Baltimore outfit War on Women have announced their third full-length album, Wonderful Hell, will arrive on October 30th. The politically charged hardcore band have also shared the LP’s ferocious title track.
War on Women make no mistake about their views on modern society or the state of politics in the United States. Their songs read like a manifesto, and “Wonderful Hell” is no different. Singer Shawna Potter wrote the song during a period when she felt especially “exhausted and overwhelmed by the Trump era.”
“I can’t ignore what’s in front of me/ That fear is real, but not the enemy,” shouts Potter. In the lyric video, there is a notebook emblazoned with the hashtag “#VOTE”. It’s at the core message of the song.
“I think it expresses something that a lot of people are feeling,” Potter said in a press release. “Like, ‘Okay, we had our moment. Now it’s time to get back to work. We can’t let this happen again. We can’t endure another four years of this.”
Potter expressed that the songs should motivate listeners to become active, outspoken, and motivated to actually participate in reversing the current course of U.S. politics.
“The thing is, we don’t have a do over,” Potter said. “We don’t have a time machine. We can’t snap our fingers and start from some other place. All we have is right here, right now. So what can you do right here, right now, to help?”
The full-length album was recorded pre-pandemic by J. Robbins of Jawbox at his Magpie Cage Studios back in February. Work on the record was completed in April, when the band was supposed to be on tour with Bad Religion. Wonderful Hell marks the first War on Women album to feature their current lineup of Potter, guitarist Brooks Harlan, bassist/vocalist Sue Werner, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer “Jenarchy” Vito, and drummer Dave Cavalier.
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Wonderful Hell Tracklist:
1. Aqua Tofana
2. Milk and Blood
3. Wonderful Hell
4. This Stolen Land
5. White Lies
6. Big Words
9. In Your Path
10. The Ash is Not the End