francis wheen

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

btn_buynowcc_lg (1)


btn_buynowcc_lg (1)

“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)

btn_buynowcc_lg (1)

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.

btn_buynowcc_lg (1)


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:

photo (15)

and here’s the Classic Rock one:

classic rock review

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:

btn_buynowcc_lg (1)



btn_buynowcc_lg (1)

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.

btn_buynowcc_lg (1)

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

The Gig of 2012 – 12/12/12 Buffalo Bar, London


On Wednesday 12th December you have the opportunity to attend the gig of 2012. Something pretty spectacular will need to happen in the last few days of the year if this one is to be beaten. We’ll talk you through it.

First up, Eight Rounds Rapid. Essex’s finest. We predict this will be the last time you see them play bottom of the bill anywhere. Indeed, we suspect the next time you see them it’ll be somewhere much bigger, and they’ll be top of the bill. We played with them on their home turf, in Southend, and they were phenomenal. Best young band in Britain. Think ATV/Gang of Four/World Domination Enterprises/Future of the Left/Dr Feelgood/ John Cooper Clarke. But ploughing their own furrow in the finest way. Here’s their latest:

Then it’s a gang of our very favourite comrades (individually), grouped together as one of the world’s most comradely bands. Steve White and the Protest Family. At the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival earlier this year, everywhere you looked they were playing. And they were always epic. If you’ve never seen them you will love them. If you have seen them you already love them. Here’s one of theirs:

In between the Protest Family and Thee Faction comes what could be the high point of the evening. It’s certainly the bit that is most intriguing those who are coming. One of Thee Faction’s very favourite writers and comrades, Francis Wheen, is going to say a few words. You know him, of course, from Radio 4’s The News Quiz, from Private Eye, from the odd appearance on Have I Got News For You…but mainly you know him from his books. He brought Marx to life in his 1999 biography of the great man, for example. Thee Faction devour everything he writes. So it’ll be ‘best of order’ for a few minutes while he addresses the hordes. He may even throw in some vocals on a couple of Thee Faction songs….

Then we’re on. It’s our last show of an incredible year. We’ve played with some amazing bands this year (Franz Nikolay, Attila The Stockbroker, Laetitia Sadier, The Tuts, Joanne Joanne….). We’ve played some fantastic events (Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Marxism 2012, Communist University of Wales, the DDRofRnB…). We’ve put out the best Socialist RnB album of the year. But we’ve already got half an eye on 2013. Indeed, we’ll be straight into the studio in January to record the next album. So at the Buffalo Bar gig there’ll be some old favourites, some carefully chosen prime cuts from the current album, and a handful of corkers off the next one. Plus we’re polishing our polemic…..Less rock more talk….

So you’re going to be getting your fiver’s worth. Or six quid’s worth if you pay on the door. But we recommend booking tickets in advance. More efficient.

Doors open at 20.00. Get there early. Miss nothing. And wear your best clothes. You owe it to the movement.

Undecided? Commit to a night of Socialist RnB.

So, you’re umm-ing and ah-ing about whether to come to the DDRofRnB on Thursday 7th June. We’ve done the check-list for you, and it turns out you’re the perfect contributor:

Left wing? Tick.

Like dancing? Tick

Like rock’n’roll, soul and RnB? Tick

Like guitar bands with horns and organs? Tick

Like amusing but hard hitting socialist polemic? Tick

Like your socialism to be able to laugh at itself and its enemies? Tick

Like a brand of politics full of joy, hope and giggles? Tick

Like surprise special guests from the worlds of rap and comedy? Tick

Like being in on lovely people’s birthdays? Tick

Like support bands with songs called ‘Purge Your Inner Tory’? Tick

Like drinks and Northern Soul 45s and dressing up in your best clothes, just as the bands will be? Tick

But still you’re undecided. You recognise that £8 is fantastic value for money. You know that Putney is London’s most revolutionary suburb, and the Half Moon its most RnB venue (we put this one to bed a couple of years back, didn’t we?). You know that Thursdays are the perfect night for this sort of thing. Surely you’re edging closer and closer to booking those tickets.

