Bristol’s The New America tip a hat to Idles and Slaves as formative influences and are happy to have shared a billing with a number of Bristol’s other up-and-coming punk outfits since then.
Lyrically, the band is really trying to say something. “Going to the Races (Dressed Like a Racist)” addresses the fact that racism doesn’t just come from your stereotypical idea of a right-wing hooligan. In this case, the racist is putting on his Sunday best and going to the races. Its violent imagery is powerful and they credit anyone who remains shocked in a society when this has become so normalised. At the close, singer Cam lets out a pent-up cry.
Musically, it’s fuzzed up riff and stabbing guitars propel things along and it finishes with an unusual, toppling guitar break. With this latest single, a reputation is building ahead of a potential album. “Going to the Races…” is their most consummate moment yet.
Written By Matt Nicholson