TRACK REVIEW: Polyfillas – 15 Minutes Of Shame | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Exhibit A: “They tried to make me a part of the system, they tried to break up the band.”

Exhibit B: “Too many right-wing politicians in England, to take my freedoms away.”

Statement of Truth: Sunderland duo Polyfillas mix lyrically clever political wordplay and deftly satirical protest tropes with a sparse but melodic musical backing, which includes an odd aural illusion that left this listener scratching his head for a subtle lead guitar before realising it was there all along.

Taking their cues from the likes of Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Chumbawamba, The Private Sector and every acoustic punk act in between, 15 Minutes of Shame is oddly uplifting largely due to its major chord progression, and like all good protest songs it is defiant in the face of everything else being completely shit.

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