We think you should come. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what lots of people, who have assumed the role of opinion formers in this counter-hegemonic war of position, have said about us and our records:

“Terrific stuff. Well done! Here, we celebrate the successes of the working class” Danny Baker, broadcaster

“Comrade Post has delivered Comrade Parcel, and what a package it is: I could hear the records thumping their tiny clenched fists against the wrapping, demanding immediate liberation from the chains of mail so they could sing freely of Marx, Cole (Not Dole) and other champions of the struggle. Many, many thanks to Babyface and his comrades for such an energising blast.” Francis Wheen of Private Eye, Radio 4’s The News Quiz and biographer of Marx

“..barricade storming, smart, fun, instantly energising” Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror (Up The Workers number 17 in the Daily Mirror ‘Albums of 2011’)

“Actual full-on revolutionary socialist R&B – imagine Dr Feelgood with a brainful of Gramsci or The Redskins with a sense of humour (it is possible, really). Positing that the indie landfill cannot be changed but must be destroyed, Thee Faction launch a critique of societal hegemony on the back of a BIG grimy blues’n’b twang. Excellent.” Andrew Harrison, The Word Magazine

“Thee Faction’s mission is to restore to pop the Socialist polemic of the 80s..and not to rest until the last member of Mumford & Sons is strangled with the entrails of Coldplay’s drummer..with the musical weapons of pub-rock, skinny R’n’B & clipped brass..the titles & the sleeve suggest they’re ruefully aware of the aesthetic difficulties of agit-pop; but their tongues are only partly in cheek. 100% fun AND they 100% mean it, man. Catch live!” David Stubbs, Classic Rock

“What fresh hell is this?” Nick Cohen, Observer columnist and author

“Socialist goodies – I love this band” Josie Long, BBC 6 Music Saturday Morning Show/Award winning comic

“As likely to provoke a knees up as a revolution” Drowned in Sound

“..bringing down the Tories one song at a time” The Guardian

“Timely. I love these mad bastards” Simon Price, The Independent on Sunday

“..a gloriously exuberant blend of storming R’n’B feeding on punk and soul energy. Add to the mix a Marxist musical manifesto that pulls no punches..and you’ve a formula that acknowledges the past but helps take us into a glorious future.” Rock ‘N’ Reel Magazine

“To bring a bit of revolution to the evolution of rock music, you can either, push the sonic manifesto to the limit and cultivate a strange branch of the family tree from that experimental seed. Or, by marrying an original lyrical idea with a traditional riff, turn an established form into something nouveaux. The latter is the strategy of Thee Faction and it works, if only because it takes a certain determined, and clearly collective, genius, to extract Marxist theory from dusty tomes and weld it to soul/blue collar rock n’ roll, to give birth to Socialism Rhythm & Blues..”  Louder than War

“Beats to burn bankers by.” Nicky Tesco, The Members

“Tough!” John Robb, The Membranes/Goldblade

“Invigorating Rock ‘n’ Roll and nasty R’n’B … Billy Bragg and Wilko Johnson having a pint with Arthur Scargill in the wooden snug of a flat cap pub” Is This Music?

“Twinning Dr Feelgood and eastern-bloc rockin’ beats … to rabble-rouse your mind and Agit-prop your pop” Vive Le Rock

“…gig of the year, comrades!” Richard Archer, Hard-Fi

“Guthrie and Seeger, Lennon and Baez, Dylan and Crass changed views through song. Thee Faction do just that through sheer force of joy de vivre…Thee Faction are a lesson – an independent spirit [who] own their means of production….they rock to share an interpretation of the world…real alternative music that sings, “Capitalism is good for corporations; that’s why you’ve been told socialism is bad all your life.” Huffington Post

Great. So it’s decided. You’re coming. After all, you’re bored of protest songs. You want solution songs. There’ll be a whole night of them at the Half Moon on June 7th.

See you there, comrade. We can’t wait. And it’s Billy Brentford’s non-bourgeois birthday. The best present you can give him is an audience. He loves an audience.