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‘Songs to Remind the Class of the Glorious Victory to Come, and the Work That Must Be Done To Get There’ is the new EP from Thee Faction.

Featuring a  reworking of old Thee Faction favourite ‘Customer’, with legendary punk poet Attila the Stockbroker on lead vocals, as well as a never-heard-before brand new song ‘Relentless’, sung by Judy Dyble, of Fairport Convention fame, this four-track EP is limited to 250 copies. As well as these two special-guest-sung highlights you’ll also get ‘Employment’ (from the current album Good Politics) and Thee Faction’s Christmas Song (previously masquerading as a hidden track on an old album that’s no longer available).

Have a listen to the trailer:

You really need this. There’s not going to be another opportunity to get the Attila or Judy songs. So order now.

Of course, you might want to order it as a package with the current album, Good Politics. If you do, you can have the pair for £10 (incl.P&P).

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Or, if you haven’t got Singing Down the Government either, you can get both albums and the EP for £12 (incl. P&P).

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Armistice Day Launch for Philosophy Football’s ‘Remembering 1914’ T-Shirt

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Today, on Armistice Day 2013, the comrades at Philosophy Football launch a Special Edition T-shirt for next year’s 1914 Centenary.  Designed by renowned illustrator and Philosophy Football collaborator Dan Murrell, a hauntingly simple yet incredibly powerful image to commemorate the sacrifice, appalling waste and destruction of the ‘Great War’. A silhouette of an unknown soldier, with a football instead of a rifle in hand, a single red poppy to remind us of the terrible physical and psychological damage that the ‘War to End All Wars’ resulted in. 

The soldier might be a Clydeside shipbuilder, a Dublin postal worker, a Welsh miner, an Indian farmer, a New Zealander, a Canadian, an American, an Australian, a South African, a Birmingham foundry worker, a Manchester mill hand, a Fleet Street machine minder. The place and date are unspecified. He’d sooner be playing football, away from the horror. And of course famously on Christmas Day 1914 soldiers from both sides did just that, a brief but hugely symbolic  episode of rank-and-file resistance to the juggernaut of war which left 22 million dead. He’d rather be playing football but all his mates who would play in his team would soon be be dead  at Loos, or Vimy Ridge. or the Somme, or Passchendaele. He is the Unknown Soldier, shown through a unique Philosophy Football prism.

And it is more than just a shirt. As Philosophy Football’s unique contribution to the centenary it will help fund a major event they have planned for Saturday 20 December 2014, to mark the 1914 Christmas Football Truce with a peace football tournament, music, poetry, ideas and art . An event in support of the No Glory in War 1914-18 campaign, which the shirt will be promoting too.

With respect and imagination Philosophy Football mark in a modern way via a T-shirt  the memory of World War One. The aim is to help challenge the hoopla of the fast-approaching centenary that threatens to smother us with a message of what a lovely war it was, and never mind cause, consequence or dubious purpose.

This Machine Kills Capitalism – Buy Thee Faction’s ‘Good Politics’ – the new album

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“a dose of wildly galvanising, blisteringly angry, insanely entertaining blue collar rock’n’roll….mixing the grungey pub rock power of Dr Feelgood with the bolshy brass of Dexys, virtually every track is scalp-pricklingly good…” (Mojo – 4/5)

“The pseudonymous collective purvey piledriving, brassy RnB and proletarian-rousing politics, and deliver both with unapologetic gusto, at a time when both are needed more than ever….they offer a blood transfusion to the world-weary, painfully over-sophisticated state of 21st century pop.” (Classic Rock 8/10)

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If you are desperately trying to find the soundtrack to the fightback against neo-liberalism, and this Tory-led government. If you are desperate for solution songs, not protest songs. If you’re wondering what happened to noisy soul bands with guitars and horns. If you want a brilliant album for only £7 (incl.P&P), then look no further. Thee Faction’s third studio album – Good Politics: Your Role As An Active Citizen in Civil Society – is out now. If you’re happy with the Mumford-isation of music, then this is not for you. But if you know, deep in your soul, that art is a hammer not a mirror, and if you need music free of ego and rammed full of devastating political analysis delivered with joy, hope and humour, you really need this record.

