Failed States [Deluxe Edition] (Explicit)
Released: Aug 2012
Manitoba's anarcho-pop-punk lifers sound metal now -- screamo, mainly, though with portentous doom and tricky thrash firming up the hardcore hopscotch and Bad Religion shouts. They open their first Occupy-era album powerfully, with the nearly six-minute "Note to Self," the longest cut by far in a set where several slams clock in under 120 seconds. Its staccato charge suggests a heavier Fugazi or the Ex, under despairing electoral buyer's remorse: "How does it make you feel to know that you voted for this?" Nothing else here touches it, but whatever they're complaining about sure stays urgent.