The Homeless Gospel Choir // This Land is Your Landfill // Album Review
The Homeless Gospel Choir // This Land is Your Landfill // Album Review 8
The Homeless Gospel Choir // This Land is Your Landfill // Album Review 8
The Homeless Gospel Choir // This Land is Your Landfill // Album Review 8
The Homeless Gospel Choir // This Land is Your Landfill // Album Review 8
The Homeless Gospel Choir // This Land is Your Landfill // Album Review 8
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One of the most interesting genres within the modern musical landscape is that of Punk due to the ever-growing and evolving sound. One of my personal favorite artists helping push the sound further is The Homeless Gospel Choir. This Land is Your Landfill is the 4th full album from the Folk-Punk singer song-writer, boasting an aggressive evolution in the bands sound, featuring incredibly personal songs while also tackling a wide range of socio-political topics at the same time.

These two themes are tackled from the get-go with the album with track 1 Global Warming showing singer Derek Zanetti’s anger towards the Trump Administration and their response (or lack thereof) to the global warming crisis. Track 2 Don’t Compare is much more personal and is a song about self-acceptance as well as being a message to both the band and listeners to stop comparing yourself to others.

From here, the album follows the same topics as already stated for the rest of its 11 track run. Be it from the incredibly catchy Art Punk that is incredibly motivational, telling listeners that despite how you feel about the world and the state of it that you shouldn’t give up on yourself or the dreams you hold while not doing things you truly don’t want to. Track 7 Lest We Forget is an aggressive, angry track that talks about how life has turned into nothing but a way to be sold products you don’t need or want but are tricked into thinking you need, while also talking about the way America treats mental illness as something to be used to milk profit from those struggling.

My personal highlight of the album is Blind Faith, one of the album’s singles. Tackling the topic of religion, the song is an angry anthem that is showing the bands dismay towards mass organized religion and the way it removes responsibility from your life in return for blindly following an ideology purely for comfort while trying to avoid and hide from all of the negative parts of life. The final song I want to talk about is the closing track, Punk As Fuck which is calling out the mass hypocrisy of the punk movement and the insane level of gatekeeping within the scene, and how it is turning the older generation of punks into exactly what they were originally protesting against. 

The Homeless Gospel Choir is an incredibly interesting band from both the sound and topics of their tracks, and This Land Is Your Landfill is no different. I have always loved how straight-forward the band’s messages are while being infectiously catchy musically too. Following on from Presents: Normal was never going to be an easy job, but the mix of an evolving sound and the blend of topics both personal and broader scoped has made an easily accessible starting point for a band with serious potential. All in all, This Land Is Your Landfill is a great album that all punk fans should give a shot. It’s definitely not for everyone, but that’s just part of the beauty to those the sound does attract.

Review: Daniel Stapleton

 

The Homeless Gospel Choir This Land Is Your Landfill Is Out Friday, April 24th  Via Hassle Records (UK/EU) and A-F Records (North America)

Pre-orders Available Now

 

 

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