The Strike

Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust

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While listening to A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust, one can't help but have the inspirational mental image of armies marching across the land venting their frustrations of class struggle while armed with sledgehammers, pitchforks and shovels. The debut full-length from this Twin City four-piece would have that sort of effect on someone with songs such as "Kicking Ass," which has become an anthem for every Joe Laborer out there in need of a supporting voice (as gravelly vocalist Chad Anderson proudly shouts out, "...kicking ass for the working class"). These left-wing stances are accompanied by a heavy influence of mod and 1977 punk a la the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and the Jam. Hints of reggae can also be found on tracks such as "Victoria" and "Downpresser Man," along with a touch of soul on their rendition of the Sisters Three's "You Can Forget It." Packed with the intensity of Anderson's lyrics and energy, A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust could be the perfect soundtrack for a revolution.

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