French Punks Nightwatchers Take On Racism With ‘Common Crusades’

French Punk band Nightwatchers have released their second full-length album, “Common Crusades”, as of October 8th via Lövely Records, while vinyl editions will arrive on November 26th. It’s a “politically thematic”, Melodic Punk album whose lyrics deal with “institutional racism and Islamophobia in modern-day France”.

“Common Crusades” forms a direct musical continuum with the band’s 2019 debut album, La paix ou le sable. Both albums deal with events surrounding France’s colonial era, but from different perspectives. While the lyrics of La paix ou le sable were written with the goal of raising awareness of France’s violent past, “Common Crusades” mainly focuses on “the aftermath of these conflicts, highlighting how colonial ideas, strongly characterized by racism and Islamophobia, still affects political decision-making in the country”.

The band comments on the lyrical message of “Common Crusades”:

”One of the objectives of this record is to highlight the fact that Islam has always been the priority target of the universalist project of the French Republic. Right now, the separatist project that is tied to the supposed political organization of a “radical” or “fundamentalist” Islam in France seems to be largely fantasized. Some polemicists and historians have contributed to feeding this conspiracist fantasy, which is now the origin of a bill ratified by the National Assembly.”

The new album was engineered by Mathieu Zuzek, and the lyrics are all based on speeches and written documents tied to individuals who exploited occupied territories during France’s colonial era, as well as on speeches and written documents tied to present-day politicians.