"Music and political activism have always been really tightly bound together throughout global history," said Ryan Harvey, the co-owner of Firebrand Records with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) during the Rock Against the TPP Tour press call. This Saturday, July 23 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, is the first stop on the nationwide free-to-attend tour. The Rock Against the TPP Tour's main goal is to educate the American public on WHAT the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) really is and WHY they need to pressure their local House Representatives NOW to put TPP to pasture for good, preventing it from being voted upon this fall.
The Soviettes are out on tour with Against Me!, the Epoxies, and Smoke or Fire, hitting all 50 states (yes, including Hawaii and Alaska) as well as a few Canadian cities. So basically, there's no excuse to miss this, the new generation of Fat Wreck Chords bands.
When you open your Rock Against Bush CD, the liner notes read: "This compilation is not about making a profit; it's about making a difference. It's not about 'Let's be punk rock and hate the government'; it's about 'Let's be punk rock and change the government.' It's not about who's a sellout or who's more punk; it's about uniting against a common enemy."
I couldn't think of a better way to describe this CD than that. Fat Mike of Fat Wreck Chords and Punkvoter.com put together one of the best compilation CD's I've ever seen, for one of the best causes I can think of. Even if this wasn't a cause I support wholeheartedly (and if you don't, you should read the 40 Reasons To Hate Bush Jr. included with this record), this album would be worth buying. It's got everything from MTV-punks Sum 41 and The Ataris to punk royalty Jello Biafra (see Kaffeinebuzz review), Social Distortion and the Descendents. It's got bands that are normally political (Anti-Flag, Against Me!, Strike Anywhere) and bands that you wouldn't expect to see (Denali, the Get Up Kids). Industrial geniuses Ministry show up, and Billy Bragg plays a song with Less Than Jake.