Schwach’s new EP came out in August this year and continues their direction of positive punk with a vibrant socio-political message.
Formed in Berlin around 2013, the band has been very active in their local DIY hardcore scene. Schwach members were, or still are playing, in tons of other bands, booking shows or baking vegan cakes! In 2018, the band has released a discography tape, toured Europe and even played some shows in Ecuador and Colombia in South America. For such a great year, it was only natural to also come up with a new record, though just a three song EP.
“Gegeneinander” is Schwach’s first recording material since their 2016’s “Kein Bock” LP—I clearly remember that one when it came out back then, and it was great.
On “Gegeneinander”, there are three short, sweet and sincere tracks with lyrics that combine both personal and political topics. The record starts off with a song about the 2017’s G20 summit that took place in Hamburg and the police repressions that followed. Without being overcomplicated, the other two songs deal with criticizing the inequality created by the current educational system and how hardcore punk can be empowering, fun and amazing, but at the same time ruin your “normal” life. It all depends on your perspective and priorities in life.
Basically, there are two major influences—the politics and the positivity. It can seem odd at times to combine these two, but I’m glad to see youth crew-inspired bands that care for more than just some questionable scene unity or their new Nike kicks. Awesome record. Keep it posi, and aways against the oppressive state and capital!