Calgary-based musicians, including The Pygmies, The Shiverettes, HexRay, and Minimum Engagement, are releasing an album of original protest songs against the Conservative party titled Rock Against Harper.
The content ranges from distaste for Stephen Harper’s hairstyle to the 2011 elections when voters just didn’t show up to the polls. “The last time around you were given a choice, but you sat back and let someone else speak with your voice,” Minimum Engagement sings on one of their two tracks on the compilation.
Rock Against Harper is the latest in a long line of strong vocalizations against the Conservative government from Canadian musicians. Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde released their anti-Harper song, “Land You Love,” this week. Elsewhere a number of concerts featuring singers like Feist and Dan Mangan, intended to oust the Conservative government, will take place in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto on October 20 under the umbrella #ImagineOct20.
Rock Against Harper will be officially released at a launch party at Broken City on October 16, just ahead of the federal election.