Strike For America

by Hard Left

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Only 100 made! Clear 6" square of polycarbonate, individually cut by hand. Made for our European shows in Fall 2016, we have a few copies left over. Includes a copy of our 'zine Kicking It Off, while supplies last. Zine DL here:

    Kicking If Off is our new zine: 12 pages of original and borrowed writing and images to inspire, amuse and enrage. This first issue includes brief pieces on Sleaford Mods and how Trumpism heightens the contradictions of our oligarchic moment, a great poem from Tim Wells, some Paris '68 flavor, plus lengthier bits on Mark Fisher and Marxism and Animal Liberation. Fun for the whole family. Thanks to Andrew Lison, Michael Reilly, and Tim Wells for their words and Tiger Lily/JetLag RocknRoll for the awesome Sleafords pic.

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6" lathe cut single a co-release with Stomp & Stroll.

Hard Left are a hard-mod/punk band born out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. Far from a dry exercise in doctrinaire thought, Hard Left's songs are great punk first and foremost, and ripping good fun.

Their debut album "We Are Hard Left" is a concise and explosive punk record, packed with anthems of resistance and calls to action. It is a record that hits hard, crammed with guitars that soar and rage, group chants and raw-throated vocals. It's anthemic in the best way -- inspiring but never heavy-handed, a worthy successor to records by bands like The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Sex Pistols and The Dils.

In April 2016 they released a 4 song 7" EP entitled "Economy." A short, sharp blast of mod-influenced Marxist punk, it was recorded quickly and the tough recording reflects the urgency of the songs. For two of the tunes the band collaborated with noted east London poet Tim Wells, and the results are well dread.

This new single "Strike For America" is taken from the same 2015 session as the previous EP, and it's also a rousing call to arms. The title track envisions a glorious general strike, wherein workers across the country (and the world!) join arms and send the neoliberal exploiters and saboteurs scurrying back into their ratholes. It's a wild 90 second blast, street punk of the highest order. The other tune is "Western Rifles," which takes an oblique look at western imperialism, setting it's critique to a minute and a half of blistering, shout-along punk.


released October 21, 2016

Hard Left for this recording were:
Mike: exhortations
Donna: bass, vocals
Tim: guitar, vocals
Stewart: drums, vocals

Recorded May 2015 by D. Cramer at the Hotel California.
Mastered by J Goody at Megasonic

This is Future Perfect Records 005/Stomp & Stroll 001.



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Hard Left Oakland, California

Hard Left is a political punk band inspired by liberatory leftist movements of the past and present. Our music is a soundtrack for direct action, an invitation to critical thought and a challenge to complacency. We privilege the "we" over the "I" and argue for the centrality of class struggle in our collective battle against neoliberalism, authoritarianism and imperialism. ... more

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