A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust (Amazon, CD Universe, Artist Direct, Last.fm)
The Strike was a self-proclaimed mod band originally from
and 1997’s A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust was their full-length debut album. The band, huge scooter enthusiasts, was influenced by the likes of The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Jam, while also including elements of reggae and soul in their music. Minneapolis, MN
Lyrically A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust is an ode to working class revolution and leftist politics. Luckily the lyrics aren’t so overbearing that those who may not agree with the band’s politics. Plus the songs are exceptionally catchy and full of tons of hooks. Songs like “20 Years,” “Where Did We Go Wrong?,” and “Kicking Ass” are so catchy and fun that you practically forget that you are listening to highly political songs. It’s not that politics and music shouldn’t be mixed or that I necessarily disagree with The Strike’s lyrics, that’s not what I’m getting at. If you are going to successfully mix the two you need to write strong enough songs that can stand on their own merits as songs and not just political messages. Luckily The Strike did just that with this album.
The Strike eventually relocated to
and released a second album, Shots Heard ‘Round the World on Victory Records before finally calling it a day in 1999. If you have never heard The Strike but are a fan of any of the aforementioned bands or the Hudson Falcons, Those Unknown, or The Who then I highly suggest that you check out A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust. Chicago, IL