Countless Thousand’s new album “And the Triumph of Justice” is fast-paced, melodic punk rock with a softer side.
It’s full-on energy and loud, big, sweeping sounds, but the vocals are melodic and gorgeous rather than the more predictable punk rock sound. The combination is something relatable, angry still, but with a bit more obvious compassion for the listener. Recorded during lockdown in two kitchens…with riotous, rebellious, gorgeous, lusty and quite beautiful freeness of thought and unhinged lyrical journeys.
I’m English, so punk rock is something of a tradition for me. I grew up listening to The Clash, The Sex Pistols and a whole bunch of ska bands with their feet firmly planted in punk. I have the mosh bruises to prove it still, in fact!! But I have also grown to like the more Americana punk of Green Day and Say Anything. Punk always has something to say and always in the most honest way. They call themselves Theatrepunk, a label which describes this music perfectly.
There’s a lot to talk about right now, to shout about, to scream about. So punk feels like the perfect antidote to all this mess. Punk doesn’t lie, it is raw and brutal and fierce and unafraid. We need punk more than ever it seems and this album from this very aware band, Countless Thousands, is a perfect blend of fire and thought.
Soft on one track, full throttle on another, this album is full of delicious irony. Bless them for shamelessly evoking their Americanness, but without all the bullshit. They seem to revel in their own history even as they invoke that special kind of US sarcasm. I love the lyrics, which are surprisingly easy to decipher for a punk band. But then this isn’t a traditional punk band really. The guitar is a bit more melodic thank UK punk, less saw, more harmony. It’s punk for our hellish era, with walls of warmer sound and huge and brilliant drums, roof-raising vocals and lovely comic asides.
I’m enjoying Countless Thousands and their, dare I say it, Adam and the Ants-like drumming and epic, frosty guitar. This is a big, big album, 16 tracks!!!! It seems to relish its distant and loving call back to the 80s. It is rock opera and pub punk with a twist of revelatory, world-changing themes. It’s pretty brilliant actually, the more you hear it, the more you love it and it did love it!!!
Bravo! Local band…Glendale, CA. Who new punk rockers roamed the sweet, meandering avenues of Glendale?
Favorite song, “Murder Assassins from the Future.” I’m a sucker for a love song.
Davey Munch – Bass; Light Return – Gtr/Vox/Recording; Danger Van Gorder – Vox/Gtr
Producer Name(s): Light Return
Here’s another favorite, “Lazar Wolf.”