LP - The Proletariat - Soma Holiday
In 1983, the release of THE PROLETARIAT’s debut Soma Holiday was a shocker—while American hardcore punk was becoming more generic, The Proletariat unleashed something strikingly original. The album’s opening is a call to arms: the primitive, militaristic bass guitar and drums are sliced with razor-sharp guitar dissidence and vocals full of spit and bite. Avant-garde while remaining tuneful, their debut is considered one of the most brilliant albums to come out the early ‘80s American hardcore scene. In 1980, straight from Apponequet High School in Southeastern Massachusetts, RICHARD BROWN, PETER BEVILACQUA, and FRANK MICHAELS began pounding out noise, and soon they added high schooler TOMMY MCKNIGHT. Inspired by The Buzzcocks, The Jam, PiL, and Wire, the young band tapped into the high energy hardcore punk swirling around and infused it with art-punk excitement. By the time that their classic debut hit, The Proletariat were being referred to as “America’s Gang of Four” and a more supercharged Pop Group. The sound of Soma Holiday not only sounds as fresh as ever, the thoughtful politics of its lyrics are just as relevant today in a world of drone strikes and Donald Trump, as they were when Oliver North and Leonid Brezhnev were household names. Cover art restored by DANE HENAS.