What is a Bhutto? And who are the Dead Bhuttos?
The first question I can’t answer, but the second one is easier: the Dead Bhuttos are a hardcore band from Pakistan.
Actually Bhutto was the president of Pakistan in the early 70s and was executed in 1979. The band name is a very obvious homage to the legendary Dead Kennedys.
Democracy is the Best Revenge is a 3-track EP which weighs in at just over 5 minutes.
Hailing from Pakistan is a good thing for a hardcore band. Military regimes and general feelings of downtroddenness by figures of authority is fairly angst-fuelling and is the ideal catalyst for shouty, political hardcore.
So now to business.
Without totally dissecting this release, I’ll tell you this much: it’s fucking awesome. This is hardcore as it’s meant to sound, it’s fast and aggressive with breakdowns, shouty vocals, loud guitars and blasting drums. If there was a hardcore rulebook, then the Dead Bhuttos have read it over and over until their copy is all dog-eared.
And I’m not going to waste anyone’s time comparing Dead Bhuttos to a myriad of other hardcore bands. All I’ll say is if you like hardcore in any way then this is something you absolutely have to listen to.
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DEMOCRACY IS THE BEST REVENGE EP INFO
1. Pakistan Ka Matlab Kya?
2. Democracy is the Best Revenge
3. Taqwacore Ko Miss Karao!
31st January 2017
(depending on format)
Psychotic Break/ Tempang and Azadghei – cassette
Slapbet – vinyl
Incanned – CD