The 1865 releasing ‘Don’t Tread On We!’ (watch the “Buckshot” video)
The 1865 are a new-ish Brooklyn punk band, founded by Sacha Jenkins (who, among many other things, is also in the bands The White Mandingos and The Wilding Incident, and directed the new Wu-Tang docu-series coming to Showtime), and fronted by the powerful pipes of Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman. Their band name comes from the fact that they write their music from the perspective of a person living in 1865 America, post the Emancipation. It makes for strong, impactful music that reminds you of America's dark past, but also reminds you that the effects of slavery are still felt today. "[It] was a great way to create contemporary music that spoke to the past, but also spoke to the same things that continue to happen over and over again in our country," Sacha Jenkins said.
The band self-describe their sound as "Bad Brains meets Foo Fighters in a black woman’s hair salon for a cup of tea," and that should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Their new album Don't Tread on We! comes out Friday (1/25) via Mass Appeal Records, and it's got 13 tracks of real-deal punk rippers. No bullshit or added frills or anything, just raw, driving guitars, sneering vocals, and exactly the kind of powerful message you want from punk rock. Ahead of its release, we've got the premiere of the video for one of those songs, "Buckshot." Here's what the band tells us about it:
Our video is a window into the way the black mind has been conditioned function inside of the purple mountain majestics and metro areas we call home. Yo-doe-lay-e-hoooo!
Drawing parallels on suiting up with a gun equating dignity and freedom to modern day government promises of economic freedom and thin promos of academic gains, "Buckshot" is a black rebellion battlecry.
The 1865 also have a hometown show happening February 28 at Mercury Lounge. Ticket info TBA.