Last Friday (9/29/17), Canadian punk band Propagandhi released their seventh studio album, titled Victory Lap via Epitaph Records. Victory Lap is Propagandhi’s first new release since 2012’s Failed States.
Last Friday was a very good day for music. Multiple bands/musicians that I really like released some killer music. There was Kid You Not’s first full-length, Ezra Kire’s solo album, the new Worriers album and of course, Victory Lap.
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a massive Propagandhi fan. Propagandhi has been one of my favorite bands since I was twelve years old and I first listened to the wonderful masterpiece that is Less Talk, More Rock (in case you hadn’t noticed before, this blog just happens to be named for that album). They were also the second band I ever saw live. So obviously I’ve been beyond stoked for this album since the band announced it over the summer. Victory Lap certainly didn’t disappoint, in fact it was better than I could have ever imagined!
Propagandhi is one of those bands that has never released a bad album, and Victory Lap is certainly no exception. It’s been five years since Failed States was released and the band is back with all the politically charged fury that fans know and love.
The album kicks off with the explosive title track, appropriately setting the scene for what’s to come. The next eleven tracks take the listener on a musical journey covering many of the world’s injustices including: the horrors of war, animal cruelty, racism, sexism and the overall lack of empathy most humans seem to have for each other.
Musically speaking, the album gives listeners another much needed dose of the band’s signature metal infused punk sound. The overall sound isn’t quite as dark and moody as Failed States, but instead the band delivers a more upbeat sounding album with no shortage of smooth melodies sandwiched between a barrage of wicked guitar riffs and relentlessly fast paced drum/bass lines. On top of all of that, it’s awesome to finally hear the band’s new guitarist, Tampa native Sulynn Hago on an album, she absolutely tears it up!
In terms of lyrics, Victory Lap sees more of a return to the band’s bitterly sarcastic style of lyric writing. Songs like “Lower Order (A Good Laugh)” and “Letters To A Young Anus” provide sardonic critiques of various issues without diminishing the importance of the song’s overall message. The album’s intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics pair nicely with the complexity of its music, creating songs that will stay with you long after you’ve finished listening to it.
The band even saves one of the album’s best songs for last. The song, “Adventures In Zoochosis”, likens living in today’s democratic societies to an animal living in captivity. It also ends the album with probably the best closing line ever: “I don’t give a fuck about the enrichment programs implemented to extend our captive lifespans. Motherfucker gonna get a load of what I got planned.”
Overall, Victory Lap stands out not only as one of Propagandhi’s best albums, but also as one of the best albums of the year! So, grab a copy, turn it up fucking loud and get ready to jam out! Never listened to Propagandhi? Fans of bands like Strike Anywhere, War On Women, Strung Out and Lagwagon will love them! Notable songs from Victory Lap include: “Adventures In Zoochosis”, “Victory Lap”, “Failed Imagineer”, “Comply/Resist” and “Lower Order (A Good Laugh)”.
Album Score: 5/5
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