NYC nouveau-punk outfit The 1865 reveal alarming new video for 'John Brown's Gat'
"Strong, impactful music that reminds you of America’s dark past, but also reminds you that the effects of slavery are still felt today... No bullshit or added frills or anything, just raw, driving guitars, sneering vocals, and exactly the kind of powerful message you want from punk rock" – BrooklynVegan
"This is a band who is not afraid to break new ground, to pursue a history-informed agenda for the future, to educate those who are indeed listening, and to infuse with groove those who are not really listening but want to feel the music… truth be told, there really is so much here to feel and think about" – Louder Than War
"A muscular, no-frills punk rock soundtrack that proved it’s possible to be forward-thinking and backward-looking... a winning combination of Afrofuturism and punk rock" – AfroPunk
"Anchored by the potent vocals of Honeychild Coleman soaring above a muscular fusion of rock/hardcore/punk/blues... There are some seriously catchy melodic hooks that belie a bittersweet contrast to the horrific subject within" – No Echo
Groundbreaking NYC-based nouveau-punk collective The 1865 present their fascinating new video for 'John Brown's Gat'. This single can be found on their debut album 'Don’t Tread On We!', released via Mass Appeal Records. This follows up the earlier released singles 'Buckshot' and 'Get Out'. Directed by Hectah, the new video combines illustrations by Honeychild Coleman, visuals and text from old newspapers, and stylized imagery of the band members themselves.
The 1865 was formed in 2017 by musician/filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (The White Mandingos, The Wilding Incident), who also directed the new Wu-Tang docu-series acquired by Showtime. The band came to life when joined by Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman (Apollo Heights / The Veldt, Badawi) on lead vocals/baritone guitar and famed session musician pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece on drums. The band later added Afro-Brazilian bassist Flora Lucini (Maafa) and drummer Jason “Biz” Lucas (Dragonz of Zynth) to the mix.
The 1865's music is influenced by Bad Brains, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Minor Threat, but also such artists as Neil Young, Betty Davis and X-Ray Spex. Punk, metal and new wave dipped in blues barbecue sauce. Open your mouth and dive right in - it tastes great. Machine gun and dissonant guitars, bass deeper than the Bayou, and revolutionary drums lifted straight out of tools in the field.
'John Brown's Gat' and the entire album, was recorded at Applehead Recording Studio in Woodstock, New York by Chris Bittner and Michael Birnbaum, who have worked with everyone from Bad Brains to Living Colour to Coheed and Cambria. "John Brown was a white man who believed that African Americans should not be enslaved; he was willing to bust his gun (aka his “Gat”) to contribute to the emancipation/liberation effort. The kids today would simply describe him as an “ally”. He was willing to put his life on the line and eventually he lost his life on behalf of his Nubian brothers and sisters. We crafted a tune to honor the man. RIP my brother. You were on the right side of history. Donald Trump is a chump," says Sacha Jenkins.
On 'Don’t Tread On We!', the band takes inspiration from 1865 America, post the Emancipation. Each song from the LP features different explorations of life in 1865 America, a land living in the shadows of the fallen Confederacy. That year, the Civil War came to an end, thus igniting what was known as America’s Reconstruction era. And while newly freed slaves were slowly adapting to a post-Confederate society, the battle had truly just begun.
There are still so many parallels with modern American history, The 1865 chose their name as to signify that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This debut album punctuates that sentiment, with real stories told through the prism of hardcore punk. The result is a band, whose lyrics are just as powerful as their bone-shaking sound.
In this current climate, message music is absolutely vital. Enter The 1865 with their mission to inform of the past while simultaneously highlighting some painful realities about the present. Each song is a carefully constructed history lesson, with a supercharged soundscape
“I think Carolyn did a really great job of telling a really broad range of perspectives. All of these songs can be looked at as stories. But if you’re not really plugged into what the lyrics are about or what the scene is all about, at the end of the day the music still rocks," says Sacha Jenkins.
'Don’t Tread On We!' is out now, available digitally via Apple Music, Spotify and directly Bandcamp, as well as numerous other online stores. It is also available on black and red vinyl in a vintage style jacket with a lyric/coloring book.
CREDITS Sacha Jenkins SHR - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals Carolyn "Honeychild" Coleman - Baritone Guitar, Lead Vocals Chuck Treece - Drums, Bass, Backing Vocals and Rhythm Guitar All songs written by Jenkins / Treece / Coleman Recorded at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York Recorded and mixed by Chris Bittner, Michael Birnbaum Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper Video directed by Hectah, including illustrations by Honeychild Coleman
In The Video Flora Lucini (MAAFA) - Bass Sacha Jenkins SHR - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals Carolyn "Honeychild" Coleman - Baritone Guitar, Lead Vocals Jason "Biz" Lucas (Dragonz of Zynth) - Drums
Photos by CP Krenkler, except photo crossing the street by Ed Marshall.
LIVE DATES Jan. 09, 2020 New York - Max Fish (Residency) Jan. 18, 2010 New York - Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM Cafe (MLK Celebration)
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