Like all those TV-advertised compilation albums in the 80s that you didn’t want, Thee Faction’s albums are not available in the shops.* Neither are they available for download. We don’t want intermediaries, and we don’t think you should have our music without the carefully considered and designed packaging that accompanies it. So you can only get it direct from us. Order right now and we’ll dispatch it within a day.

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As well as live favourites ‘Better Than Wages’, ‘It Don’t Work’, ‘Employment’ and ‘Con-Dem-Nation’, the album contains some surprise treats, including ‘What Suzy Digs’, featuring our favourite living author – Francis Wheen (biographer of Karl Marx) – on tremendous lead vocals. Richard Archer out of Hard Fi pops up on vocals as usual, of course, as well as all sorts of other special guests, including the legend that is Keith TOTP. The artwork comes, yet again, courtesy of our favourite cartoonist – the Independent’s Andy Watt.

So you’re getting a beautifully packaged album, full of special guests and socialist hits. For £7. Wherever you live. It’s £7. Including postage. We may even chuck in a badge.

Still not entirely sure? Here’s a trailer for the album to convince you:

Here’s the video to the remix of ‘Better Than Wages’ Andy Lewis (off of out of Paul Weller’s band) did for us:

Want to read the pre-release reviews in full? Here’s the Mojo one:

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and here’s the Classic Rock one:

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There’ll be more reviews now the record’s out, of course. But get in now. Get your copy. It’s the soundtrack to the class war. It’ll put a smile on your face and hope in your heart. And an analysis on your tongue. A socialist needs nothing else.

So waste no time. Buy it now:

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Come on. Help a DIY band out. You may have given up buying records. Make an exception. Cos this one’s for the Movement. Order now. £7 including P&P. Click through and order.

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*well, bar a couple of ultra-comradely ones run by people we love and trust.

Trailer for our new album: Good Politics

Press play, comrade. This is lots of good bits from the album, shoehorned into three and a half minutes.

Like what you hear? Then pre-order the album now. It’s out on July 8th, but order it now, direct from us, and we’ll make sure you get it in good time.  Seven quid, including postage. Be the first to own it.

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…and no, we can’t spell ‘exhilarating’. That’s us ballsing it up, not Comrade Wheen.

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In funeral black: a new T-shirt from Philosophy Football

 

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This one is for the miners, the steelworkers, the printers, the millions unemployed, the injustices the Hillsborough familes were forced to endure, the Poll Tax protesters, those who lost their lives on HMS Sheffield, and the Belgrano, for what? For the women of Greenham Common and the Trident missiles we didn’t want. For the NHS and the nurses, our schools and teachers, the council houses sold off, the privatisation of our public utilities, railways and buses. For our school milk. For  the reputation of St Francis of Assisi.

In remembrance of all we lost 1979-90, much of it never returned to us. A life remembered with decent human sympathy. But lifetimes remembered too, scarred by divisions we’ll never forget .

Special offer just £17.99 until the ceremonial funeral.:

Order before Friday12th and Philosophy Football will do their very best to get in time for you to wear on the day of the Funeral.

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Wear Your Colours For Emily’s Centenary

