A Season of Songs is a type of Fun-A-Day project that I plan to do throughout this spring. I’ll hit shuffle on the ol’ iPod and see what comes up. I’ll then write a bit about that song, the band, the record, whatever. Enjoy!
Today we’re talking about the song “Danger” by The Strike, from their 1996 album “A Conscience Left To Struggle With Pockets Full Of Rust”.
I believe I first became aware of this band through Eric the Red. He put “Kicking Ass” on a mixtape he made me, a catchy little song about a woman “kicking ass for the working class”, getting all the workers to sign up for the union. It was abundantly clear why this band spoke to Eric.
Hailing from Minneapolis, you can definitely see the parallels with their local counterparts Dillinger Four (whom they would put out a split 7″ with around the same time as this album). A definite pop punk vibe but not a cookie-cutter pop punk feel. In a lot of reviews of these guys you’ll see references to The Clash, The Jam, etc, which you can definitely see but it’s not very overt. When playing the song this morning Emma said it reminded her somewhat of Superchunk and Jawbreaker. I guess what this all points to is if you like pop-infused punk with smart lyrics, these guys definitely fall into that category.
The “A Conscience Left…” LP is overall a pretty solid album. It never quite rises to the level of the Dillinger Four records of this era, but it’s a good listen. The cover art is really great stripped down simple design. My copy of the LP doesn’t have a lyric sheet/insert, which I’m not sure if it’s just missing or what — seems like a commie band would put some type of leaflet in there, but maybe not.
The band would eventually move to Chicago and then put out a follow-up album on Victory Records which just seemed like a really weird place for them. I never listened to that album but just hunted down this song on Youtube and it sounds like they continued down the same path (but added some horns this time around). Maybe a little overly polished but not bad.