Abolitionist - Ugly Feeling LP - Purple Vinyl (/269)
1859 Records/No Time Records/Between The Days/Different Kitchen (2019)
I have a lot of Abolitionist records. They just keep coming and coming and this is the 5th full length album of theirs entering my collection. Luckily, they are pretty consistent with their records and all of them harness an incredible amount of fire and fury.
If anything, Ugly Feeling might be the harshest of the bunch. These dudes are pissed and have been getting more and more pissed off as the years go by. Watching the news for thirty seconds, I can't imagine why that would be. Things seem so stable and normal... I think that this album probably has the least amount of obviously catchy songs on it. They definitely veer towards harshness and less toward the pop hook.
That said, there is definitely a subtle catchiness baked into the album, but it's much more subtle than some of their past records. Abolitionist is a band that I always thought seemed like would have fit right in on an early 2000s No Idea. There's an inherent gruffness in everything they do and you can tell they are extremely passionate about the message they are trying to get out into the world.
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