German hardcore quintet GIVER have streamed their new single ‘Order From Above’, written in protest of police brutality and racism, and released in time for Bandcamp’s ‘no-fee’ day.
All proceeds will be donated to ISD (Initiative of Black People in Germany): http://isdonline.de/
Stream ‘Order From Above’ here: https://giverhc.bandcamp.com/track/order-from-above
The band comment: “Peace is equality, not an order from above. ‘Order From Above’ was recorded during the Sculpture Of Violence session last year. It is a song about police brutality and the racism that still dwells within the powers that enforce the laws of our society. While writing, we were thinking of far-right German terrorist group The NSU-Complex and the entanglement of the German police within it, a case still unsolved. We kept the song until a time where it made more sense to release it, and feel that time is now. Even though we are five white dudes who can’t imagine what racism feels like, we stand in deep solidarity with the protest in the USA–no matter what form they may take for that is not ours to judge. Download it on Bandcamp, who are waving their fees again today. 100% of the money raised will be donated to the ISD (Initiative of Black People in Germany): http://isdonline.de/“
Such a forthright political and moral stance is typical of GIVER, a band whose LP Sculpture of Violence railed exploitative labour, the dissonance of religious discord and ill-conceived concepts of masculinity in the current climate to catastrophic effect. The album, whilst bleak, maintained a youthful vibrancy which truly aims to deliver change on a personal and much broader level.
1. Night Season
2. Sculpture Of Violence
3. Every Age Has Its Dragons (Like An Empire)
4. The Same Stream
5. New Gods
6. Evil Is
7. These Words Are Rain
8. Imitation Dreams
9. Longing For Death
10. Built In The Difference
GIVER‘s Sculpture Of Violence leans into fresh and melodious territory, reminiscent of early 00’s hardcore birthed with the likes of Bridge Nine Records and Deathwish Inc., including Blacklisted, Have Heart and Modern Life Is War.
The German band have expanded upon their foundation of caustic and high tempo metal-tinged hardcore which won them acclaim with debut full-length Where The Cycle Breaks (January 2018). With new record, Sculpture Of Violence, GIVER demonstrate a dogged urgency and a self-assured versatility, a worthy addition to the modern international hardcore scene’s bent of great melodic albums.
In the band’s own words: “The central question behind Sculpture Of Violence really is whether there can ever be peace. Since men started settling during the neolithic revolution 10,000 years ago, the amount of years of recorded peace is disturbingly negligible. The record explores different ways and structures in which we form each other through the collective We that is society, which is us and not anybody else and which brings us up against one another and constantly focus on our differences… With the climate catastrophe approaching, the far right growing stronger everyday and the market economy reaching into even the furthest corners of our lives, the time to remain silent is simply over.”