CZOLGOSZ: Guernica: CD

In 1937, at the height of the Spanish Civil War, Nazi forces bombed Guernica, a small Spanish town. Ostensibly, the Nazis were bombing Guernica to protect the fascist dictator, Franco, who was attempting to forcibly take control of Spain. On the day when the Nazis bombed the town, though, there were no soldiers in the town and no real military targets for them to go after. They essentially bombed a marketplace, killing more than a thousand people, mostly women and children. The whole point of the attack was to demoralize Franco’s opposition. It worked. People in Spain were very bummed out. The bombing changed the face of modern warfare. Since 1937, every military in the world that has dropped bombs has intentionally dropped bombs on civilian targets in order to demoralize their enemies. One of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings, Guernica, is a memorial to this 1937 bombing. The painting Guernica used to hang in the press room of the United Nations building as a reminder of the UN mission to stop this type of tragedy. In March of 2003, Colin Powell insisted on covering the painting up before holding a press conference at the UN, during which he announced that the US would attack Iraq. The album, Guernica, is the type of smart and angry hardcore that you would expect from a band who would name an album after these events. From the first song, “No War but the Class War” to the last song, “Antifascists,” Czolgosz wear their politics on their sleeves and rip through some pretty powerful songs in the style of Toxic Narcotic and the Pinkerton Thugs.

 –koepenick (Rodent Popsicle)