Bob Vylan We Live Here

Album Assessment

Bob Vylan: We Reside Right here (Bandcamp)


Launched: June fifth, 2020


Important and visceral report dropped by Bob Vylan.

Bob Vylan are Bobby (vocals and manufacturing) and Bobbie (drums and non secular steering) who started to generate curiosity in 2019 with a visitor appearances on Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes Radio1session for Annie Mac, supporting Gallows at their present at Home of Vans and collaborating with Huge Assault alumni Tough on his new album, adopted by a  North American tour with hardcore rapper Nascar Aloe. However issues actually kicked off for the band in March this 12 months after they dropped a brand new single and video: ‘We Reside Right here’ which we reviewed right here. The video went viral, incomes rave critiques and, for a lot of, it was their first encounter with a band that hit them like a tsunami.

Regardless of this the band struggled to get assist for his or her newest EP “We Reside Right here”, which they consider was because of ‘its social commentary and the matters it tackles’. So, out of the blue on fifth June, they determined to launch it as an immediate obtain and vinyl pre-order (which bought out in a matter of hours) solely on Bandcamp, deciding to not put it on streaming companies. They acknowledged: ‘We is not going to have our artwork – our artwork that specifically considerations itself with the combat in opposition to injustice, the combat in opposition to racism, the struggles of the disenfranchised, the struggles of minorities – we is not going to have that artwork devalued to the extent that it’s value £0.004 a stream on day.’

What Bob Vylan ship on this EP is nothing in need of important listening. The unhappy fact is that it might have been important listening 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, a 100 years in the past, and it says quite a bit for the music business, which nonetheless likes to think about itself as various and inclusive, that no person would contact this launch with a barge pole. It’s not comfy listening for white ears, however neither ought to or not it’s. What it delivers is a view of Britain by black eyes, a soundtrack for what we see taking place on the streets, filtered by the information, unfiltered by viral movies, or by black experiences and it calls for that we take heed to it.

This EP is 20 minutes of training from a righteously indignant trainer, however change can solely come from understanding.

Musically it’s a combination up of grime, rap and punk with an ominous backdrop of sounds that sound like they arrive from any rundown, underfunded, forgotten interior metropolis property. It opens with Intro, a manifesto of types which lays out what is going to observe, a chorus of We Reside Right here, which is poetry harking back to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, and will have as a lot impression.

There may be England’s Ending with its deep world beat over laying an nearly Oliver Twist urchin recitation from England’s slums.

Pulled Pork is an assault on police brutality and harassment and a celebration, a standing pleased with being black, of not being ashamed of who you’re regardless of what the remainder of society might make you’re feeling.

Lynch Your Leaders assaults the leaders who peddle the lie {that a} nation’s ills are because of some undefined alien tradition, skirting racism with intelligent phrases, however ensuring the message subconsciously filters by: our tradition is at peril from these which are different. These individuals who Bob Vylan say, ‘need our nation again, however again from whom? They purchased this ache upon themselves.’

Northern Line drips with anxiousness and concern and feels like a prepare going uncontrolled. It consists of the road I Can’t Breathe, which resonates in a dreadful means now.

Save Your self drips with heavy beats declaring that we may all use assist, however don’t anticipate it to return from another person, you bought to lift your self up, as a result of ‘dying occurs whenever you’re making different plans’.

The title observe, We Reside Right here, is the perfect track you’ll hear all 12 months. It’s so fucking good I can’t discover the phrases for it. It’s too visceral for phrases, phrases will scale back it to a constructivist discourse. Simply fucking take heed to it.

The EP ends on a Second Of Silence which is precisely that. It really works extremely nicely as a result of after the incendiary bomb of the earlier tracks, it provides you a time to replicate, to pause, to ask your self, what can I do?

We Reside Here’s a view of Britain from the black viewpoint and it’s a message all individuals should hear.

On Blackout Tuesday (the day social media was awash in black photographs as a present of assist for Black Lives Matter) Bob Vylan posted on Instagram:

‘DEAR WHITE PEOPLE! Educate yourselves. Your black sq. submit doesn’t change the best way you suppose, it doesn’t change the best way you view our struggles as black individuals, it doesn’t change the buildings that YOU profit from each day, so right here, I’ll assist you to get began! (and right here we see a pile of books which incorporates:  There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack – Paul Gilroy, The Mis-Schooling Of The Negro – Carter G. Woodson, The Souls Of Black Folks – Du Bois, The Autobiography of Malcom X, Power To Love – Martin Luther King, Revolutionary Suicide – Huey P. Newton) Please don’t assume you could learn 1, or all of those books and out of the blue be “cured” of your racism. These are beginning factors for what needs to be made part of your on a regular basis studying so that you’re higher outfitted in relation to your function in helping us dismantle white supremacy and the racist buildings constructed to oppress us.’

To that checklist of books, I’d additionally add, as important listening, Bob Vylan.

You could find Bob Vylan on-line right here, on Fb, on Twitter and on Instagram.


All phrases by Mark Ray. Extra writing by Mark Ray may be discovered at his writer archive. And he may be discovered on Twitter, Instagram and WordPress

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