Formed in the wake of the 2016 Trump election, Durham, QDR (vocals / guitar), NC trio, Abu Shea (bash), and Ba7ba7 (drums) have quickly released a series of albums – Muslims (2018), May the Supreme (2019), Gentrified chicken (2020) – and them Inshallah: Tomorrow we will inherit the world (2020) Opportunity to listen through one of Punk Rock’s most established homes before earning an EP.
With Fuck These Fuckin Fascists, The band’s debut on the Pooja Punk Rock label Epitaph Records, Muslims are here to tell you why they are punk rock “now”. On an occasion Digital Encounter, the long-running label reads the id among the band’s DMs and asks if they will be open to keep a record with them. At first, the band was suspicious.
“We had to have a conversation like, ‘Is this really the route we’re trying to take?’ Says QADR Spin Above zoom. “Especially knowing these labels and many more mainstream punk scenes, Super White, Super CIS Dudes, you know? And our thing is very ‘fuck white domination. All this boo boo. ”
After a tough conversation, the band decided that going with the epitaph was not only the way to go, but also what they had earned.
“We’ve done a lot of work on our record,” Shia says. “We do a lot of work in our personal playing and rehearsals and we spend a lot of time honoring this music. The public sometimes forgets about that shit in favor of lighting the spotlight on our identities.
Much attention has been paid to whether the band exists at all. They are the latest in the longest history of racially diverse punk rock bands that spanned decades-always challenging the stereotype of a scene of 3-4 sit-down white boys standing on each stage.
QADR says, “There’s no recognition of this perfect deletion and punk past.” “It’s just like that, we’re actually descending from a bunch of other black and brown bunch, or like the queer and trans punk bands who were out of the scene here – and just weren’t getting fucking recognition.”
His evidence is completely alive Fuck These Fuckin Fascists, A record overflowing with the instantaneity of the moment. From the insane album opener “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” to “John McCain’s Ghost Snake in the White House and Tea Bag the President” (a strong contender for the song title of the year), Muslims marry the controversial comment Political action with rock experience.
The title is a song of lead single fist raised and thrown, a call for action for the continued resistance of a fascist state. The follow-up single “Unity” saw the band respond to a Biden / Harris America neo-liberal reaction and avoid problems that still seem true to many in favor of complacency with a different taste of old white. A man in the presidency. As one might guess, the comments on their YouTube video are a bit divisive to say the least – and another punk rock tradition traces of history that Muslims are happy with.
“The political punk I grew up in was clearly political,” Ba7ba7 said. It’s stopping [gentrifying] My city, you know? This was the only dimension of the political message in a song. ”
Bigger than anything, Muslims at the moment, a band is willing to say their piece with their whole chest, throw their fists in the air, and move your legs together. Lest you think it’s all anger and rage, the three members are able to dance freely in their righteous rage, their sense of humor, and the perfect skill of their rhythm.
“We’re all stupid, sweet people going through so many different places and there’s a really nice, diverse community,” QADR says. “But also, just like we’re reading, you know, anger and friction and fat and ‘what they want to do is burn it out’ – which is kind of true. But also, there’s actually a lot of subtlety that I don’t think when you Have a specific identity. “