Bridges Left Burning - Bystanders
Listening to Bystanders, the sophomore release from BRIDGES LEFT BURNING, prepare to be surprised. Musically, this is a highly successful blend of modern harcore and old school sounds, bound by powerful melodies, infused with a sense of urgency and filled with passion. Imagine VERSE and JUST WENT BLACK rolled into one. Wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Bystanders is fiercely political. Favoring literate and intelligent lyrics over sloganeering, these guys make it abundantly clear that this is more than music. Covering topics like human rights and the plight of refugees, personal responsibility and the consequences of capitalism unbound, there's anger and rage aplenty. But this isn't a resigned acceptance of the status quo. It's a wake-up call to action, fueled by the unwavering belief in the power (of people) to change and transform themselves and others. Refuse. Revolt. Resist. Bystanders features guest vocals from Greg Bennick (Trial) and is available on colored vinyl, housed in thick cardstock covers. To accomodate the lyrics and ideas explored, this LP includes a 28-page booklet with lyrics, essays and recommendations for further reading.