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Download ‘Sausage Machine’ For Free

For all sorts of very important reasons (read about them here) we are offering you the chance to download Sausage Machine for free.

Click here to download Sausage Machine for free

Tell everyone. Literally everyone. And show them this video. Cos we need to sell 100 copies of Singing Down the Government to be able to release the new album. Help us do that.

Send it viral, comrades. Send it viral.

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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).

Click on image to get all three albums for £15

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.

click on image to buy the album

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.

click on image to buy the two album package

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?

Free downloads are nice. The point however is to change.

Brothers and sisters.

The free download of Soapbox has finished. We hope you were amongst the hundreds who claimed yours before it was withdrawn. Number one in the Socialist RnB charts, they tell us. But who’s counting? Such things are bourgeois.

In the last week we’ve been played countless times on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, XfM and even BBC Radio 2. This is what’s important. The war of position involves getting in amongst ruling class culture and demonstrating that ours is better. If the BBC play us alongside Mumford & Sons, listeners get to choose whose side they’re on. You express your commitment to culture through the papers you peruse, the bands you listen to, the news you access, the nights out you go on, the books you read, the organisations you join and so on. Counter-hegemonic culture involves challenging the ideas of the ruling class (the ruling ideas, of course, in any epoch) consistently. Not just in your home or your workplace or your college, but, where possible, through national, regional or global cultural organs. That’s the only reason we go on the kind of ‘PR offensive’ we went on last week. Our messages – or, rather, the class’s messages – hit more and more ears and change more and more minds. That coincided with the TUC Conference, with, finally, a degree of justice for the 96, and with the ludicrous spectacle of the Windsors calling for the jailing of photographers and journalist cos one of them got caught with her top off on a free holiday. These are the moments when we can orchestrate huge shifts in thinking.

So, the campaign to get us all over the media continues. As we count down to A Future That Works – the TUC march on 20th October – we need to recalibrate ‘common sense’ to bring it closer and closer in line with the goal of socialism. Whether that is through intelligent writing such as today’s Owen Jones piece in the Independent, edifying, if mild, polemic from the TUC itself, protest songs from comrades like Steve White and the Protest Family, or solution songs from the likes of Thee Faction, the point is, as always, to change. That’s only going to happen if we get everyone listening, reading and talking.

For this reason, everyone needs to be exposed to the new Thee Faction album. Quickly. And those people then need to congregate in Putney on the 18th October, just as they congregated in Putney in 1647, to discuss a better future. Two days later, they need to be in Hyde Park for the rally. Our record is a tiny piece in all this. But it is a fun, useful, engaging way of getting people to listen. Honestly, if we could do something else to change minds we would do. But, as it stands, this is what we’re best at. Spread the word. Get this new album into every home, and let’s get those minds changed. Let’s have a meeting….

Mumford & Sons? Loyal to their class.

 

So, you’re a bunch of musicians. You’re getting a lot of stick from journalists and commentators of quality (Simon Price, for example). They’ve spotted that you’re the sons of the ruling class, that you were laden with privilege from birth, and that you’re part of a network of remarkably similar musicians, of remarkably similar backgrounds, who are dominating popular culture. Now, no one has to be all about where they’re from. Marx, Engels, Paul Foot, Tony Benn…even GDH Cole went to the same school as Noah and the Whale, a couple of Mumfords, and George Osborne. It’s not where you’re from. Its where you’re at. But if you’re Mumford & Sons the onus has got to be on you to demonstrate which side you’re on. Surely, at a bare minimum, you must be aware that most of the people buying your bland, meaningless, self-indulgent, therapeutic records share neither your background nor your indifference to economic affairs.   OK, you watch them on the telly playing the festivals and the front ten rows are populated by punters who look like 2014’s fresher intake at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. But they’re shifting a lot of units, those boys, and they surely feel some responsibility towards the people at the sharp end of austerity Britain who might mistakenly believe that these Mumfords offer a diversion from the crisis. They’re out there meeting people. Are they learning nothing?

‘Cos tonight (14/3/12), comrades, Mumford & Sons are playing the White House. Playing air-banjo out in that audience will be David Cameron, William Hague and George Osborne, proud to see the best of safe, white, ruling class British music on that Washington stage, comfortable that the Brit musicians on the stage will be people they’re easy in the company of, people whose dads are probably friends of theirs. Mumford & Sons playing the White House is the embodiment of the cultural logic of this Tory-led administration, and of British capitalism in general. Musicians are no longer the minstrels the ruling class hire for the occasion. These days they recruit their own. It’s safer that way. They’re part of the racket.

Now you can still choose not to be part of it. These Mumfords fancy themselves as being of the folk tradition. That which brought us Woody Guthrie, say, or Joe Hill. The folk tradition has a long, proud history of facing down power. Is that relevant today? Fucking right it’s relevant today. Just check out Grace Petrie or Steve White and the Protest Family. That’s proper folk music. Mumford & Sons are offered choices. Let’s face it, they’re offered far more choices than most musicians. And they consistently – really consistently – take the wrong ones. In the war of position they had a side chosen for them by upbringing. But they can still choose to change sides. Plenty have. Plenty do. Mumford & Sons don’t.

So tonight they play the White House. While, in July, Grace Petrie, Steve White & The Protest Family and Thee Faction will all be lining up at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. You see the difference? You see why Mumford represent everything that’s wrong?

Does it matter? A bit. But not much. Remember, when you’re looking to change the world, don’t call on rock’n’roll. Call on GDH Cole.