Christopher Postlewaite

Music

Soul Glo’s ‘Diaspora Problems’ Is The Shape Of Punk To Come

April 13, 2022

“Every morning we congregate on top of this mass grave that we call a nation.”

 

It’s hard not to love a record that kicks off playing the 20th Century Fox fanfare with bong hits. As the fanfare gives way to driving but joyfully overdriven guitars of “Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass),” Soul Glo accomplishes the nearly impossible: they present a sound, a vibe, a take on punk that feels refreshingly new and alive without shedding the fun and flippancy. Throughout the runtime of Diaspora Problems, there’s a sense that the band has remade punk in its own image just by being themselves.

 

 

On the record’s best tracks (and there is not a single skippable one in the set), vocalist Pierce Jordan contorts his voice into a manic flow, there’s echoes of Mohinder and Black Eyes tempered with his own inimitable vocal charisma. “Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future)” is the perfect synthesis of everything Soul Glo does better than anyone else. It’s a chaotic whirlwind that invites you into its maelstrom, the band’s noise supplying a rush of adrenalin. It’s alive in a way that far too many traditionalist punk bands miss being overly obsessed with either the past or the future. This is the here and now. As the band integrates electronic programming, bassist and producer GG’s vision comes into play. He makes their sonic world feel huge in the best way. The Mother Maryrose-featuring “Driponomics” stands out without sounding out of place, her verse expanding the depth of the world.

 

“My parents were contorted to build a future
where their children get extorted
and, of course, we can’t bear to tell them their efforts were consumed in fire”

 

Pierce Jordan makes his appeal for the revolution through a personal lens. Standouts “We Wants Revenge” and “John J” tackle the hollowness of white liberalism by expiating the emotional toll. Jordan’s invitation to rise up mixes his fury with possibility. Joined by Thirdface vocalist Kathryn Edwards, “John J” bristles with raw energy. The record closes out with the epic “Spiritual Level of Gang Shit” that turns the band’s righteous rage into an almost operatic scale; it’s propulsive, noisy, and unexpectedly moving. On Diaspora Problems, Soul Glo achieve a level of punk rock excellence few other bands have hit while coming off like they’re not even trying. This is one of those records you just know is gonna spark a movement.

 

Follow Soul Glo @soulglophl for more.

 

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