Reigate’s Socialist r’n’b revolutionaries Thee Faction introduce their debut studio album on the Soviet Beret label. Up The Workers! follows on from the limited release of their debut live exposition ….At Ebbw Vale.
Allegedly lost somewhere behind the Iron Curtain since 1985, like Dr Feelgood before them, burning a hole in a 70s scene bloated to exhaustion by the pomposity of prog and paving the way for punk, Thee Faction come hurtling pell-mell into a 21st Century musical climate ripened for agitation by economic gloom and crushing banality.
Recorded with renowned producer and engineer Ian Shaw, Up the Workers! comprises eleven tracks of rattling r’n’b proselytising and anthemic soul banner-raisers. Songs such as ‘Deft Left’, ‘Join The Party’ and ‘Capitalism Is Good For Corporations; That’s Why You’ve Been Told Socialism Is Bad All Your Life’ have already drawn a number of early devotees to the cause, including Nicky Wire, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, comedian Josie Long and Whitbread Prizewinner, Patrick Neate.
Having already established a bolthole with their regular DDR of R’n’B events at The Half Moon in Putney, the band is planning a series revolutionary activities throughout the Autumn. However, in the meantime you can catch them at…
13 Aug... Mods Against The Cuts, Blow Up Club, 4 Denmark St London W1
1 Sep…. Uncle Bob’s Wedding Reception, Upstairs at The Garage, London N5
“Bringing down the Tories one song at a time” The Guardian
“Timely. I love these mad bastards” Simon Price, The Independent on Sunday
“What a cracking record” Paul Brannigan, Kerrang!
“I have always been particularly fond of this lot” Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
“Dr Feelgood meets Citizen Smith” BBC Sussex