Punk rock has always been political; the problem is that most "political-punk" bands these days aren't worth their musical weight in Crass armbands. Luckily, this isn't the case with Richmond, Virginia, iconoclasts Strike Anywhere
. The band's Fat Wreck Chords debut, Dead FM
, teems with some of the most vital tracks to emerge this year, including memorable, melodic anthems like "The Promise" and "Prisoner Echoes." However, these palm-muted masterpieces would be the backdrop for nothing if it weren't for dreadlocked frontman Thomas Barnett, who bounces around the stage singing about foreign policy and human rights with a youthful exuberance that's inspirational for even the most jaded punker. If you've ever wondered what a Green Party rally would look like with a circle pit, here's your answer.