By Faye Lockett
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Power from Below

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Issue 455

If anyone needs extra motivation for another five years of the Tories, Motihari Brigade will put your marching boots on in Power from Below.

Named after the Indian birthplace of George Orwell, their call to action is standing up to power through their own Orwellian “thoughtcrime” music.

The album begins with the cry that everything will stay the same “until people take the power” and ends with a poignant message in “Waiting for the Revolution” that “We are on our own but we are not alone”.

“Talking to Crazy” is accompanied by an animated video that wittily mocks the establishment, who take such delight in bombarding us through all mediums of surveillance to conform to the capitalist world we live in.

Listening to Motihari Brigade’s revolutionary rock with ska and reggae influences on headphones can dampen its galvanising spirits, though even then, you can’t help raising a fist to the track “Power to the People”.

Inspired by the anti-fascist International Brigades from the Spanish Civil War, this is an album that needs playing so the streets feel the vibrations, or to be listened to live, to remind us that unity is the only way forward.

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