First things first – 7″ records rule. Maybe it’s a generational thing but there is a real satisfaction to be had out of taking a record from its sleeve and letting the needle drop. Aurally it’s a better experience too.
What’s even better is when there’s something interesting going on with the packaging. The striking thing about this record is the colour of the vinyl. Red white and black marble. I love it. The name Menshevik harks back to the Russian Revolution and roughly translates as ‘from the minority’. How many times have we all fallen into that genre?
Of course there are songs to listen to and sounds to be adjudged. Menshevik hark back to an era when people had the words Hardcore tattood on their body (or at least their copies). Mine was DCHC – not for Dublin City, but for DonnyCarney, my hometown. Mensheviks handle UKHC and raging it is too. If you’re not down with the kids these days you may not realise that this is the sound of exploding guitars, chugging bass riffs, and drums battling a beat to keep you shouting, not singing, along.
It’s a great sound, perfect for the 7″ single with 3 songs on each side here. Each track is a plea for action whether it is Ceasefire is asking us to be resonsible for our actions, or Muzzle stating after “years of oppression it’s time to fight back“.
Menshevik want to change the world, starting with the power of music – and what of the music? It’s a sound that gets us to raise a fist to punk rock and drag it through the hardcore dryer whilst screaming our commandment “Thou Shalt Question Everything“. It’s 120Kph on a musical journey with one foot in the 80’s and one firmly planted 3 decades later asking us… no, screaming at us, to take stock and question everything.
All packaged up by Dry Heave Records with consideration and affection, it harks back to those early Revelation and even Dischord records, with definite British feel.