If you are into the alternative scene at all, Propagandhi is most likely a band you have heard of. Let's face it they have a string of recordings dating back to 1993, with Supporting Caste their sixth effort.
In terms of any band, when you manage to survive for more than 15 years, and can manage to release six disks, you have pretty well stated claim to a very solid career.
The band began recording on Fat Wreck Chords, an American label, but turned to the Canadian label Smallman for their last two offerings, after relations with the American company soured.
Propagandhi, who hail from Winnipeg, really have a sense of just what rock can be.
On the music side this is pretty straight-edged rock, with an occasional punk influenced chord peeking through. It's high energy, not overbearing, yet powerful. It shows a rock heart beats for these guys.
Lyrically, Propagandhi looks to make statements with every one of the 12 songs. Sometimes they beat you over the head with their message. At other times it's a bit more subtle.
Either way Propagandhi recognizes that rock music has been used for protest in the past, and they are keeping that tradition alive.
It's not often a band so clearly wants the listener to end up thinking, yet they wrap their message in such fine straight rock, that the music really draws you in. You come for the beat, and stay for the message.
Of course, given this band's experience why would anyone expect less. Lesser bands are long gone before amassing the number of disks these guys have taken to the street.
If you like hard-edged rock, rock that offers more than catchy rhyming lyrics to entice a radio DJ to play it, then you owe it to yourself to grab Supporting Caste. You will not be disappointed.
Check it out at www.propagandhi.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 6, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada