On April 23, German post-rock/post-hardcore group The Antikaroshi will release new album Extract.Transform.Debase via Exile on Mainstream. And today, they’ve shared a new track from the album, titled “Constitution Shall Not.” It’s the leadoff track from the album, and it’s a tense, heavy exercise in post-punk rhythms and deep, pummeling bass. It finds a middle ground between the dark pulse of Joy Division and the powerful art punk of Unwound, with a dose of political commentary as well.
The group says in a statement, “The track was created out of a mood of personal disillusion on current democracy. While right-wing political leaders noticeably seem to solidify their power worldwide, the amount of infotainment is increasingly high. It must be clear that there’s an interest to keep things on this level of emotional blunting. Therefore, other measures than a comment on social media are necessary to stop your next-door neighbor flying unmanned aerial vehicles in Syria and keep our so-called democracy alive. Nevertheless, it is the people we believe in!”
Listen to “Constitution Shall Not” below.
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