Red Kate / Photo by Fally Afani

The guttural howl of Red Kate has never sounded better than matched with a bass-y thump and a grimy guitar strum on their new single “Iraqi Girl.” The band’s political punk is sharper and more vicious than ever, considering the current era of every day being a wide-awake nightmare. No time for bullshit: “How many lives have you taken today?” they roar in the chorus.

The b-side is a cover of “American Zone” by T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), released in the mid-1980s but still relevant now, dealing with the cost of war and the piss-poor treatment of veterans (“He was 20-years-old and he lost both of his legs/We’re all really sorry today”). Red Kate put their signature shred on the track; a perfect companion piece to their original tune.

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