Sound of Our Revolution | April 2022: Greats from MPF 2022

I wasn’t going to do a playlist this month – I figured last month’s double length playlist would allow me a month off.

But then the Manchester Punk Festival happened, and I didn’t get tickets. So in order to offset the FOMO for myself and anyone else who was unable to go I compiled a selection of great tracks from bands who appeared (or were set to appear) at the festival, so I could have the thrill of discovering lots of great new bands and an excuse to revisit bands I love but haven’t gotten round to listening for ages.

Below I’ll include a full list, along with the platforms the song can be streamed on, as well as any purchase links from Bandcamp or similar – and we’ve made playlists for Deezer, Tidal, YouTube & Spotify.

We are trying to wean off of relying on Spotify, but sadly the alternatives are not yet quite as comprehensive. In the meantime we’d like to draw attention to alternative services, get more people using them, and hopefully allow the marginally more ethical platforms some leverage and capacity to rival Spotify’s monopoly of the industry.

Some songs are only on Spotify however, so if you do use that but would like to support the artists in a more meaningful way, please consider buying the song on Bandcamp if available.

Here are a selection of my favourite tracks from bands from the roster of the MPF 2022!


1. Circling the Drain – Faintest Idea

Streaming On: Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://faintestidea.bandcamp.com/track/circling-the-drain-2

Faintest Idea had to pull out last minute due to Covid, but I saw them in 2019, and you have not lived until you’ve experienced the bafflingly brutal moshpit to this song’s intro riff.

2. Dark Before the Dawn – Waco

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://wacoband.bandcamp.com/track/dark-before-the-dawn

Pleasantly uplifting janky Spoken Word/Punk track – that is as honest as it is feel good. This track doesn’t pull punches, but it does approach the subject matter with a tone of angry hope, not despair, and I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly what I need in 2022.

3. Upside Down – Popes Of Chilitown

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://popesofchillitown.bandcamp.com/track/upside-down

You can’t call your band name Popes of Chilitown and not slap some serious ass. This track reminds me of Sonic Boom Six with its rhythm and rap style of delivery with relentless ska instrumentals. Great band.

4. Heterosexuality Is A Construct – Onsind

Streaming On: Spotify, YouTube

Buy Here: https://onsind.bandcamp.com/track/heterosexuality-is-a-construct

Imagine if Trapdoor Comedy’s Tony Basnett starred in an off broadway musical about gay liberation. You have Onsind’s “Heterosexuality is a Construct”.

This joke will be funny to 7 people.

5. Get Back Up – Chloe Glover

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://chloeglover.bandcamp.com/track/get-back-up

Chloe Glover has an immensely powerful voice and is a valuable addition to the DIY Punk Singer/Songwriter world. I dare you to listen to this song and not feel just a little bit better about yourself.

6. Still To Keep – Crazy Arm

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://crazyarm.bandcamp.com/track/still-to-keep

Crazy Arm are a cool band who have featured on a number of our playlists – this track is new to me, but is one that was recommended on the official MPF 2022 playlist, and it’s pretty great. I don’t have a lot to say, other than it captures a mood as well as being a catchy as fuck kind of folky punk anthem.

7. Knighthoods Are For Cunts – Pizzatramp

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://tnsrecords.bandcamp.com/track/knighthoods-are-for-cunts

This track was going on the playlist before I even listened to the song tbh.

8. Anger Management – Random Hand

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://communityrecords.bandcamp.com/track/random-hand-anger-management

Not one of my favourite Random Hand tracks, but a solid one about toxic masculinity nonetheless from a band that rivals Faintest Idea for Ska based moshpits.

9. Kill Your Inner Cop – Ancast

Streaming On: Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://angstnoise.bandcamp.com/track/kill-your-inner-cop

This is honestly closer to Grindcore than Punk, but hey, they were playing, and I can’t think of a more Punk song title than this.

10. Class Oppression – The Chisel

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/track/class-oppression

Would you believe this is from 2020? Really embracing the raw production of the 80s & 90s Hardcore scene, this song would feel equally at home in a Tony Hawk Game and a communist rally.

