‘Meat Week’ is the latest release from Broken Baby, and was released on April 19. It’s a punk-infused, politically charged track, inspired by the not so pure past of recent addition to the US Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
The song is raw and confronting, and that’s just the vocals; there’s an accompanying video directed by long-time collaborator and Emmy winner, Tony Diaz, which is equally hard-going, but it gets the job done: Broken Baby make no excuses for their music, and nor should they. It’s female-led power punk in the style of Nina Hagen, early Blondie, and a whole lot of Hole.
There’s a certain Ramones aspect to the fast paced instrumentation, while the interjecting backing vocals remind us of The Jam.
In your face, lead singer Amber Bollinger spitting angrily, they’re attacking face on the appalling state of US politics and law, and the people in power in that country. This is yet another way that Broken Baby carry on the fine tradition of punk bands taking a political stance and challenging the norms and accepted ideals.
Drummer Brian Griffin pounds hard and fast, while bass player Adam Popick, and guitarist/co-writer Alex Dezen shred like there’s no tomorrow, the music frenetic and yet completely in control.
Lyrically, it’s a searing and stunning takedown – addressed with humour and wit – of the rising horror of rampant misogyny, sexism, and downright right-wing fanaticism so prevalent in, not just US politics, but the political systems all over the world.
Broken Baby plan on releasing more singles throughout 2019, so are definitely a band to look out for.
Find Broken Baby online on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also watch other of Tony Diaz’s videos on his YouTube channel. ‘Meat Week’ is out now and is released through Palo Santo Records. You can stream and download ‘Meat Week’ from Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and Spotify.