Sadaharu – Resist. Revolt. Reclaim.
Record Label: CI Records
Release Date: August 7, 2007
Perhaps this album should be called Resist. Revolt. Refresh. This is an unheard of revolution, the re-invention of a funky, jazzy, angry wheel that’s ready to roll over capitalist faces. With a unique combination of incendiary lyrics, thundering guitars, and math-punk beats, Sadaharu have been busy building up a worldwide fan base. Their political thrashings have captured the attention of numerous music outlets and, in 2005, they were named one of Alternative Press Magazine's “100 Bands You Need to Know.”
Sadaharu attack what they see as a nation mired in a stasis of apathy. The call-to-arms is certainly difficult to ignore. The music’s frenetic vigor vaults out of the speakers, demanding, rather than requesting, immediate action. Lyrics such as “Don’t be content / Don’t be afraid” rocket from vocalist Jeff Breil’s mouth like pissed-off cruise missiles. Sadaharu order the listener to pay attention, and it’s about time we complied.
Resist. Revolt. Reclaim. opens with the roar of “Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot” that leaves Breil shrieking “Remember, Remember / The fifth of November.” This is a somewhat unfortunate reference to English revolutionary Guy Faukes who plotted to blow up the Parliament building but was ultimately caught and executed – not the most effective scheme but the allusion certainly gets the point across. Several tracks either lead or conclude with sampled clips whose aural simplicity complement the band’s musical barrage. For example, the opening song ends with a protest group chanting “The revolution has come / Time to pick up the gun.”
Fortunately, Sadaharu’s politics aren’t annoyingly aggressive (often because some of the lyrics are difficult to pick up), and they certainly don’t outweigh the importance of the sound. Sacrifices aren’t made in the instrumental category in favor of forcing a message into the listener’s ears. This is especially evident in the fourth track entitled “This Is Less a Protest of What is, Than a Celebration of What’s to Come.” While politically-charged, this song romps with synth-rock appeal and offers the encouragement that it’s never too late to bring about change in a flawed establishment. In a later gem, “A Change to the Status Quo is Not Only Long Overdue, But Requisite,” Breil cries that “This is not a protest song” and begs everyone to sing along over Mike Madrigale’s crunching, Tom Morello-style guitar riffs.
As unrelenting as it is defiant, Resist. Revolt. Reclaim., is a benchmark for revolutionaries. This band has crafted an album that is creative, exhilarating, and, perhaps most importantly, relevant from start to finish. Take notice, because Sadaharu are single-handedly changing the face of political rock music.
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