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Album Review: Glitchers – Thought Crimes

Glitchers

Glitchers - Thought Crime Cover Art

 

Release Date: 12/03/21

Label: Self-release

For Fans Of: Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats, Gallows

 

One of the most striking parts of the last year has been the silence. We rarely leave our quiet homes, making the streets empty; pubs and clubs are rendered redundant, with not so much as a cover band gracing the stage. Metaphorically and literally, our worlds have become an awful lot quieter. Yet art is irrepressible, it’ll seep through the smallest of cracks to fill our lives with joy—and sound—again. 

Glitchers’s debut EP Thought Crimes wants to help you remember what it’s like to get lost in noise. 

Raw and passionate, Thought Crimes blasts through social issues varying from feminism to the environment. Sounding like a pissed-off, political fever dream of The White Stripes, it’s bombastic and relentless. With guitars distorted to the point your speakers crack and drums that are simple yet soul-shaking, the album attacks your senses from the very first note.

In short, the unsigned two-piece wear the heart of punk squarely on their sleeve. You can see this in the way they spent the last year: Travelling the country with an amp, a megaphone and the scuffed-up passion that made punk a protest, performing in city centres as if they were CBGBs. Glitchers know music venues may be closed, but art can (and must) be performed everywhere. They even put on an unwelcome show outside the home of Boris Johnson himself, although they got shut down halfway through singing the album-closing track “Fuck the Tories.” Sid Vicious would be proud. 

This old-school punk spirit shines in everything Glitchers touch. An anti-capitalist approach to art leaves them existing on donation buckets and merch sales, although even that’s priced to only cover costs. Every principle they scream on the EP—equality, anarchism and love—are ones they live in real life. 

Recorded in their home during lockdown—with some vocals captured in a car to give their neighbours a break—the DIY feel embodies each track like another instrument. There’s nothing pretty about Thought Crimes, and it’s all the better for it. 

Opening with ‘Keep Calm,’ Glitchers set their stall out early. It’s two staccato notes, then all hell breaks loose. In their sights this time is our destruction of the environment: “Keep calm, Or get fucked up, it’s the only way to live.” Vocal cords shred. Guitars screech. The tone is set. With guitars as heavy as the subject matter, they launch into the rest of the album. ‘FFFIREWORK’ captures lead singer Jake’s experience as a councillor, where his politics were memorialized by the mayor as “A match inside a factory filled with fireworks.” That’s a fitting description for Thought Crimes, too. 

Quickly following is ‘Suck It,’ which has an opening riff bordering on bluesy, before descending into Gallows-style hardcore. This riff is sprinkled throughout, offering the album, and the ears, a reprieve from the chaos. Tackling the accepted societal trope that violence is more acceptable than a woman’s pleasure, the song is an EP standout. Glitchers then cover abusive relationships (‘Tunnels’) and issue a call to arms to the ‘Zombie Generation,’ before closing with the albums most provocative song, ‘Fuck The Tories.’ Like so much of the record it’s aggressive and straightforward, and while not particularly witty, it carries the message well. No one is mistaking them for subtle, but they’re politically consistent and unwilling to pull punches. 

While at times it may feel simplistic, Thought Crimes lays out a framework for the two-piece to grow from. Glitchers are focused, angry, and gunning for all of society’s ills—in the loudest way possible. 

Rating: 7/10

Recommended Tracks: Suck It

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