The New America are back with a new single. The Bristol based, noise rock based band have been gaining a reputation for their raw fuzzy rock tones with the honest reflection of the world
circumstances within their lyrics. You got to love a band who willing to pull off that painful plaster which pulls on the hairs of your arm to shine a light on the injustices they want to sing about, and around the UK you can feel the assurance of youthful bands gaining the confidence and ability to artfully stand up for what they believe in and The New America deserve their place alongside bands like Shame and Mission of Burma.
This track, as you can tell by the title, is a track where The New America have used their platform to stand up alongside the student protesters asking for their rights as citizens to be upheld, the record was written in the summer of 2019 when everyone can remember watching the million people demonstrating on the behalf of democracy.
Like a steady march and advance the drums and guitar beats provide a raw emotion in the air, then like the slap of bodies on the shields the lyrics are confrontational, honest, and attention grabbing. ‘Hong Kong Free Press’ has a flow about it which allows the music to take centre stage at the mid-point to remind you of the bands talents as musicians.
All in all, this is a protest song with a real life story running through the journey of the track, but at the same time it has the right level of protest lyrics which have been written in a catchy and classy manner with a pure punk rock music arrangement banging away in the background. You will find yourself relearning the lessons you witnessed in the summer of 2019, finding a song which you can sing along too.
Written By Kess Anthony
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