Regime is an up and coming Welsh band located in Bristol. The 5 man brand specializes in a unique combination of hip-hop with undertones of dancehall. Reggae and rock. It consistently tackles sensitive political themes, often using song to raise awareness to different social problems. Its unique message-filled songs make it an uplifting yet fun band to listen to. Being relatively new, the band has released two albums, push and 3db, that are already very popular. They are available on the band’s site as well as on iTunes, Deezer, and Spotify. Despite being new the band has garnered a following of more than 5000 people on Facebook and has even featured on BBC sounds. This article will shed more light into the two albums, highlighting the best songs from each.
Push was the band’s first album and was released in 2015. The album has 9 songs, each dealing with a specific socio-political issue. Indeed, even the album’s cover has a political message. Featuring a generic looking man with his hand stretched out, dangling a puppet on strings, the album’s artwork evokes feelings that governments are becoming increasingly controlling in their citizens lives. Below are two of the greatest tracks in this album:
This song deals with the politics of war. Its message is simple, that for as long as there is profit in war, the world will never know peace. In the song uses the Queen of England as a metaphor representing British leaders that champion policies allowing the sale of war machinery for profit. The song begins by declaring that the queen is a gunslinger and a gun seller. By cleverly twisting the patriotic expression “God save the queen” to “God save us from the queen,” the band manages to highlight the fact that at times, leaders who advocate for peace and democracy speak from both ends of their mouths by condoning acts such as arms selling. Though dealing with a sensitive issue, the song still manages some humor. One such instance is when it uses wordplay by saying that although the Queen may indeed be a Queen, she is also a killer bee. This song is a must listen!
The title says it all. The song, an extended metaphor inspired by George Orwell’s book with the same time is a cautionary message warning people to be aware that the state is increasingly intruding on people’s privacy. In the songs music video recorded live at factory studios, the song praises whistleblowers such Edward Snowden, who rose up against excessive surveillance by state intelligence agencies. In keeping with their tendency to soften their messages using humor, the band humorously admonishes people not to confuse the Big Brother being referred to in the song with the reality tv program that goes by the same name. A cry against the unnecessary intrusion of the right to privacy, this song is deep.
The album 3Db was released in 2017 as the band’s second installation. It has 10 songs. Although all of them are amazing, below are some that stand out.
The song begins with the sound of birds chapping, evoking a feeling of dawn break. This artistic expression goes perfectly with the theme of the song for it deals with the fact that some jobs require working for long hours. It acknowledges the easily forgotten, overlooked and under-appreciated jobs such as mining, plumbing and raising children, and thanks the job doers. This song is a great addition to the album.
The Big Brother extended metaphor started in the first album is continued in this song. The song begins with an aggressive almost heavy metal like a tune. When the lead singer comes onto the scene, he laments that Big Brother is a bully and a thief. He continues to lament on governments poor consumer prices policies and the consumerist, capitalistic system in general. This song is short and straight to the point just like its message. An amazing quality about this song is the manner in which the band manages to create a unified sound out of 3 unusual genres. The tune combines heavy metal, hip hop and reggae undertones together, perfectly. The band’s artistic rigor is really evident in this song.