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ANGRY AGENDA - Society Review (Randale Records)
Not knowing much about Angry Agenda , I was given this Cd to review and had no idea what to expect.
Its 12 tracks of varying styles in my opinion so personally wasn’t sure what tag id give them music wise after listening to it. Id call it punk rather than Oi but I guess some people would say Street punk a term I personally have no idea what that means.
Its musically very diverse with some tracks like track 2 sounding a little like cock sparrer which I’m sure some will love but they have obviously stamped their own identity on it.
Overall it has a very uplifting feel about it with some chantalong choruses to please the audience listener, although saying that track 9 is a right bad tempered angry sounding track which will please others.
Track 10 and 12 have a very the jam sounding feel to it so hence the review its a really varying style of music crammed into one cd.
A decent release for randale but in my opinion not one for the Oi purists.
Overall a decent record, and ill give it a 3 out of 5
B SQUADRON - Sons of Tigers (Rebellion Records)
This is one album I have been waiting eagerly for.... Ok, truthfully I have been fucking gagging for it !!...This band of noisy fellas created quite a stir in the scene when they emerged just a couple of years ago...word spread fast of this ‘new’ band that emulated the 80’s raw Oi sound and attitude.... for many in the scene the general opinion was that it had become rather ‘bland’ and most certainly had ‘lost its bite’ so with great enthusiasm this band stepped up and played their uncompromising style.... Their first release being the EP ‘Saturday Soldiers’ received great acclaim and some may say ‘cult’ status with its superb cover artwork...This debut album ‘Sons of Tigers’ is a tip of the hat to the Leicester Regiment that earned the nickname ‘Tigers’ after their tours in India and the sleeve artwork reflects that... Let it be said that this album can be a boost to your success on the pub quiz slot machine because after listening to the intro track I have boosted my general knowledge by learning that Engelburt Humperdinck and Showaddy Waddy hail also from Leicester ! .... with the intro track sung terrace style it is fitting that the next track pays homage to the infamous ‘Baby Squad’, top firm and a top fucking tune with a bassline so fucking low it sweeps away your feet ! .... The whole album is charged with aggression and a musical edge that is so raw it is like stepping back to the 80’s... B-Squadron have very obvious influences from 4-Skins, Rejects and Combat 84 and I would even suggest Chaotic Discord after listening to ‘This is England’... Whilst the musical influences from the scene ‘Godfathers’ are obvious there is not a hint of plagiarism from the band, the sound that B-Squadron generate is uniquely their own.... The vocal delivery by Travis is incredible and if his throat was not bleeding after recording the album I would be amazed... There are 2 superb cover tracks as well, 4-Skins ‘Evil’ and Combat 84 ‘Rapist’... These just happen to be my fave tracks by both of those bands so if these covers weren't done right I would certainly have a grumble but no fucking grumble from me at all as the covers are a superb tribute to the 80’s Oi Legends ! ... The track ‘Means of escape’ is an absolute corker and could easily become an anthem for the ‘New Breed’ the lyrical sentiments within the track are held together by some very good musical composition with no easing up on the ferocious vocals, brilliant ! ... Another of Leicester's finest, Mark Timson (Timmo from The Glory) makes a guest appearance and shares the vocals on the track ‘Day to day’ .. This duel vocals works very well and would be great to hear more like this.... rather than attempt to dissect each track I would rather just say that there is not a single ‘filler’ on the album and every track is a belter with fierce vocals that are clear enough to understand yet still convey aggression and passion, far too often I have not got a clue what ‘shouty’ vocalists are actually saying until they do the ‘Oi Oi’ chant... These vocals are superb ! ... A brilliant closing track ‘Sons of Tigers’ paying respect to the fallen..... Outstanding ! .... I cannot recommend this album highly enough and urge all my scene friends to grab a copy as soon as it is released.... I am chuffed that I have been sent this promo version to review and I have been playing it every day now for the last week.... Whilst I love every single track on the album there is one that really stands out for me as it has the early 80’s thrash punk sound that we all loved (still do) back then, think chaos UK/chaotic discord meets the 4-skins and this is close to what the superb track ‘This is England’ sounds like, complete with sardonic lyrics describing England...absolute genius I tell you.... A solid and unwavering 5 stars review from me ! ... Get this album !
BRASSKNUCKLE - Skinhead 82 (Step-1 Music)
Had been looking forward to this cd and it really didnt disappoint..
