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Barnsley punks bring politics back to centre stage

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Issue 2456

Formed two years ago in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, The Hurriers call themselves “A proper socialist punk band”. 

They have gained a reputation by gigging and appearing at festivals across Britain.   

Their debut album, From Acorns Mighty Oaks is produced by Alan Smyth who worked on the Arctic Monkeys’ first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. 

But it is the Clash who first spring to mind when you hear the band. Their sound is accessible and appealing.

The first two tracks Spectemur Agendo and Enjoy the Storm are clear rock territory. 

But The Hurriers’ influences outside punk come through in other songs with their Rocksteady beats. 

Fourth track Faith to Fight has an upbeat guitar riff and melodic vocals.

Here you can clearly hear the new wave sound of bands such as The Jam. 

Politics run through the whole album.  

Tracks such as Britain Last and Truth and Justice take up fighting the fascists and police brutality during the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.  

The origins of the punk rebellion lay in many different places. But its discord captured the mood —and there’s plenty of space for The Hurriers’ angry political music today.

From Acorns Mighty Oaks, The Hurriers, out now.

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