Hope Is Not A Strategy

by The United Sons of Toil

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A number of other influences reared their ugly heads during the course of the first USoT record, 2007's Hope Is Not a Strategy, notably the angular post-hardcore of outfits like Hoover and Unwound as well as the decidedly socialist bent of the sparse lyrics. Indeed, songs that compare family dynamics with political systems put the Sons squarely in the Gang-of-Four school of populist deconstruction.

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released July 28, 2007

"For the way it hovers, shudders, and wrangles massive volume with such precision, The United Sons Of Toil's Hope Is Not A Strategy is the best local album The A.V. Club has heard all year (though Sector Five labelmates Houndrunner, Colony Of Watts, and The Suit also put out memorable records). Guitarist-singer Russell Hall may be ranting about government spying here--it's hard to tell--but this math-rock dirge's instrumental dynamic says all it needs to about tumult and desperation." -- The Onion

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