Track of the Week: Big Sister Is Watching by Strange Bones
Features on the: We The Rats EP
For fans of: politically charged riotous punk, anti-establishment in your face blaring lyrics, brash abrasive raw rock, raucous fucked up punk aggression
Politics right now is fucked up, no doubt about that. It’s a shitty blur of right wing extremism, and the only good thing that could come out of the UK’s dire political scene right now is music. Historically a muse for punk music, politics has always resulted in anger and aggression and frustration, which bands like Strange Bones channel perfectly in their music. Big Sister Is Watching is an aggressive dig at Theresa May, whose party is often attacked by Strange Bones slogans like Tory Scum and Theresa Is A Terrorist. Lyrically, the track has a brain explosive feel to it, with amped up lyrics like ‘Are you dead or you alive? Are you fed what you believe to be true? Big Sister’s watching you’ and ‘Big Sister’s gonna snoop, Big Sister’s gonna snoop, your freedom’s gonna fade comrade.’ The aggressive riotous shouting of ‘B-I-G S-I-S-T-E-R’ gives the track a really rough raw sense of punk angst and anger, which matches the punk look of the band perfectly. When done live, lead vocalist Bobby goes fucking mental on stage; jumping into the crowd and crowd surfing and moshing with the audience, a balaclava over his head. These concepts of liberties and personal freedom are emphasised in the track too, especially through the line ‘the age of the surveillance state, what you been searching that for mate?’
Brain explosive kinda shit, Strange Bones are abrasively blunt in a politically charged punk sense, and we need a band like this more than ever right now.
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