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Astra Per Aspera

by The Strugglers

Take no prisoners, kick ass, old school punk rock...raw power on a rollercoaster ride...
Genre: Metal/Punk: British Punk
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1. Anthem
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2. Leaf Blower
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3. Hookers
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4. Horror Business
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5. Platypus
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6. Cocktail
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7. New Age
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8. Turtle
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9. Food
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10. Pay To Cum
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Album Notes
This pretty much sums up our manifesto

ANTHEM (Canete/Hopkins)

Fucking around
Getting our sound
Turning it up
My blood is starting to pound
always be wild
never be mild
drunk and belligerent
that's the Struggler's style


we are lost in a sea of apathy
nothing to lose
Struggler's style
wave of bile that's known as humanity
we're slitting their throats
that's the Struggler's style

verse 2:

If we come to your party
then you better be warned
that when we're having fun
something always gets harmed
sometimes it's your feelings
sometimes it's your face
sometimes it's the furniture at your sister's place


It's all fucked up but there's no better time
what we do now we will pay for later
washing back my meds with strychnine
cause in my fucked up dream my mom was an alligator
and my Chinese chef well he cooked her up and ate her


verse 3:

not saying we're smart
all we got is our heart
but we're going full speed
that's a hell of a start
if you get in our way
we are running you flat
we'll crack open your skull and get your mind around that


It's all fucked up but there's no better time
what we do now we will pay for later
washing back my meds with strychnine
cause in my fucked up dream my mom was an alligator
and my Chinese chef well he cooked her up and ate her


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Mark PaulHus/Discorder Magazine

The Strugglers - Astra Per Aspera (Discorder Magazine - October 2011)
The Latin phrase “Astra Per Aspera” loosely translates into “through adversity to the stars” or the more gritty “from the mud to the stars.” This bold and determined acclamation makes a great title for a collection of punk songs by a lot as tenacious as Vancouver’s The Strugglers. The ancient mantra is aggressive yet hopeful, much like The Strugglers’ music. And it should be noted, it seems there is more than likely an intellectual at work here too, making reference to Herman Hesse’s Beneath the Wheel, where the phrase is used by the Headmaster to demean the main character’s dedication to music.

Astra Per Aspera is punk rock at it’s finest. The eleven tracks offered up mirror the set list The Strugglers have been busily blasting out all over town the past few months. To some, the group’s music may sound typical and unoriginal, but a refined ear can easily deduce what sets The Strugglers apart from the masses.

Along with the eight originals on Astra Per Aspera, however, there are three carefully chosen covers: the Misfits’ “Horror Business,” Bad Brains’ “Pay To Cum” and Blitz’s “New Age.”

Originals like “Anthem” and “Leaf Blower,” meanwhile, merge their obvious influences to create their own distinct sound, placing themselves at the intersection of classic English street punk and original North American hardcore. The result is fast and furious, with songs playing out both aggressive and fun.

Despite the bookish title, The Strugglers completely lack pretense. They are a group of friends playing music and having a good time, in the process drawing the audience to the party. Astra Per Aspera is like a contraband roman candle shoved into the mud, sending vibrant balls of fire and lighting up the East Van sky.