I’m not the biggest fan of the raw stripped back tinny sound of early hardcore, but The Chisel really make it work here, and it compliments the anti Sun & Thatcherite messages of the lyrics.

11. N O D R E A M – Jeff Rosenstock

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Bandcamp Link: https://jeffrosenstock.bandcamp.com/album/no-dream

For some reason, Jeff Rosenstock reminds me of a blend of Billy Bragg and Frank Turner if they fully embraced Punk over folk or whatever the fuck it is Frank Turner is doing these days. Opening with a pleasant indie riff, progressively getting more hard Punk by the end, and full of anti-capitalist rhetoric that I just can’t get enough of.

12. Night Witches – Falaun

Streaming On: Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy On: https://deadinvoicesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/night-witches

Anti-Fascists just make the best music, it is a scientific fact. Even if you are a Neo Nazi, why would you even listen to Neo Nazi music when all you’ve got is Burzum and Mumford and Sons. Burzum and Sons. Now that’s a crossover no one needs to hear.

13. Armageddon Stomp – Public Serpents

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Bandcamp Link: https://whatdoyouknowaboutskapunk.bandcamp.com/track/armageddon-stomp-2

The Government is nothing but snakes hun, dm me xxxxxxxxxx

14. Boot Down The Doors – Oi Polloi

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boot-Down-The-Doors/dp/B001LFVOTY

Oi Polloi are probably the band I regret missing the most. Absolute titans of Britpunk, and a guaranteed cure to racist-induced depression and tory oppression.

15. We Wrote This Song Before David Cameron Resigned – Throwing Stuff

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Bandcamp Link: https://throwingstuff.bandcamp.com/track/we-wrote-this-song-before-david-cameron-resigned

Not gonna lie, I actually forgot who David Cameron was, these last 6 years have been something.

Wait 6 years – we’ve only had Boris Johnson as PM for 3 years? Feels like 60.

16. Fuck The World – Incisions

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Bandcamp Link: https://tnsrecords.bandcamp.com/track/fuck-the-world-3

Remember how 2 months ago I was complaining that my anti-war playlist was full of Prog and therefore I could only have like 6 songs on the playlist ‘cause they were all 9 minutes long minimum?

This playlist has the opposite effect. I don’t even know if I’m half way through this playlist yet, and this song is only 1:30. 1:30 of pure awesome punk, but still 1:30. Why didn’t MPF book Dream Theater ffs.

17. Taxman – Bruise Control

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://bruisecontrol.bandcamp.com/track/taxman

I’m a sucker for clean guitar tones with harsh punk vocals. Not even entirely sure what the lyrics are, but I know I like them.

18. They Don’t – Nervus

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://bsmrocks.bandcamp.com/track/they-dont

Bit of a tonal change here, Nervus are very much still Punk, but much slower and more melodic than recent tracks, and wouldn’t be out of place on a Blur album. Incorporating Britpop elements of songwriting but a decidedly punk attitude towards the world. It’s a great combo tbh.

19. My Favourite Thing About Maggie – Smoking Gives You Big Tits

Streaming On: Spotify

Buy Here: https://manchesterpunkfestival.bandcamp.com/track/my-favourite-fact-about-maggie

My least favourite thing about this song is how it only apparently exists on Spotify. Come on, that’s exactly what Maggie Thatcher would’ve wanted. TIDAL, DEEZER, GET SMOKING GIVES YOU BIG TITS ON YOUR PLATFORMS RIGHT NOW.

20. Girl Clout – Fresh

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Bandcamp Link: https://freshpunks.bandcamp.com/track/girl-clout

Another existing favourite, gutted I didn’t get to see them too! A great, catchy and fun take down of boy punks who try to get the approval of girls in the scene by trying way too hard to hide their misogyny rather than actually working on it. Masterclass in Riot Grrl punk.

21. I Don’t Want To Be Sad Forever – Cultdreams

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy On: https://cultdreams.bandcamp.com/track/i-dont-want-to-be-sad-forever

From my first listen I could tell this was going to be a favourite of mine not just for Blizzard but for my own personal living. Sonically it captures despair perfectly, clean guitars with slight echo and simple minor riffs – distorted choruses with the echo that really fucks with your head and makes it feel like the hold world is surrounding and pushing down on you. This is not an easy listening song, but it’s surprisingly soft for a Punk track, focusing on the emotive lyrics and despair of a world that could be so much better than it is but outright refuses to be.

