soma holiday (2013/FANCLUB)

HARDCORE-PUNK. Calling THE PROLETARIAT a hardcore band is a big stretch, at least if you're talking about hardcore as a musical style. While the other Boston bands were defining a local sound based on speed and brutality, the PROLETARIAT were melding the styles of their heroes the SEX PISTOLS and GANG OF FOUR to create sparse, edgy, but always hyper-aggressive melodic hardcore-punk. In '81 they put out a 7-song demo tape called "distortion". Some of these songs would end up on their 1st LP, but only after THE PROLETARIAT were introduced to a wider hardcore audience through the seminal compilations "this is boston, not l.a." and "unsafe at any speed". The band came into their own with the release of their 1st LP, "soma holiday" on the Radiobeat label in 1983. This record contains 18-blasting art-punk anthems that tackle a variety of social issues. Although more direct in their critique than GANG OF FOUR, the PROLETARIAT never had the blatant agenda of CRASS.

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