Californian rockers Countless Thousands are mavericks who don’t give a hoot about what other people think and are on a mission to deliver bold political statements and kickass Hanukkah songs through an eccentric mixture of punk, classic rock, Americana, folk, and indie. Their latest album …And The Triumph of Justice was released this month and calls out for solidarity, change, and persistence. The opener “The Triumph of Justice” is built on gauzy sliding chords that invites you to march with them whereas the follow up “Game Change” is a breakneck piece that sweeps you off without a warning.
“Space Nazis Must Die!” ft. Professor Elemental takes us on a smashing, cinematic adventure to defeat the cosmic führer. In “Star Spangled Banner on the Moon,” the band deceitfully start off with a child riff until they reach 1:45 where they give us a blissful heart attack with the knocking lyrics “T minus five four three!” With “The Rat” they hybridize Spaghetti Western genre with punk rock. The band skyrockets your adrenalines in the following single “Solidarity Forever,” where the hard-hitting drums and bursting choruses make you feel like you’re on a chase.
There are moments in the record where Countless Thousands settle for a more folk soundscape. In the country-tinged track “Parts Unknown,” the band crafts a more intimate melody built on breezy strings. The follow up “The Triumph of Intermission” is a brief piano that lets its listeners digest what they’ve been consuming so far. Another moment of the record when the band leaves the catapultic rock spectrum ins in “Murder Assassins from the Future” where they surprise by going acoustic.
The band circle back to the chaotic euphony in “Fat Cat” where they condemn greed and fake political promises through a cascade of beats. In “MA$K OFF,” they take a metal and more sinister approach without adding a lyric into the track. Whether it’s about egoistic politicians, capitalism, etc. is up to the listener. In “Lazar Wolf,” Countless Thousands give us a symphonic metal rush with its high-pitch aaahs and cannonade of synths. They go on a playful punk direction in “Parts Oiknown” and full-on country in “Hard Times (Come Again No More).”
The penultimate anthem “Can’t Quit (An Orchestra on the March)” starts off with an indie pop style before the edgy percussions kick in and become a rock-pop banger. The band circle back to the opener’s melody in their final and title track of the record “The Triumph of Justice (Reprise).” With …And The Triumph of Justice, the listener can never guess what they’ll encounter – whether it’s flaming rock, calm folk, or a piano break. And that’s what makes the record a playful and fulfilling journey.