Countless Thousands is a promising theatrical punk rock band I discovered with their latest album, …And the Triumph of Justice, released as a long-play album not long ago in 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Countless Thousands has started their careers with a long-play album called; We’re Just Really Excited to be Here in 2011. Since then, the band released two more long-play albums, You’re Goddamn Right (2016), …And the Triumph of Justice (2021), and four singles, Fat Cat (2020), Space Nazis Must Die! (2020), Game Change (2020) and Lazar Wolf (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
After listening to …And the Triumph of Justice album (on repeat for a few times), I want to admit that I lost my shit with all the knowledge, the story behind this album. I have always been a person who believed in quality over quantity, unlike almost everybody in the music industry. And, I do believe that true art requires time, people need proper input, they need to live, they need to read, and they need to experience. You can’t expect artists to put out shit every single month, where Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek said in numerous articles that this is exactly what they want. What do we have to call it then? Whatever the definition might be, the fact is that it is no longer art anymore, isn’t it?
…And the Triumph of Justice is one of the greatest albums I listened to for some time. Hands down. It is not because of the music, nor the songs, instrumentation, compositions, band, their looks, individuals, promotion, album artwork, music videos, production value etc etc etc… but EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. This is what I call true art. Obviously, Countless Thousands is an experienced band, making official releases since 2011. They already earned our respect with their discographies. However, as a passionate music fan, I wasn’t expecting to discover such a gem, to be honest.
There are many characteristics, reasons why I called this album “essential.” First of all, I admired the way they formed the entire album just like a play, a story with an introduction, transitions, and an ending. Every single detail has a meaning, a decision behind it. They have thought about all these decisions, details, asked themselves “why?” and “why not?” before doing it, which is super inspiring. Can you imagine how much time that would take? Writing an album with 15 songs, thinking about the theme, lyrics, art, form, shape, how you’re going to make a difference this time, why having an intro song? or why not? Where you are going to promote the album, how you are going to release it, when you are going to do that, and hundreds of questions such as these to be answered. And yes, this is why they make a release every four years. Because true art takes time, my friends.
The overall music style is punk rock, sometimes with additional country rock, blues rock, and even ska rock influences. Lyrically they have a badass attitude, reminded me of the pioneers in the genre, Rage Against the Machine. The album stands out with tons of creative ideas, yet I believe the most impressive thing about it is the amount of energy it has. The flow is so smooth; it immediately pulls the listener into its world. Whenever you start listening to it from the beginning to the end, you feel yourself sitting in a theater listening to this insane story written/composed by these brave American gentlemen. And they even came up with their own genre; Theatrepunk!