Song of the Day, October 27: Profiteers by Spirit of the West

SotWProfiteersToday’s song is Profiteers from Spirit of the West’s stunning album Labour Day. The disc is a smart collection of protest folk and story songs. On Profiteers, the band are at their angry best, telling off those who put financial gain over human decency. Geoffrey Kelly sets it up in the liner notes:

The World’s Fair was held in Vancouver in 1986. It brought with it man good opportunities for our business community. In the accommodation industry, these opportunities were exploited by certain profiteering landlords in Vancouver’s east side. Those victimized were many of our older citizens.

With this impetus, SotW crafted a universal message, condemning those who profit on the backs of the vulnerable and marginalized. John Mann turns in an especially passionate vocal, brimming with barely contained rage. The spare arrangement — featuring stunning bass work from Hugh McMillan and steady bodhran rhythms from Kelly — underscores the message perfectly, driving it but never overwhelming.

Enjoy this smart indictment today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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