by Jonny Bones
VANCOUVER – Vancouver rage rockers AK-747s have been sonically assaulting the underground music scene for nearly a decade since forming as a vehicle for the pure spite and endless anger of founding member, Rob Nuclear.
Lyrically, the band covers a range of raw, uncensored, ugly truths regarding the ever-growing problems facing humanity: social injustices and horrific atrocities, political corruption and moral depravity carried out across the globe, as well as the lurking evils within our own backyards. The themes that the band wrestles out of the shadows and drags into the unsympathetic light of day are uncomfortable to say the least, and that is exactly the point.
Unwavering in their vision, AK-747s refuse to remain silent when given the choice to speak out about the way they view the world.
“Fascism is alive and well,” states Nuclear. “People of colour, gays, trans people, refugees, and First Nations will always bear the brunt of this… [unfortunately], there’s plenty of people who think that the wrong side won World War II.”
Nuclear has been accompanied over the years by a revolving door of fellow musicians – regarded more as brothers in arms than bandmates – in his unending battle to grab humanity by the ears and force it to look at its own morbid reflection.
With four albums in their arsenal and a brand new bassist joining their ranks, the band has set it sights once again on the recording studio to construct their next batch of protest songs.
“We wrote a whole new record,” Nuclear says. “And let me tell you, it’s like nothing you have heard from us before. We picked up the heaviness and darkness from the last one, and went all the way down the rabbit hole of doom.”
When you step back to look at the band’s nine-year career, AK-747s have one singularly clear and direct message behind their politically charged venom: Complacency is the enemy.
AK-747s play Lanalou’s July 21.