I am a huge noise rock fan, the genre is full of great bands and not-so great bands that think nonsensical riffing over screaming and background ambiance with fast bass lines is all you need to be noise rock, luckily Wisconsin noise rock outfit The United Sons Of Toil understand that to be noise rock you have to bring more than the literal sense of the genre tag to the table and create something that’s more than just noise.
Until recently I had never even heard of The United Sons Of Toil, after doing some researching and listening to some of their other material I’ve come to realise that The United Sons Of Toil are a band full of ambitious ideas and ideals, hard-hitting political lyrics that would make any mid-90’s punk band proud, the premise of this entire album is obviously very anti-government and anti-war, done in a non-cheesy way (you won’t hear cliche anti-status quo lines like fuck the government or spit in the face of capitalistic greed on this album). Right from the press release, “a record that tells a story of repression and violent struggle and about the relationship between revolution and personal transformation.”
While The United Sons Of Toil definitely take influence from influential 90’s bands with similar messages like Fugazi, Refused or The Jesus Lizard there’s something about this record that feels modern and highly relevant (especially given the current political landscape with bills like SOPA/PIPA making people take notice of the kinds of decisions and interests the government are making and protecting). Listening to this record you get a sense of honesty, the people in this band believe what they’re screaming about which makes this more than just another anti-government hardcore/punk album.
Production wise, When The Revolution Comes, Everything Will Be Beautiful feels very much like the guys jumped into a time machine and went back to the 90’s to record this album. Nothing sounds heavily compressed and destroyed, the drums sound raw and untreated – in-fact nothing about this album sounds like it was recorded using modern equipment, there is no digital gimmickry going on here just an honest band wanting to release an honest sounding band and the end-result is amazing.
While I doubt this album will spurn riots, make people jump out of their chairs and question the government it is nice to know that in a sea of music where the primary goal is to make money and become famous The United Sons Of Toil are going the exact opposite way, spreading their message the best they know how through fuzzy/distorted guitar riffs and ear piercing screams all while raising their middle fingers to the system.
Buy the album on Bandcamp here.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.