Also this past week Brave Star by Artson crossed my desk. This is conscious hip hop by a Native American artist. Yeah, I know not punk. But I’m sure you can figure out how conscious hip hop and punk intersect. This is a solid release full of PMA, social consciousness and messages to fill the spirit. The standout track is Home, a song about suicide prevention and getting out from under addiction. It also features my long time friend and supporter of this blog Victor Jimenez(pne of our brave water protectors at Standing Rock). So you can toss all of you Lil and Young whatever mumble rap garbage and trade it for this!
The Exquisites latest release, Home, finds them continuing down the same road they began on their debut; featuring rough around the edges punk that also knows how to slow things down and the hoarse but soulful vocals of Jason Clackley. This album finds the band a bit more comfortable with its sound than before, and Clackley opening up a bit more about his past than on the previous release.
This album finds Clackley’s lyrics being both reflective and featuring a sense of determination to move forward. Lyrics like this, for me personally, is the best way for a singer to write lyrics of that nature because it shows where they’ve been but also how they’ve grown and changed because of it. While there is certainly something to be said for albums that can absolutely devastate you emotionally or get you so pumped up on positivity you feel like you can take on the world, those albums are defaults for certain moods. The relatability of a lyricist/vocalist dealing with life as a whole, and doing so in a relatable manner, is one of the harder things for a songwriter to accomplish.