SWEDISH BAND The (International) Noise Conspiracy say that ‘the sounds from the streets of Seattle, Prague, Quebec, Gothenburg and Genoa’ are their main musical influences. In June 2001, during the recording of their new album A New Morning, Changing Weather, the band went to Gothenburg in Sweden.
They played a free gig for anti-capitalist protesters at the European Union summit. Tracks on the album include ‘Up For Sale’, which is about our lives being sold off to the highest bidder. ‘Capitalism Stole My Virginity’ is about growing up in a world where you are promised everything and given nothing.
Every song on the album has a reading list. It includes books by Noam Chomsky, Pierre Bourdieu, George Orwell and other radical authors. The sleeve notes quote from revolutionaries Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg, and read like an anti-capitalist manifesto.
Despite music magazine NME’s description of the album as ‘Socialist Worker you can’t quite dance to’, this isn’t dour, earnest music with no tunes. There is an incredible energy in every song. The band use a blend of punk and soul to get their message across, whether they’re singing about love or unemployment.
The founders of the band had the idea of being a mix of ‘Elvis and Che Guevara’. However, they aren’t one of those ‘radical’ bands who think that political rock is going to overthrow capitalism.
They say, ‘It’s just a record. It’s not going to change the world. ‘But still, it’s a product of an ongoing struggle that, in the end, will change the world.’
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