MUSIC NEWS: Lockjaw Records Announce ‘The Black Lives Matter: Punk Compilation’

UK/EU punk and hardcore record label Lockjaw Records have announced they will be releasing a charity compilation album titled The Black Lives Matter Punk Compilation.

The album which is set for release on 24th September 2021 will feature more than 35 tracks and is looking to shine a spotlight on bands with members of colour whilst raising funds for Black Minds Matter Charity (UK) and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (US).

Bands announced as part of the compilation so far are The SkintsDronesThe TutsLa ArmadaCATbambooThe BellraysBelvedereProper., The SubwaysTokky HorrorNoopinionWebcamsBlack PunkOceanatorStraightlineThe KominasLilith AiHaest3LHHypophoraEdward In VenicePopes Of ChillitownMidwich CuckoosPassionflowerBlack PanteraTriple SundaeRundown KreepsEl Moono, and Love Again, along with a track from TV comedy We Are Lady Parts. There will also be exclusive tracks from Big JoanieSounds of Swami and Tree House Fire.

Speaking about the release, label manager Lesley-Anne O’Brien says: “After the murder of George Floyd we participated in Black Out Tuesday, and since then we’ve been having meetings to discuss what we could do within our sphere and scene to address the issues of structural racism and representation.  The punk and hardcore scene is really white. We felt the best way to address the issue of representation was to create a compilation that features tracks from people of colour within the punk genre, and tracks from outside the genre that have a ‘punk attitude’ & energy. We need to look outside of our scene and we can hopefully find some commonalities which we can enjoy and celebrate. And of course, we’ve got some great tracks from bands within the scene dealing with themes of anti-racism and social justice.”

Check out the artwork below which was created by Jason Kelly alongside photography by Sama Kai.

The Black Lives Matter: Punk Compilation is available to pre-order now, along with a A2 screen-printed posters or T-shirts via the Lockjaw Records website. It will also be available to download or stream on the usual digital services from 24th September 2021.

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