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Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits




"You know Lindsay from Frenzal Rhomb told me that Propagandhi was one of the best trios in the world. Is he right?"

  
  

"Yeah man."

  
  

For the uninitiated, Propagandhi is a three piece political thrash-punk band from Canada, who possesses a seemingly utter content for, well, everything. Their newest album, entitled ‘Potemkin City Limits' (the follow-up to the genre-defining ‘Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes') is by no means a break away from the norm. In their own words "this album is not really groundbreaking, or revolutionary, or greatly anticipated. But it is 41 minutes long."

  
  

After nearly 20 years together, Propagandhi are still going with what brought ‘em to the dance, and it's still freaking awesome. 'Potemkin City Limits' is in-your-face, it's loud, it's fast, and it's a whole lotta pump-your-fist-in-the-air, fuck-the-system type fun. From the explosive opening track A Speculative Fiction right through to the records end, Propagandhi's message is clear: "If we think you're shit, by fuck we'll let you know about it." No-one is seemingly safe from them. The government, America, the music industry, even Fat Mike (bassist for the legendary NOFX, and mastermind behind Fat Wreck Chords, the label which ironically does the worldwide distribution of Propagandhi records) himself.

  
  

'Potemkin City Limits' blasts its way through standout tracks A Speculative Fiction, Die Jugend Marscheirt and Iteration to name but three (although I could probably list the entire album and still be correct). If you're not looking for the drawn out, wankish review, I'll sum this verbal tired up for you succinctly:

  
  

Is "Potemkin City Limits" better then "Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes" No.

  
  

Is "Potemkin City Limits" possibly the best straight out punk-rock record to be released since "Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes"? Yes.

  
  

Album of the year material? You betcha.

  
  

So there you have it. Although you probably shouldn't take much from a review about this band. After all, Propagandhi themselves hate music journalism: "it's stenography". You should get this record andnd any other record by Propagandhi. They truly are the total embodiment of what punk rock has always been, and what it still should be today.

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