“No Weapons” – Steel Pulse
Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band from Birmingham, England. The band was formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School in Birmingham, and is composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass). They were initially refused live dates in Caribbean venues in Birmingham because of their Rastafarian beliefs. Aligning themselves closely with the Rock Against Racism organisation and featuring in its first music festival in early 1978, they chose to tour with sympathetic elements of the punk movement, including the Stranglers, XTC etc.: “Punks had a way of enjoying themselves – throw hordes at you, beer, spit at you, that kind of thing”. Eventually they found a more natural home in support slots for Burning Spear, which brought them to the attention of Island Records.
Steel Pulse has since become one of the most beloved reggae bands around. With a Grammy award for their 1986 album Babylon The Bandit, 10 singles, a number of compilations, 11 studio albums and yet another slated for release in 2012 Steel Pulse is showing no signs of slowing down. They have released songs discussing many touchy political issues including the Klu Klux Klan, the CIA’s involvement in foreign governments, and global warming.
Steel Pulse’s latest album, African Holocaust, features guest appearances with Damian Marley and Capleton, and continues the bands strong political voice with “No Weapons,” a classic anti-war song. Passionate and powerful, the song laments the state of things in the world today:
This crave for power
Is one disaster, destruction’s in the air
These ego trips by heads of states, who giveth not a care
For the children, save the children
The future’s in despair
It is a difficult thing to create great music with a strong message, and Steel Pulse has done it time and time again. Enjoy!