Starting off with the track another tory it sets the tone for a proper skinhead
bootboy fest from start to end.
ska band is next followed by the banging track Junkie and that is my standout track
on this album , great musically and in a classic Oi vein with its hard hitting lyrics and straight the point.
Classic track for me musically and lyrically and im sure will be appreciated for those who like "proper" skinhead rock.
there isnt a single bad track on this album and its right up there with my current favourites to play.
there isnt any fillers on here to make up the numbers to fill a cd , its just a collection of pure skinhead rock and roll
that will get any one jumping around to. Cracking effort from the edinburgh lads and im sure there will be much more to come.
Skinhead 82 should be in any ones collection if they want it real and not sugarcoated.
5 out of 5 for me
BUSTER SHUFFLE - I'll Take What I Want (Burning Heart Recs)
The great thing about writing for Punk\Oi is unlike 'Vive le Rock' we don't have to kiss arses on reviews in the hope they will take out an advert. Don't think it doesn't happen in the punk world cuz I know it duz. So if I say something is good then I mean it (man) Buster Shuffle sound like Madness. No bad thing, but where Madness are a British institution, Buster Shuffle aren't.
The title of this release is quite apt as the Shuffle have taken that Mad sound but not added anything original to it.
For me, the jury is still out on this. On the plus side the whole thing was over in 28 minutes. The first 14 were OK and then my mind began to...I must get that spiders web by the telly. How long has that been there? Errr...Where was I?
The down side, if I want to hear Madness I will play them!!
To recap, the first half was great if you like uptempo Nutty Boy Ska, the second half went down hill faster than King Kong on roller skates.
Tricky one....4 plays in and not sure if I rate it or hate it?!?!
DIVE IN THE BOX - Relegation Battle (Violated RecordsS)
Everyone knows the most offensive thing in the world is Americans trying to like football (soccer). Now they have their own league this seems slightly less painful than someone from buttfuck nowhere pretending to be an Arsenal/Chelsea/West Ham/Man Utd/Spurs fan. No more Tesco football fans please!
Anyway, turns out Dive in the box actually formed at one of their local team's games (Philadelphia Union) which makes them kind of intriguing.
Anyway, this is nine songs of pretty decent Darkbuster/The Unseen Streetpunk stuff with Dropkick Murphys/Oxymoron overtones. All the songs are about football (soccer) I'd be really interested to here more.
EASTER - Thinking 7" (Violated Records)
Weird one this one. Two songs that sound completely different. Never really listened to Eater before but 'Michael's Monetary System' really reminded me of decent Britpop (Blur/Pulp), The second song 'USA' sounds like a creepy spoken word song the likes of 'Joolz' might have done back in the day. Pretty decent.
EASTFIELD - ? (Violated Records)
Weirdly my old teenage band (Laminator) played with Eastfield back in the day and were on a midlands punk comp with them. They're pretty straight forward melodic 82 punk and they love trains. They really have a great spirit though and their subject matter puts them above their peers.
EMERGENCY BITTER - Ciderfects ()
Rough around the edges, simple and direct; qualities that could be seen as both strengths and weaknesses on this second outing from from London punks Emergency Bitter. The opening track "Punk Rock Saved My Life" is an ode all things punk and sets the tone nicely with its pounding drums, distorted guitar and rowdy vocals. Over the course of the other 13 tracks, the album continues in a similar fashion with songs dealing with various topics ranging from racism to drinking. Anyone that's a fan of Cockney Rejects or Sham 69 is going to be in their element and, although the lyrics and approach may not be groundbreaking, they more than make up for the lack of originality with their energy, honesty and no-nonsense delivery. There are lots of great songs on the record including "Made in Britain" and "Mummy's Boy" but, even though there is only one song that breaks the three minute mark, as a whole, the album does suffer from a lack of variety. Overall, there are enough quality songs to make this record well worth purchasing and it sounds like they would be exceptional live, but I get the feeling that the best is yet to come from Emergency Bitter.
EXTERNAL MENACE - Off the rails (Violated Records)
Decent quality live recording from Rebellion 2015 by these legendary old Scottish punks who I'm not familiar with at all. Tbh, whilst the message and sound here are solid this doesn't grab me. I can't quite put my finger on it. One for the fans.
FH:33 - Murder 666 (self release)
This is the first time id heard really anything by FH33 and I was not disappointed ??As its a really good listen and right in your face with its attitude.
Its 12 tracks of relentless energy with pounding drums, like a machine gun and combined with frenchies bass and very distinguishable vocals that lead the full on attack.
