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Album Review: Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life by Bob Vylan
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Racial inequality, class constructs and its links to poverty, the Tories, the Monarchy, police brutality, and what proved to be a little too real for some involved, the music industry - an industry which found their lyrics to be too confrontational prior to the resurgence of the BLM movement post George Floyd. With doors slammed in their face, they operate from within in a purely independent, self-sufficient way. The time since that previous LP has seen their stock rise as they teased this album, and support slots with the likes of Biffy Clyro and The Offspring which have helped them climb the ladder, still underground, and more importantly, still real.
Bob Vylan always jump in two feet first; never ones to sugar-coat their words, the punk duo have a track-record of releasing venom-injected reality checks. Their debut EP 'We Live Here' saw the punks dive beyond the British façade of 'Greatness', their intimate accounts of day-to-day racism, class conflict and oppression cutting, honest and vital. Their new album manages to go a step further - rather than focusing on introspective reflection, the scope is wider, reflecting on Britain as a whole.