Cover Your Tracks: “White Riot”

The Clash 1977 Westway Photosessions

The Clash circa 1977

For this latest addition to Cover Your Tracks I’ll be taking a politically charged anthem from The Clash’s 1977 self-titled debut album. Although this punk anthem was written about the riots at Notting Hill Carnival in 1976, the controversial topics of class and race are just as relevant and thought-provoking today.

Napalm Death

A fast, thrashy political rant needs to be performed by a blazing, angry and socially conscientious outfit, and Napalm Death fit this profile perfectly. The speedy and loose nature of the song, combined with chaotic leads, could be easily handled by a band of Napalm Death’s calibre. It’s clear how the band would approach this song: play it faster, harder and with plenty more grind parts to keep the track gritty and visceral.


Napalm Death circa 2014

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach has professed to having a soft spot for UK punk bands, so I could imagine he’d be acutely tuned towards this particular style of music. Whilst the band’s taut and muscular brand of metalcore may not be obviously compatible with The Clash’s flailing punk sounds, I’m sure that the band could make the guitars distorted and crunchy yet still maintain the tuneful qualities crafted by guitarists Joe Strummer and Mick Jones.


Killswitch Engage circa 2015

What do you think? Are these bands suitable choices? Or can you suggest bands who you think would be better suited? Feel free to leave a comment, like this blog post, like the Facebook page , follow the Pinterest page, and follow this blog for more in the ‘Cover Your Tracks’ series.

Don’t forget to check out the last entry in this series, which looked at Carcass’s “Keep On Rotting In The Free World”.

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