There’s always been a New York City kind of protest music- delivered with a balled up fist and a shit-eating grin. From Dave Van Ronk and Phil Ochs playing their dark, satirical tunes to the folkies on MacDougal and Bleecker, to The Fugs and The Holy Modal Rounders laying the seeds of punk on the Lower East Side with their freaked-out jams, all the way to Leftover Crack and World Inferno/Friendship Society playing their eclectic brand of punk rock to rile up the left during the extremely tense RNC-era 2000’s NYC. Now, carrying on that banner of righteous weirdness, here comes Out of System Transfer, the city’s much-needed gonzo anti-folk punk rock radical leftist hootenanny. Their funny and fierce tunes, like “I Shot President McKinley (and I’ll do it again and again and again)” and “Stop Bloomberg, Frisk Kelly (and all the pigs can suck eggs in hell)” make no concessions on their political leanings, hearkening back to the rage of Reagan-era punks like Dead Kennedys, The Dead Milkmen and Mojo Nixon.
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jesse Sternberg met multi-instrumentalists Danielle Kolker, Jon Good, and Jesse Jacobsen at Oberlin College, where they played together in various rock bands. Danielle and Jon met occasional drummer Eric Dryburgh while playing in the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, New York City's legendary radical activist marching band. Out of System Transfer's DIY folk punk aesthetic is founded upon a true commitment to their politics, championing LGBTQ and worker’s rights, warning of climate change, and decrying neoliberalism and the emerging police state. This close-knit collective use intelligent songwriting and strong statements to challenge the status quo, as well as to describe the climate of the city they live in.
This year, the group has released 7-song EP zine "Same Rat, Different Hat" and a music video for their public transit anthem "New Train Blues". They're building a strong following in the Northeast and beyond with their high-energy and engaging live performances in shows at squats, cooperative houses, and storied DIY spaces such as ABC No Rio, Palisades, and Silent Barn. Out of System Transfer's goofy yet earnest screeds are winning hearts and tapping toes from Coney Island to Marble Hill and beyond.