Album Review: Anarchists “Anarchists – Single”

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Blasting out of New York City, Anarchists have released their first self titled single, Anarchists. With a total run time of nine minutes this single is a delicious little snacky cake. Throughout the entirety of the nine minutes they bring super catchy hooks and every chorus seems designed for a large group sing-a-long.

“Real Shit” opens the single with a blaring buzzy guitar blast before settling into a poppy rockabilly sound. While “July” brings a syncopated sound that is very similar to the dirty ska sounds of early Rancid, including a keyboard interlude that commands your feet to move. The last song “I’m Not Surprised” starts off as an angry look at the state of the world today but is injected with a surprising level of humor, which takes an edge off the level of pessimism presented.

Anarchists feel like they are channeling the entirety of the Hellcat Records label. They have a little bit of everything that defines that label, a touch of rockabilly, a touch of ska, a vocal delivery that is equal parts punk sneer and pop sensibility and their attitude strikes at heartfelt and poignant but not without a sense of humor. If this snack is a hint, I have my fork and knife banging on the table excitedly awaiting the full meal.

5/5 Stars


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