Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Pankhurst release electrifying new single 'No One Wanna Read Tolstoj'

Activist punk-rock band Pankhurst release their new single ‘No One Wanna Read Tolstoj’, and it’s electrifying.  

Hailing from Washington DC, the anti-war band are very vocal about their political beliefs, and use their music as a form of expression - regularly sharing their beliefs on social media, letting everyone know what causes need assistance and what they advocate. 

They debuted their first EP, ‘THE VOTE’ in 2019 and are now following with their sophomore album ‘ON THE BORDER’. 


Pankhurst embodies the same attitude and determination that opposes imperialism, oppression, weapon proliferation, and exploitation. Named after Emmeline Pankhurst, the founder of the Women's Social and Political Union, best remembered for the suffragette movement. 


Pankhurst has made the decision to obscure their faces, stating that it’s in favour of allowing people to focus on their music and the message they are conveying through it. In addition, they disclose only the most basic information about themselves. Instead, they opt to convey their political views and let people build their own impressions of them based on their music.  


‘No One Wanna Read Tolstoj’ is thrilling, full of unapologetic punk intensity. With a powerful rhythm and brilliant brass accents. Hard hitting lyrics help convey the energy in the tune. “Wow ain’t you ready and even you/ Do you wanna warn you fool.” 


The lyrics are sung with purpose and enthusiasm, conveying the band's narrative. “But Here No-One Wanna Read Tolstoj/ And I think she’s gonna hear a main OJ band” 


In an interview with BuzzMusic, they revealed that the song was inspired by Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The book was a declaration of love for peace against war, and they wanted to recreate that musically. “So when we say No One Wanna Read Tolstoy, we are saying that no one is interested in peace anymore.”. 


The song is symbolic, speaking about how no one wants to focus on peace but rather on spreading conflict - reinforcing their anti-war message while also advancing the modern punk movement. 


Punkhurst manages to merge old and new, drawing inspiration from 70s rock bands such as The Clash, and the track is reminiscent of The Libertines unique sound. 


Pankhurst's agenda is to bring back traditional punk values to their music. 



Lilly Hilton 


Image: 'ON THE BORDER' Official Artwork


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