I’m slightly concerned this song will kill the vibe at a comedy gig, but it’s so good I had to include it. Whether I’m dissociating in a depressive state or preparing to fight for a better world, this song is a must have.

22. Yr Beast – Kermes

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy On: https://kermes.bandcamp.com/track/yr-beast-3

AW YES, GENDERQUEER PUNK , MY FAVOURITE FLAVOUR.

This one is another one that has a pretty sad tone to the sound overall and might not be the best hype song, but lyrically it’s so authentic and as a trans person hits me fucking hard. Despite the theming, the song actually makes me feel a sense of solidarity – knowing that I’m not alone in these experiences.

I of course know I’m not the only trans person in 2022, hell I know more people that will relate to this song than won’t at this point. But having it spoken so bluntly and passionately back at me doesn’t just give me a sense of understanding, it gives me a sense of belonging. I sincerely hope every trans person who’s ever attended a Blizzard show feels something similar.

I don’t think I’ll ever hit the emotional authenticity of this track, or Backxwash, or Laura Jane Grace. But I do hope trans people, out or otherwise feel welcome and connected with us. If I have made just one trans person feel better and more excited to be themselves then I can die happy.

23. Rich Cheaters – The Sewer Cats

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://sewercatsuk.bandcamp.com/album/zelda

Needed something a bit more upbeat and angsty to follow those last two, so here we have Manchester rockers The Sewer Cats with an explosive…explosion? God my metaphors are shit today. Of Punk fury. Once again I’ve not been able to find the lyrics so I can’t say for certain what it’s about, but it’s very clearly anti rich people, so I’m sold. Eyyyy. (If you are rich and a Patreon supporter, you have redeemed yourselves, dw ❤ xoxoxo)

24. Here Come The Drums – Jaya The Cat

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://jayathecat.bandcamp.com/album/here-come-the-drums

Another upbeat track to follow as a palate cleanser. This one is super fucking catchy and will be in your head forever. That chorus hook, fuck yes.

25. The 1% – Knife Club

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Bandcamp Link: https://tnsrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-1

The 1% are selfish cunts.

26. Eat the Rich – Cocaine Piss

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://cocainepiss.bandcamp.com/track/eat-the-rich

This song is not in English, but if you weren’t already sold on the song title, this band is called Cocaine Piss.

27. Welfare Warfare – Wadeye

Streaming On: Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube

Buy Here: https://whatdoyouknowaboutskapunk.bandcamp.com/track/welfare-warfare

And to close off let’s have a sample of a Theresa May speech just to remind us of how different things were just 4 years ago. Remember those times? Ahh lovely.

Things were still shit under May, and Cameron. It’s easy to forget as Boris is something else, but they were both still Tory cunts and the only difference is Boris’ face is marginally more punchable.

This angry anthem to close us off is about how Tory Austerity and policy has been continuously stripping the country of all of our public services designed to allow poor people to live. This has only accelerated with covid. Never forget, all Tories enable this. Individuals may agree to a greater or lesser extent. But all of them are complicit. As was Blair’s government, and sadly, probably also Starmer’s shadow cabinet. Please prove me wrong, I would love to be wrong.

And that’s all of the tracks! Gonna try extra hard not to miss next year’s festival, as I’ve missed it more than I ever would’ve realized. Did you make the festival? Let us know who you saw and what tracks stuck with you! It was actually MPF 2019 where I first heard the track that is now our theme song, so I’m always excited to find new bands and songs from this festival.

Join us on Twitch.tv/blizzardcomedy on the 25th April where Andrew Marsh, Kirstie Summers, Thom Bee, Amapal Singh, Craig Wilson, Kath Marvelley and Righteous Lion will deconstruct the major news events of the past month – and book tickets to our live show at Gullivers on the 9th May here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/8827/blizzard-comedy-live-featuring-edy-hurst