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Incoming dispatch from the comrades at Philosophy Football. Thee Faction commend this piece to you all. See that T-shirt above, and the others below?  They could be yours. Read on…
04.06.1913 
One hundred years ago the Epsom Derby was disrupted by perhaps the most famous protest at a sporting event in history.
Britain at the time was bitterly divided. The early Trade Unions and others were striking against poverty wages and appalling working conditions. The cause of Ireland’s Freedom was attracting support on both sides of the Irish Sea. And from the Suffragettes came a massive wave of non-violent direct action.
For these Suffragettes the Derby was absolutely a legitimate target for their protest. Horse-racing was the sport of the Establishment. Epsom was a day out to celebrate tradition, one that denied women the vote. The King and Queen would be in attendance to watch the their own horse race for glory.
When Emily Wilding Davison ran on to the racecourse a century ago she hoped to stop the race and ensure that women’s voices be heard.  When the horse at full speed collided with her, the chances of survival were virtually non-existent. She never regained consciousness and four days later she lost her battle to live.
Emily’s heroic, yet fatal, action formed part of a protest movement that involved many thousands more women.  From smashing every shop window in London’s West End to blowing up post boxes, via disrupting Parliament’s proceedings and heckling MPs at public meetings, this was a campaign few could ignore. So when they couldn’t ignore them, they imprisoned them, and when the demand by the women that they be treated as political prisoners was also ignored the Suffragettes responded by going on hunger strike. Again their punishment was more repression, brutalised by force-feeding. But these ferociously brave women still refused to abandon their cause.
The Suffragettes were not fighting for the vote alone, but for women’s liberation too. Most saw the vote as one step towards getting what they wanted. The Suffragette movement was large and strong, yet at the same time complex and multifaceted, combining those for whom hope lay in constitutional reform with others who believed in the vocabulary of revolution. Whatever their differing objectives, the result of the campaign was the loosening of the ideological hold of men over women. Women gained a real sense of their equality, and began to establish a determination to put it into practice. By their actions and protests , as well as their ideas and arguments, the Suffragettes liberated themselves and all their sisters too.
In 1918 the Representation of the People Act finally awarded women the vote, but only for those over 30 years  of age. In 1928, fifteen years after Emily gave her life for the cause, women’s parity in the vote was finally recognised when the voting age for women was reduced to 21 years, the same as for men.
Philosophy Football have produced a set of commemorative designs featuring the colours purple, green and white. These were hugely symbolic for the Suffragette cause. Purple was for dignity, white for purity and green for hope. Militant, committed to direct action, courageous and in the end victorious too.  Deeds not Words and Dare to be Free were the twin ideals, worn as brooches, on sashes, carried as banners, that shaped the Suffragette movement.  A century later we can wear them again, as T-shirts. All designs available from Philosophy Football.
 The shirts are in support of the  Emily Wilding Davison Centenary Campaign. Thee Faction urge you to get hold of these shirts and commemorate the struggle. There is still a long way to go.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March, can we suggest you go and see our great friends and comrades Colour Me Wednesday and The Tuts play at the Gunners Pub, N5.
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Socialist Santa Knows What Your Friends, Family & Comrades Need

We are sitting here at Thee Faction HQ with a pile of jiffy bags, badges, records and CDs, just waiting for those last minute seasonal orders to come in. It is the simplest possible way of getting your Christmas presents in. Order right now, and we’ll post them straight away. Think about how many people in your life:

1. Would love Thee Faction

2. Need to hear Thee Faction

3. Would be so affronted by Thee Faction that it’s worth seven quid just to see the look on their face

Your socialist friends need a soundtrack. Your liberal friends need their minds changing. Your conservative friends need a kick up the arse. Thee Faction records are the gift that keeps on giving, in all three of these departments. Order a big bundle of them now, and distribute them amongst everyone you know.

It’s worth remembering that we have the next record written and rehearsed. We’re booked in to record it mid-January. But we can’t get it properly recorded and mixed and pressed until we have sold a lot more of Singing Down The Government.

The deals are still on:

£7 gets you Singing Down The Government

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£10 gets you Singing Down The Government and Up The Workers:

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£15 gets you At Ebbw Vale (on vinyl and CD), Up The Workers and Singing Down The Government:

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Of course, you can still buy Up The Workers or At Ebbw Vale on their own too.

Order right now, comrades. Much depends on it. Not 100% convinced? Catch up on what the media has been saying about us.

New Mumford & Sons LP or New Thee Faction LP? A stark choice.

As you know, more and more people are labelling Thee Faction ‘The New Mumford & Sons’. The exact nature and extent of our respect for Mumford & Sons is, of course, very well documented. So you can imagine exactly how excited we are by this comparison.

This week sees the launch of the new Mumford & Sons album. To celebrate this, we offer you a choice. It is a choice as stark as the contradictions of capitalism. As opposed as the dialectic itself. As black and white as the prevailing labour relations. Your choice is: to splash your hard-earned on the new Mumford & Sons album, perhaps via a massive corporate retailer like Amazon or similar. Or to spend the cash you swapped for your labour on all three Thee Faction albums for £15with the money going straight to the band to fund further musical and political activities (if you need to try before you buy, there’s songs off all three albums here).

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Effectively this is a ‘which side are you on?’ moment. Let’s work on the assumption that everyone will buy one or the other. This doesn’t seem to be an unreasonable assumption – that last Mumford & Sons record sold an astonishing number of ‘units’. So, purchasing the Mumford & Sons record says something very specific about you and your place in the class struggle. Purchasing all three Thee Faction records for £15 says something equally clear about you and your place in the class struggle.

