Struggle Session – Sudamérica Ruido y Amor

6/10

Struggle Session is a Beijing-based band here with the thirty-three song, ten-minute long album Sudamérica Ruido y Amor. The album is a tribute to the band’s recent tour, with each song titled after a city they played. There are some decent hardcore, grindcore, and power violence throughout the short album, but the concept of Sudamérica Ruido y Amor just didn’t pique my interest.

Fitting so many songs into such a short period of time, you’re right to assume Struggle Session has a passion for blasting through tunes. “Curitiba” and “Lima” are just two examples of the punishing grindcore style the band sprinkles throughout the album. While the band could’ve easily just made a ten-minute grindcore album, Struggle Session brings together a wide variety of styles. Songs like “Guarulhos” or “La Plata” have a cool, sludgier feel to them and the song “Talca” is an interesting hardcore/ska hybrid. Musically speaking, this was a really fun listen.

Where Struggle Session lose me is in the concept of the album. The lyrics of each song revolve solely around a moment that the band experienced in a given city on their mammoth-sized tour. The lyrics from a song like “Morón” that read “Go out and look for a fucking job BRIAN! But Mom, I’m a punk!” or the sole word “TAPIOCA” that makes up the lyrics of the song “Sãu Paulo” just don’t do anything for me. I’m sure these make sense to a handful of people, but Sudamérica Ruido y Amor feels like I’m just listening to thirty-three inside jokes.

I’m sure Sudamérica Ruido y Amor means a lot to Struggle Session, but I really don’t know this was the way to try and translate their experiences to an album. Having said that, this is a fairly diverse album for being just ten minutes long. All four members of Struggle Session really flex their instrumental and vocal abilities and make for, at least musically speaking, a pretty interesting ride.

Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

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Justin is a Saskatoon-based musician with a degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied medieval and modern English. These days, he can usually be found behind the stack of comic books he’s trying to keep up with. Justin has been playing music since his early teens and has made 10’s of dollars from it in the years since. An enthusiastic packrat, his prized possession is a vinyl copy of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag.” Justin snores really loud if he’s been drinking and thought that Revenge of the Sith was actually a pretty sweet movie. You can hear Justin in Swayze, here: https://swayzelives.bandcamp.com, and A Ghost in Drag, here: https://aghostindrag.bandcamp.com, and you will occasionally see him and his bandmates playing Beerio Kart on tour.

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