“What’s left of old Barnsley seems to have disappeared pretty quickly.” This extract from the opening of The Hurriers’ debut album, From Acorns Mighty Oaks, is a clear distillation of the band’s anti-Tory political stance. Describing themselves as “a proper Socialist punk band”, the Yorkshire-based group have managed to created a politically charged record that also demonstrates a fine ability to produce music that speaks as much volume as the lyrics.
Opening track ‘Spectemur Agendo’ sets the tone of rebellion in the face of adversity, as heavy, hi-fi backing of guitars illuminates a gloomy, dark and honest speech on the area of Barnsley and the problems it faces. As an introduction it seems designed to capture the listener’s attention and draw battle lines on the subjects explored throughout the album. ‘Faith To Fight’ examines the privatisation of the NHS, and wear a strong rockabilly/ska influence, with a more uplifting tone and powerful vocal: “For you to get the care you need, you’ll simply have to pay.”
While many of the band’s lyrics articulate a sense of rage and frustration at our present government, they also take aim at those with discriminating views and a delusional sense of patriotism (yes, that’s you Britain First). The Hurriers have created an intriguing and captivating record with From Acorns Mighty Oaks. Whether you’re from Yorkshire or not, or indeed into ‘political’ music, this collection of feverish songs has potential to stick in your head long after you’ve finished listening and is deserves your attention.