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New EP On The Way From Primitive Ignorant

Infant Joy On Midnight Streets is out on Friday 16th April

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Having released his first LP Sikh Punk under the Primitive Ignorant moniker to a wave of critical acclaim last year, Sym Gharial (Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Piano Wire) returns this month with a new EP.

Entitled Infant Joy On Midnight Streets which lifts its title from two William Blake poems. The EP acts as a reminder that London was always a tinderbox. It touches on the difficulties of staying positive. Sym received death threats towards the end of last year after exposing his struggle to comprehend his identity as a South Asian Sikh compelled by punk and anarchic western living.

That death threats are an everyday by-product of social media highlights just how fucked up things are right now.

Infant Joy On Midnight Streets features eight songs including collaborations with Leonore Wheatley (International Teachers Of Pop/The Soundcarriers), Bess Cavendish and ten year old Elias Johnson, making his debut as a recording artist. The full tracklisting for the EP is as follows:-

“The Sun Does Arise”

“Last In The Riot” (ft Le Junk)

“Invisible Storm”

“Scream On A Razor” (ft Bess Cavendish)

“Tomorrow” (ft Elias Johnson)

“Dress Like Me” (ft Leonore Wheatley)

“Worship Art” (Body In The Thames Grit Bins Mix)

“The Sun Does Arise II”

The songs expose a city on the edge after Brexit, suffering vicious and corrupt Tory rule, the horror of Coronavirus, the unfathomably hostile response to Black Lives Matter and the short-sighted contempt for workers who hold the country together, to artists and to anyone not fixated on wealth creation.

Primitive Ignorant has shared “Last In The Riot” and “Dress Like Me” from the EP.

Talking about Infant Joy On Midnight Streets, Gharial says:-

“Across this EP, a contrary state is envisioned. A progressive city of sunlight, freedom and joy, where people can focus on the future rather than protecting what little they have. Building on what we share and always believing that the sun will rise. We must manifest change through the power of art, community, education and constructive protest. And we must learn from our past mistakes.”

Sonically diverse across all eight pieces, the EP is a radical jump yet seemingly natural progression from Sikh Punk. Musically and lyrically it speaks to the energy and power of community, while considering what damage the forces of division will do if left unchecked.

The EP’s creator Gharial discusses the lyrical content of some of the songs below.

”“Last In The Riot” was written in reaction to the young Sikh boy who was attacked in Telford last November; emphasising the need to feel pride in your identity no matter who you are and where you come from. While “Scream On A Razor” was inspired by courage of the Black Panthers and BLM. This song discusses using art, music, education and speech to challenge racial hierachy and stereotype. “Tomorrow” is mostly the work of Elias Johnson; the ten year old son of a social media friend. Two people from different generations who have never met collaborating is a beautiful thing. It’s Elias’ first ever piece of music and it bottles the optimism of youth.”

Infant Joy On Midnight Streets comes out on Friday 16th April as a digital release only through Something In Construction.



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