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Am I Free To Go?

by The Soft Pink Truth

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I have made this covers album of crust punk classics as a way of dealing with my own emotions about the ongoing political misery of our present capitalist life-world. Whether they are from Sweden or Japan or the UK or the USA, I find these songs and the artists that sang them inspiring: they are direct, angry and demanding. I don't cover them out of mockery or satire. I love these songs and wanted to play them and play with them. It's as simple as that.

I have made it a "name your price" album and all profits after paying out due/requested royalties from the original artists will go to the International Anti-Fascist Legal Defence Fund, which assists people all around the world with the legal repercussions of protesting fascism.

I have made three covers albums now. Each is different but they all come from a place where fandom and critique fight it out. I will admit to nostalgia, but I have tried to shift these songs from their original moment to the present circumstances: Trump and Amazon and murderous racist policing and imminent climate apocalypse and pandemic.

Thanks are due to Owen Gardner for transcribing the riffs, which let me preserve the structure. I have not altered any lyrics. Thanks to Ryu Takahashi for help translating the lyrics of "Hellish View." Thanks above all to the original artists who wrote these songs, and thanks to my singers and vocalists: Hiko, NTsKi, Karl Ekdahl, Griffin Pyn, In the Sun, M.C. Schmidt and Angel Deradoorian. I am also deeply grateful to the people whose protests and public actions I have sampled on this record.

This record was originally going to be called "Do You Really Want Your Freedom?" and was going to have a cover of "No Gods, No Masters" by Amebix; I made that cover with a vocal by Vicki Bennett. While working on the album Rob "the Baron" Miller made statements that made his endorsement of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial unambiguous, so that track has been replaced with a new one. Fuck Nazis.

I created this album about a year ago. It was made at the same time as "Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?" and in my mind these crust covers are a "prequel" to that record. The end of "Protest and Survive" is meant to be an onramp to the other album which is its opposite and complement. Thank you for listening.

Drew Daniel

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released May 27, 2020

Intro speaking on “Hellish View” by Hiko
Outro voice on “Hellish View” by NTsKi
Lead vocals on “Multinationella Mördare” and “Profithysteri” by Karl Ekdahl
Spoken vocals on “Respect the Earth” by M.C. Schmidt
Lead vocals on “Cybergod” by Griffin Pyn
Chant vox on “Death Earth” by In The Sun
Singing on “Death Earth” and “Protest and Survive” by Angel Deradoorian
Mastered by Jeff Carey
Cover Collage: Drew Daniel
Graphic Design: M.C. Schmidt
File Processing Assistance: John Wiese
Video for "Multinationella Mördare" by Kevin Blackistone

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The Soft Pink Truth Baltimore, Maryland

The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos.

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