If what came before Make War was called Sad and French, then what followed that somber moniker is Angry and American. What began as the acoustic solo project of guitarist/vocalist Jose Prieto has now blossomed into a three-piece whose straightforward punk rock shoots far past the searching, folk-tinged arrangements of the band’s early exoskeleton. Now resurrected as Make War, this Brooklyn battalion sets their crosshairs on oft-targeted subjects with a polished sound covering a tarnished backbone. Their debut LP beefs up every track from the Sad & French sessions with unabashed, snarling energy.
“Just Listen to the Songs” is a new addition to the running order, surging desperate force through a winded vocal delivery like a rocket. Prieto alternates between elevation and exasperation, letting his voice cruise and corrode in front of a backing band, which also blends together roughness and the radio-ready. It’s a plea with its recipient left unknown. However, its anonymity shows off the track’s widespread appeal — and hidden aplomb. Prieto & Co. are ready to do battle, and with such a refocused, modern approach in their gameplan, victory is in the cards.
“Just Listen to the Songs” is a featured track on Make War’s self-titled LP, which is now available for pre-order via Black Numbers. The release is limited to 500 copies and is purchasable on red with black smoke (limited to 200 copies) and grey vinyl (limited to 300 copies). A test press pack, which includes both variants and a test press (limited to 30 copies), is also available.
Make War will be released in the fall.