A Republican in the White House, political uprisings in the streets, turmoil in the Middle East - it sounds like time for another mind-jarring punk band to raise awareness, empower the downtrodden masses and well, kick fucking ass. The time has come for Pressure to kick down the doors of institutional injustice and expose the crooked bastards for the power wolves that they are.

Pressure rocks with a swinging street punk to rival Rancid charged with a skewering social analysis and a biting fury not heard since the glory days of MDC, Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth. Pressure looks to resurrect a time when punk – the lifestyle, the music, the movement and not the Hot Topic clothing style - was dangerous, inspiring, uplifting, moving and yet musical, danceable and deliciously accessible. When bands like the Clash, Cocksparrer and The Partisans ruled the streets and warmed the hearts of rebellious youth. When you could hear early singles from a pre-VH1 Police or English Beat blasting through the same dance halls where Black and Latino skinheads gathered to plot their next move against the system.

And after all, who better to help inaugurate a new era of rousing punk anthems and cutting social commentary than a group of veterans with resumes dating back to the most vital progressive street youth era? Chuck Treece, Sean Muttaqi, and Ray Rodriquez have blazed a path of righteous rabble rousing with their respective careers impressive enough to last a lifetime – but they’ve still got more than enough life in them to kick out the jams against the new fascists in power.

Main songwriter and Pressure mouthpiece Muttaqi has spent two decades playing in both the punk and reggae scene’s, as well as been emersed in the trenches of political and social activism - from the anarchist, anti-facist, class war and animal liberation movements, to anti-racist action, indiginous rights and Third World revolutionary struggles. For years he’s recommended that progressive people of all colors and classes both edjucate and uplift their minds as well as train and arm themselves (a la Frantz Fanon and Malcolm X) in order to protect their freedoms. HeÍs utilized bands like the intentionally controversial Vegan Reich and the more laid back Reggae band Captive Nation Rising to spread this message, while also finding time to pursue spiritual and cultural roots in Jamaica, study martial arts with the last of the old guard Martial Arts masters in Mainland China, and raise an ever growing family.

Muttaqi discovered something of a musical and ideological soul mate in Treece. A man whose skate-core anthems with McRad inspired a generation before he moved on to play with Underdog, Bad Brains, as well as with similarly minded revolutionary Hip Hop group The Roots. Both share a genuine non politically aligned social consciousness, love of Ital Jamaican Food, and a seeming desire to have more kids than each other.

And finally there’s Rodriquez, adding his Puerto Rican flavor and life experience to Pressure’s already invigorated Afro-American, North African and Mexican ethnic stew and rounding out the band’s geographical East Coast, Miami and Southern California pedigree. Ray cut his teeth in straight edge flag-wavers Tension (whose members went on to join Bouncing Souls and New Found Glory) before moving on to form Vietnom alongside several architects of New York City’s seminal DMS crew.

Editado por x138x em Fev 13 2007, 12h42

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