SOUL GLO – Diaspora Problems

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Artist: SOUL GLO

Album: Diaspora Problems

Label: Epitaph
Release Date: 25/03/2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


SOUL GLO present us with another offering off-kilter, higher energy hardcore punk with their third full-length album Diaspora Problems.

The four-piece headed by the unbelievably energetic Pierce Jordan have created a truly impressive piece of modern hardcore that pushes the boundaries of the genre as a whole. The band incorporates elements of noise, hip hop and even occasional ska into its unique style and sound. The result is highly unusual rhythms and patterns throughout their output. There isn’t really anyone else that sounds like SOUL GLO to even compare them to, I would probably say that the closest acts I can think of are Every Time I Die simply for their chaotic nature and high energy and Show Me the Body for their punk based genre blending unpredictability.

Four things that always have and continues to set them apart from their contemporaries is first and foremost the pure unrelenting energy and force with which they bombard the listener. That coupled with the second factor, the chaotic and completely unpredictable nature of their music makes their albums a challenging listen at times. This isn’t a detractor in my opinion, just a stated fact that any prospective listener should be aware of. The third element that really helps the band stand out is their ability to condense massive amounts of excellent lyrical content into short song lengths. The fourth and final element that makes the band so special is their lyrical content itself. They present a scathing critique of modern society while also discussing everyday real-life struggles that people face. The way that they blend the two topics makes their music relatable to those going through the struggles they discuss, while also calling for people to make real change to remedy these issues.

The album’s opening track Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass?) is honestly a perfect opener to the album and really sets the tone for everything to come. The song launches straight into the chaos without messing around, but also happens to feature s pretty catchy chorus. The following track Coming Correct Is Cheaper is an even more aggressive offering that really hammers home the point that the band aren’t messing around. Thumbsucker breaks things up a little and offers more groove and catchiness to the mix and incorporates some rhythms that make me thing of the Beastie Boys, while also working in some ska.

It’s no easy feat to pick a favourite track on an album this strong, however I think that I would have to go with Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future)). This song just goes stupidly hard between the catchy, bouncy punk rhythms, unrelenting energy and crazed vocal performance. The speed with which the vocals are delivered is genuinely impressive and at times feels like a crazed rant (in a good way). I mean Pierce Jordan manages to fit 806 words into a 3:26 song, that in itself is an impressive feat and this isn’t repeated nonsense just for the sake of filling the track, these are excellently written lyrics laid out expertly. A close second for me would have to be We Wants Revenge simply due to how much fun the song is from start to finish. This is 2:23 of pure punk aggression and rhythm on full display. While having a fun energy to it the lyrics are anything but fun, calling out left wing protestors for not going anywhere near far enough with their refusal to militarize.

Something else that may throw some listeners are the hip hop focused tracks that the band work in between their more hardcore focused music. These songs usually still feature plenty of punk/hardcore influence but will present as a surprise if you aren’t expecting full hip hop segments on the album. Song like Driponomics give the listener a dark trap offering with semi shouted/semi rapped vocals from Pierce and full on rap from the track’s guest Mother Mayrose. There’s actually a lot of varied influences at play on this release and the track Spiritual Level Of Gang Shit at the end of the album is a great example of this. Not only does this song featured an impressive hip hop segment from McKinley Dixon and Lojii but it also includes some ska elements.

Overall, I can safely say that Diaspora Problems is one of the more interesting albums that I’ve heard so far in 2022. The band know how to perfectly blend pure energy, politically charged lyrics, raw talent and unbridled creativity and have clearly demonstrated this on this release. While some punk purists may find issue with the melding of genres on this album personally, I see it as just one more factor that makes it so unique and as being integral to the music’s DNA. So, give it a spin today and make up your own mind on how it makes you feel. I guarantee on thing though, whether you love it or hate it you will not be bored.

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