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MDC – ‘Mein Trumpf’ Album Review

MDC – Mein Trumpf

MDCReturning punk legends MDC are back with Mein Trumpf, their first full-length in 13 years. Forming in 1979, MDC were amongst the very first US hardcore band, and have an illustrious history in the underground punk scene. Consistent advocates of gay, trans, animal, equal-race rights, MDC have influenced and worked with some of the biggest names in the genre. The band have just returned from a seven-week UK/EU tour, with further tour dates to announce soon.

Let’s face it, if there ever was a time for us older punk rockers and those of you new to the movement, now is the time we need turn the words into action. We have been eagerly anticipating punk albums and songs aimed at America’s new shame, President Tr*mp. It has taken legendary anarchist punkers, MDC to release the very first anti-Trump album.

Opening with the magnum opus on this album is the lengthy title track, Mein Trumpf. The song is epic in scope from the overlay of Trump’s ‘build a wall’ speech with a Hitler speech at a rally. The song moves from a laid back, almost ballad like section to full on rockabilly to punk rock with lyrics full of pokes at the narcissistic man himself with the constant theme of “What the Trump is going on?” Attacking everything from Trump’s fake news to the lament that the ‘weak are supporting the strong.’ It is an epic effort that is accessible and thought provoking.

Next up is Working For Satan where MDC speed it up with fast paced drums, chunky guitars and the vocals fully up front in the mix and that helps the lyrics take on a prominence that they deserve. MDC are as angry as they were when I first saw them support the Dead Kennedys in the early 1980s and they remain as relevant as ever. Muscle Cars takes on the banal small town jock culture and has an almost jazzy feel at times but certainly with a hardcore edge

Drones is a full-frontal attack on cowardly drone warfare with intricate guitar and drum work and, like most tracks on the album it changes approaches allowing MDC to weave in different tempos and musical approaches to support the pointed lyrics. On Haldol a spiraling guitar lick is supported by pounding drums and the song has a menacing tone followed by the truly excellent Just For Today. Here a powerful punk riff supports a superbly clever lyrical approach with verses based on an AA introduction and choruses full of hope and optimism – it is one of the top punk rock tracks of 2017 in my mind!

The 7th song of the 12 on this release is Don’t Open The Door with another attack on the immigration authorities and their door-to-door search for “illegal immigrants” – don’t open the door is sound legal advice set to a punk rock backing track. Mouth Full Of Gimme is a full on hardcore effort suggesting that the way to live is to give and attacks the “first to take, last to give, live your life like a sieve” individuals out there who take advantage. It sounds like a personal story and the boys sound angry!

MDC continue with the broad based attack on many subjects that clearly piss them off with My Show, where an almost funky/ska beat supports scam artists in the music industry, banking industry etc. Product Placement with a humorous introduction that develops into a real hardcore rocker attacking capitalism and the “Buy now” culture. The penultimate track is just in time for the holiday season and the Merry Fucking Christmas intro falters to deceive as it is replaced with a fast paced punk rocker lamenting the plight of the poor at this time of year.

The album concludes with a renewed recoding of the Born To Die, No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA that has been heard at Green Day gigs, Antifa rallies and other anti-Trump rallies. As relevant, topical, angry and powerful as it ever was with pounding drums and soaring guitar solos interspersed with a mosh pit ready hardcore approach.

MDC, like Conflict have remained true to their roots, their beliefs and it shows through on an authentic, committed and passionate album. It is one of the best of the year for me and lets hope that it galvanizes a whole new generation into resistance!

The album is set for release on December 1st and you can all the details here: http://www.davedictor.com/mdc