Imagine a dusty old library with floor to ceiling Walnut bookshelves spanning as far as the eye can see. Dimly lit table lamps illuminate the faded words on ancient pages of lesson after lesson of human existence. It’s not your average setting for a rock band, but it’s what comes to mind when I think of The United Sons of Toil.
If your favorite history professors from college were into noise rock, they would be into The United Sons of Toil. With songs like “Alcoholism in the Former Soviet Republics”, “The Forced March of Manifest Destiny”, and “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”, these are not your average rockers. USoT’s music is hard, and often brutal, like the subjects they choose to write about. For fans of the Touch and Go, AmRep, and Dischord record labels, you will at home listening to this band.
The band’s latest release, When The Revolution Comes, Everything Will Be Beautiful, is available in digital form (name your price), compact disc ($8), and for a lucky few, on translucent red vinyl ($10 – At the time of posting this article, there were only 35 still available).