The Discarded rock their "Manifesto"

The Discarded's second album "Manifesto" is now available.

The Discarded’s second album “Manifesto” is now available.

Heavy punk sounds, socially conscious lyrics, and a familial bond: The Discarded will blow you away with their latest album Manifesto.

Since releasing their album in February, these punk rockers from Orangeville, Ontario, Canada have been shaking up the live scene all summer. They even opened for Lowest of the Low at one point while they were touring through southern Ontario back in March.

The Discarded features JP Wasson on the guitars and vocals. He is joined by his teenage sons Jared on the bass and Caden on the drums. We were fortunate enough to chat with the dynamic trio back in early 2017, right after they had released their self-titled debut album. It’s always great to see independent musicians continue to blaze ahead and carve out a spot for themselves.

Much like their first album, Manifesto features the band’s signature raw punk rock with an adolescent fuelled attitude. Recorded at Pro Gold Studio in Toronto, and mixed by the legendary Ian Blurton, Manifesto also comes equipped with socially charged lyrics that challenge the status quo. And the great part is…these guys make some really good points.

For example, the track “40-40-40” talks about the absurdity of the current materialistic and economic culture. They refer to the trend of working all your life only to buy the latest technology and toys “a sucker’s bet.” But whether or not you agree with their message, their poignant observation about the world is spot on and really makes you think.

But this is not to say that the music is solely aimed at challenging listeners. On the surface Manifesto is fun with its face melting guitar, thumping bass, and brawling drums. Just try and not smile during “Mango Mussolini.” While the track refers to Donald Trump and all of the controversy surrounding him, there is just something about the name “Mango Mussolini” that tickles the funny bone.

The Discarded is currently back in the studio and are busy working on new music. The trio are putting together their third album, an album which they have called their most ambitious project yet.

Manifesto can be purchased online at Bandcamp, iTunes, and streamed on Soundcloud.

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Author: Samantha Stevens

I am a retired Canadian sailor turned writer, journalist, and academic. Currently completing my MA in journalism, and keeping my writing skills sharp through freelance work. The Littlest Voice is my baby.