new music: afropunk fest alums sunny gang balance party jams and punk rock fury on ‘readymaderiot!’ ep #soundcheck

October 3, 2014

Sunny Gang have been a favorite around these parts since partying their ways into our hearts 2 years ago with a handful of demos on Soundcloud. The two time Afropunk Fest alumni have grown up a little, tightened up a little, but still keep the party fierce. Their latest EP ReadyMadeRiot! finds the band getting a little more serious, but not so serious that it spoils the fun.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Opening with a clip from their namesake’s classic episode “Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person,” the EP wastes no time in letting you know they don’t exactly take themselves all that seriously. “Slap Juice” is a heavy track that takes a page out of Body Count’s playbook. It’s a song pretty much built for the pit, setting the band’s lovable asshole charm early: “Getting wasted / breaking shit / cause that’s just what the fuck we do.”

Surprisingly, the band is at their best with “1:35” and “Shot Me Down,” two songs that trade the “get wasted and break shit” mantra for some old school punk social consciousness. “1:35” is some straight up American Hardcore (granted they take a little break to go dance punk), complete with gang vocals on the chorus “I’m sick and tired of the system / But I don’t need to be a victim.” On “Shot Me Down,” they get real with a song about the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton in 1969 during a raid by the Chicago PD and FBI. Not only is it the best track on the EP in terms of lyrical depth, it’s also the best damn dance song on the record. Frontman “Nasty” Nate Hitchcock and guitarist Chris Bacchus bring their A game on this one. The EP closes with a re-recording of their demo highlight “Bloc Party.” It’s still the jam.

The record is out now on iTunes and wherever quality digital music is sold.