We are very excited to share this fundraising compilation we are part of with such fantastic musicians as The Burning Hell, Skye Wallace, Friday Empire and others.
100% of proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Toronto Prisoners' Rights Project. The money supports their efforts to provide grants to prisoners and ex-prisoners to help with various needs. The state of our criminal justice system is embarrassing and we firmly believe that prisoners deserve human rights. They currently have over $250000 worth of requests. Check out and download Musicians For Mutual Aid.
The Catastrophe is our latest single. This song was produced by Mat Leppanen at Animal Farm studios in London, England. The song's powerful chorus is a rally call for action against the impending climate catastrophe. Songwriter and singer, Peter Snow, calls the song "a damn pop hit about the death of our planet." As a B-side the band reimagined Radiohead's The National Anthem by including sounds related to the COVID-19 epidemic.
"Moody, passionate and elegant indie-rock anthem. It is burning with passion and desire as the rhythm gyrates and swells beneath the layers of burning guitars and harmonies and passionate vocals - it is emotionally charged and electric.
There are great moments on The Price of Vigilance. The production and performances often got me excited. I look forward to hearing what The Soviet Influence does on future releases.
"I hear something Thom Yorke-ish mixed with elements of...I'm not sure. Gord Gano's vocals from The Violent Femmes? Good spooky stuff, to be sure."
"Oh Not Tonight" has some New-Wave nods, Post-Punk elements with gritty and politicly charged lyrics. There's nostalgia in abundance here buried within the cut, with elements you'd expect to hear from the 'Golden Age of Grunge' such as crunchy guitars you'd hear in a Nirvana cut, you've also got Peter's distinctive and haunting vocals, with a solid driving backline ensuring that the track never drops below thrilling.
It's All Indie
You're taken on quite the journey while listening to "Socialism: An Introduction", all while being handed impressive vocal and instrumental work, unique transitions, and on point production. Our personal favorite from the album "Oh Not Tonight" is a great summary of the power this band yields. Not only is this a representation of Indie Rock at its finest, it's also a track that shows off the singers vocal skills - reminiscent of Matt Bellamy or even Anthony Green.
THE SOVIET INFLUENCE PACKS AN ENRAPTURING ROCK EXPERIENCE
"'Rust' has a lulling earwormy quality that gets to you on repeated listenings, also carried by a nice acoustic guitar, a remote but lovely lead guitar line, and affectingly intimate vocals."
"Guitars expand from bare rhythm accompaniments to twangy, melodic leads, as the emotive vocal presence revs up. The vocal presence throughout reminds fondly of Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield. A slick guitar solo approaching the two-minute mark also adds effectively to the song’s tone and allure."
This politically charged alt-rock group describe their sound as "death-consciousness".
As part of our ongoing mission to be socially involved, The Soviet Influence is excited to be part of the Musicians for Mutual Aid Compilation in support of the Toronto Prisoners' Rights Project. The record features new music from the band along with tracks from Skye Wallace, The Burning Hell, Sean Bertram, Friday Empire, Davita Guslits, Joni Void + Jerry Quickley, and Kayla Hagerty.
The album will be available on August 7, 2021. There will also be a special streaming launch featuring performances by The Soviet Influence, Friday Empire, Joni Void, and Skye Wallace.
The Toronto Prisoners' Rights project is "a volunteer organization of former prisoners, people with loved ones inside, activists, front-line workers, artists, researchers, educators and students. We engage in direct action, public education, and mutual aid to shed light on the harms caused by incarceration and connect prisoners with social, financial, legal and health supports. We are committed to abolition and building sustainable communities rooted in community care, transformative justice, and accountability."