliness
No one seems to care at all
Now you’re not famous anymore

You were in the morning papers – what could you do?
You were on the radio – what could you do?
You were on the television – what could you do?
It was a mystery to me
Track Name: Burning
Burning

When Billy was small he was hooked on Defender
Escaping to hyperspace far from a father
Who lived like a madman and who loved like the weather
Loves those without a shelter

Billy’s estate was a liberal’s nightmare
They feel for the need but none of them lived there
They plead for a change in the detail of welfare
In a system that’s not fair

Oh, it’s time to go, turn on the lights and the radio
Through darkness, rain, through wind and snow
Burn the memories, burn the road

Billy grew up from the high scores to draw
And the thrills and the spills with his mates in a four door
Escaping was easy and all that he lived for
What more could he live for?

Everything seemed fair game in his eyes
Scavenged from those outraged and surprised
About the law of the jungle and the truth of the liars
They were jackals for the lions

Fly through the new towns, free at night
With a buzzing brain and a laser sight
Cat and mouse, a flashing blue light
Straight ahead, they’re right behind
The games too easy, Billy’s up an alley
Like an arrow, the sirens follow
Screaming like there’s no tomorrow
Swerve around, a sudden thud
Another screen that’s dripping blood




Lyrics by John Goldthorpe
Track Name: Control Freak
Control Freak


Breaking up... Disintegration...
Hostility... Confrontation...
Ever really wondered why you’re out there on your own
Food for thought – for one in six billion
You talk and you talk, then you talk some more
But what’s the point – when no one’s listening?

It’s better to destroy
Thank seek a compromise
You’d rather say good-bye
Self- justify with lies
Turn and run and hide
You say you’ve got your pride
And now you’re on your own
Sitting all alone

Manipulate... Stipulation...
Castigate... Agitation
Brow-beat the weak to get your own way
No one denies the Big I Am
Better not stray from the party-line
Or watch the baby through the rattle from the pram

Insecure... Paranoid
Power-crazed... So schizoid
You always want control because you can’t control yourself
Count to ten before you answer
Always on the verge of overload
All because you can’t take the pressure
Track Name: Stupid
Stupid
He likes the way you look and dress
He likes the way that you impress
He always wants you by his side
He loves you as a source of pride

But he never listens
To a word you say
All he wants is to talk himself
He’s got no regard for your point of view

Stupid – that’s all he wants you to be
Stupid – without an idea in your head
Stupid – you’re not supposed to speak your mind
Stupid – but you know the truth


He always acts as if he cares
A public front of equal shares
He preaches love and harmony
The perfect modern family
But he never listens
To a word you say
Behind closed doors it’s all change now
He shouts you down because he needs to feel superior

He’s nothing but a man of straw
He feels so lost and insecure
He says he can’t live without you
He needs you for the things you do
But he never listens
To a word you say
What he wants he takes from you
He gives nothing back because he hasn’t got anything