As is the case in most politically charged music, the Workers are preaching to the choir. And while the songs may not change too many hearts and minds, it's good to know that good-old righteous punk rock is alive and well in St. Louis. But for all the stridency and rhetoric on Vide Poche (which translates into "change tray," if you were wondering), the band hits a bright spot when they just let their instruments do the talking. The instrumental "From the Ashes of Gas Light Square" takes a turn towards math-rock, starting with an arpeggiated guitar line and pushing it against buzzy leads and heavy-metal thrash. It's a moment of near-transcendent beauty in the middle of a relentless, screed-filled album, and one that hints at a complexity that rests beneath the band's yell-it-from-the-rooftops ethos. Christian Schaeffer
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