13 Nightmares

Shit Ride

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Thirteen Nightmares' music is hard and fast Midwestern rock, but it's completely secondary to their lyrical concerns. An all-white band from Nebraska, Thirteen Nightmares are fairly obsessed with issues of racial equity and the African-American experience; their album art is jammed full of quotes from Malcolm X and Chuck D, and songs are dedicated to Huey Newton and James Baldwin. All told, this makes for a creepy listen, for while it's tough to doubt the group's earnestness, it's equally difficult to applaud Shit Ride; their attitude is disturbingly condescending -- white liberal guilt at its most patronizing.