This will be a question that will resonate through the ages. “That week, in September 2012: did you buy the Mumford & Sons second album from a massive retailing behemoth or all three Thee Faction records for £15 direct from socialists?“. You will either inflate your chest, look your interrogator in the eye, and confidently answer ‘the latter’, or cough uncomfortably, shuffle your feet, and mumble ‘the former’. You know what you’ve got to do.

Equally, we hear Mumford & Sons will be touring on the back of this new album. Now, attending a Mumford & Sons gig is an explicitly political statement. They take you by the throat and shove class war rhetoric and tight analytical polemic down your gullet, washed down with gallons of socialist rhythm’n’blues with all its redemptive qualities and invigorating energies. No, hang on, that’s us. Mumford & Sons preen in jeans about how mean their girlfriends have been. Or have public therapeutic struggles about their faith in deities or their angst over which way to turn (continue the musical gap year, or take that job at Goldman Sachs, presumably).

Again, the choice is yours. Turn up at one of their celebrations of bourgeois liberal individualistic existential nonsense where the next generation of investment bankers and management consultants chant in unison abut their superficial concerns, or come to the DDRofRnB and get down and dirty to Socialist RnB’s finest solution songs, concerned not with moments of self-indulgent anguish, but with class-based analysis and giving history a big old kick up the arse to propel it towards the next epoch. The one that will be ours.

Up to you, of course. We won’t judge your choices. You simply choose your side, and commit. If it’s Mumford & Sons and their bankrupt aesthetic, so be it. Or if it’s Thee Faction, with our anthems of joy, hope and solutions to the current crisis, then, again, so be it. We are not placing a higher value on one or the other. Just choose your side and be done with it.

And we’ll see you on one side of the barricades or the other. You choose which. Ours or Mumford’s. All we are doing, by offering this bundle of  records and an imminent DDRofRnB, is facilitating the choice.

Our side will win, mind.

Oh, and we are, of course, aware that some of you will already have one of more of our records, and might not want to buy the three album package. We understand. So you could make a very similar statement of your position in the class struggle, and your position regarding Mumford & Sons, by choosing between Mumford & Sons new album and our new album: Singing Down the Government, or, The War of Position and How We’re Winning It.

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or, equally, if you just want the two Thee Faction studio albums: Up the Workers, or, Capitalism is Good for Corporations That’s Why You’ve Been Told Socialism is Bad All Your Life and Singing Down the Government, or, The War of Position and How We’re Winning It, then that makes an identical statement about your role in the class war and where you stand vis a vis Mumford & Sons. And we’re offering them for a bargain basement £10 for the pair.

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Everyone needs to declare his or her hand, of course. Right now. So share this information. Post it on facebook or twitter. Or on your blog. Or email your friends. You must choose, brothers and sisters, you must choose. Whether you are going to be the problem, along with Mumford & Sons. Or whether you are going to the solution. Are you ready to testify?

All three Thee Faction albums for £15

The comrades at Soviet Beret Records are down to the last few copies of At Ebbw Vale. So they have put together this ridiculous offer. It won’t be around for long, so take advantage now. All three of our albums for £15 (incl.P&P). Just to be clear, that’s:

1 x CD of Singing Down The Government, or, The War of Position And How We’re Winning It*

1 x CD of Up the Workers!, or, Capitalism is Good For Corporations That’s Why You’ve Been Told Socialism Is Bad All Your Life

1 x 12″ 33 1/3 LP (what the kids today call ‘vinyl’) of At Ebbw Vale

1 x CD of At Ebbw Vale (in case you don’t have a record player – in which case stick the LP on the wall, as it is an undeniable design classic)

and a cardboard envelope with some stamps on it. For £15.

As we said, the Trots at Soviet Beret say this probably won’t last long, as there aren’t very many At Ebbw Vales left. So order now.

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Of course, many of you will still have their original beloved bootleg cassette of At Ebbw Vale from back in 1985. If that’s the case, and you see no value in the three album package, you can get the two studio albums for a tenner. That’s £10 for two beautifully packaged CD albums.

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*Soviet Beret are anxious that we remind you that the new album isn’t officially out until 20th October. But we also understand that if you order now, it’ll be dispatched very quickly indeed. That is to say, we understand they’re not really waiting.