War Orphan: Ex-Sick of It All, Reach Members Deliver Raw Hardcore on “Identity Politics”

Photo: Brian Berson

War Orphan is a new hardcore band featuring some musicians you might recognize. With members based in both New York and California, the trio is comprised of guitarist Richie Cipriano (ex-Sick of It All, Reach), vocalist David Bason (Barfbag), and drummer Dante Renzi (Reach).

Originally started as a fun side project that they didn't take seriously, War Orphan truly got launched once Cipriano sent Bason a track and told him they should get serious about the endeavor. The resulting EP, Closer to Death Than Life, finds the band delivering politically charged hardcore punk across 6 tracks.

Today, No Echo is bringing you the premiere "Identity Politics," a rager from the forthcoming EP:

“'Identity Politics' is a unity song for the weird kids," Bason tells No Echo. "It’s a reminder that we shouldn’t get so focussed on labels, subgenres, and subcultures when our larger goals are the same. Don’t focus so intently on your personal identity that it detracts from fact that we have similar overarching agenda.  

"First and foremost, we need to get Trump out of office. Everything else will have to take a backseat until then. We have to unite though our identities may differ slightly. This song is supposed to be a reminder to look at the bigger picture and weigh our options…do you want to dig in on your very specific personal needs or can all disenfranchised youth come together for a bigger good?” 

Closer to Death Than Life will be out September 25th. Head to War Ophan's Facebook page for more information.


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