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“BLACKMARKET SYNDICATE BRINGS POWER TO THE ‘PEASANTS’ Blackmarket Syndicate’s “And the Peasants Rejoiced” — a thematic battle cry for disenfranchised youth and a shrinking working class —has the potential to elevate the band to greater things. “ ‘And The Peasants Rejoiced’ is about the general state of the country and how the economy is in a state of disrepair,” said guitarist Randy Rost. “It is also about not taking the beaten path to success, but blazing your own trail and celebrating it.” The record’s sound resembles Anti-Flag and newer Rancid, while the record stays true to the ethos associated with the Clash. “Plead the 5th”, the record’s first single, is the album’s gem. The track is an unapologetic, raised-fist punk-rock sing-along that is equally raw and catchy. The record was produced by Street Dogs bassist Johnny Rioux, who said “If we did this record in 1988, Blackmarket Syndicate would be every punk rockers favorite band”.”