PROLETARIAT, THE: Indifference: LP

Jul 21, 2023

The Proletariat was an anomaly in Boston’s early hardcore scene. Their notable contributions to This Is Boston, Not L.A. sounded way different than the rest of their cohort, all jagged angles and shouted slogans like Gang Of Four. Sadly, their recorded output doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Their second, and final, LP Indifference was originally released on Homestead back in the ’80s, an evolution of their early sound focused more on layered guitars à la Mission Of Burma but with all the urgency, sonically and lyrically. By the time Indifference came out, the band was in flux, with singer Richard Brown leaving the band, replaced vocally by Laurel Ann Bowman. Her two songs here sound fantastic, like a more agitprop Siouxsie Sioux. The Proletariat are still sadly underrated—but hopefully this Restless Empire reissue gets people talking and listening again. –Michael T. Fournier (Restless Empire)

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