Propagandhi - “Victory Lap” (Epitaph): It has been five years since the famed Winnipeg punk band's last album, the prophetically-entitled Failed States, so the new announcement that they have a seventh full-length, Victory Lap, slotted for release on Sept. 29 is a welcome one.
Given the current political climate, we need this group's hard-hitting and defiant lyrical stance more than ever, given the failure of too many of their peers to stand up and be counted.
Propagandhi is roaring back in full form, if this title track is anything to go by. It is one that validates the label press release's claim that "it captures the frenetic energy of an unapologetically political band at a time when political speech seems overwhelmingly fractured."
The sonic maelstrom of the cut is led by furious metal meets punk guitar work, while singer Chris Hannah spits out lyrics that are clear in their target (sample: "the wall they said would make them great could not be scaled").
Victory Lap marks Propagandhi’s first album with new guitarist Sulynn Hago, the replacement for longtime guitarist David Guillas, who still appears on several tracks on the new record. Of note is the fact that John K. Samson was a member of Propagandhi prior to starting The Weakerthans.
A popular draw on the international punk touring circuit, Propagandhi has early August shows in the UK, Slovenia and Germany. Expect North American shows after the album's release.