Work is changing. Robots are replacing us. Capitalism is fracturing. We need a new soundtrack—but what do labour songs sound like when the nature of labour itself is so uncertain? With their second duo album Never Work, Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom (of Canadian garage-folk band The Burning Hell)
search for answers. Accenting acoustic sounds of old-school folk revivals with electronic interference, Never Work explores the gig economy, side-hustles, tech feudalism, class war, unionized digital assistants, rebellious self-service checkout machines, and fully automated luxury communism.
Simultaneously earnest and wry, the songs on Never Work are a protest playlist for our collective journey towards oblivion or the beach—or both.