This band say it as it is and are straight to the point lyrically, It is like the audio equivalent of a Bar room brawl, hard, brutal, dark and very edgy, and definitely not one for the cry babies. Well worth getting your hands on and having in the collection.
GIMP FIST - Never Give Up On You (Sunny Bastards)
For those that are unfamiliar with the band (I don’t think there is actually, but you never know) GIMP FIST hail from Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
They’ve been together as Gimp Fist since 2005. This is their 5th long play release on Sunny Bastard Records (Plus a split with Last Rough Cause and self released album called Rough Tribe) A regular at the Rebellion Festival’s (Even though they get put on far too early in the day for my liking. The halls are always rammed when they play) and others over Europe and the UK.
Never Give Up On You is (yet) another excellent release!
The album has no fillers whatsoever
It starts with:
Fists in the air - An angry song about life being hard.
Wake Up Call - A song about folk who get a leg up in life then forget about those that helped them get there!
Gates of Hell - A great melodic punk song, catchy with top punk guitar riffs..
Outside Looking in - A fast short punky track about wankers accusing bands without facts!
Friends Like You - Brilliant bass lines and a good Ska song about true friendship and looking out for each other!
Tell Me - About the evils of people who blindly follow religion! Angry and so so relevant! Sums up my attitude to terrorists perfectly!
Same Sides - Unite! Don’t fight! A simple song which some just don’t understand. A brilliant catchy song!
Couldn’t Care Less - the song title sums the lyrics up perfectly.
OxBlood Boots - A song for all the Oi Skins out there! The line “Heart-Felt words. Working Class Roots. Ben Sherman Shirts & Ox Blood Boots” says it all. A brilliant Oi track. Destined to become a crowd favourite when they play live!
Top Dog - could be about me! “Too Young To Die. Too Old To Fight”
Proud - About twats on the Right and Left of the political spectrum who constantly criticise the scene! Who slag off and hide behind their keyboards!
Truth Be Told - Eventually people find out the truth!
Never Give Up On You - A brilliant Streetpunk blast. The chorus will get the crowds chanting n singing. A song about true friendship (The hidden track on the CD) Raise Your Voice - A (semi) acoustic track showcasing Jonny’s talents Jonny Robson (Guitar/Vocalist) has to be one of the scenes best songwriters out there.
His songs cover life, hope, friendship, hatred and passion!
He doesn’t sing about the same things time and time again!
They vary from good old fashioned Oi through Ska/Reggae, Streetpunk and UK82.. Always melodic and meaningful songs with sing a long choruses!
He is supported by his brother on drums. Mick who is a maniac and brilliant on the stool Not forgetting Chris on bass. He has to be one of the best bass players on the scene ( he even smiles occasionally!) At the Cock Sparrer Edinburgh gig recently (Gimp Fist supported them) Colin gave Gimp Fist the ultimate compliment saying they are the band to take over from them at the top of the Streetpunk scene when Sparrer call it a day.
Worthy praise indeed
Yes I may be biased.
But this is one of the albums of the year Sunny Bastards SBCD188
GRADE 2 - Break The Routine (Contra Records)
GRADE 2 have been around for a couple of years. They are still ridiculously young for such a great sounding band and they hail from the ISLE OF WIGHT.
In 2016 saw the release of the much praised album MAINSTREAM VIEW and they’ve followed it up with , in my humble opinion, an even better album.
I saw them recently at the INKMAS Festival ST BRIEUC, FRANCE and they were brilliant. They were on early in the evening but the place was rammed and they did a storming set!
BREAK THE ROUTINE has only 11 tracks on it, but there isn’t a weak one amongst them.
The album starts off with an intro music only track called DEVIL’S DANCEN HOURS and them smashes straight into PUBWATCH.
What a track this is!!!!!
Fast powerful guitars explode into life! Complete with a blistering bass lines and manic drumming! The vocals are clear and angry.
Drinking in a Wetherspoons Pub has never sounded so good!
I absolutely love the track. They’ve even done a video of it which can be found on YouTube… A mate in the office who herd the track, loved it (He’s not a Punk fan as a rule) and described it as sounding like a very angry and aggressive ARTIC MONKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Other highlights include;
GROUNHOG DAY It carries on in the same vein musically. Fast and angry. They sing about a shite town where nothing every changes. I’m sure many can agree with its sentiment!
HEART OF COLD is a more upbeat song with a really singalong chorus.
MR INDUSRTY tackles the music industry wankers who want to rip the heart out of a band and change them to be more mainstream.
The line “Mr Industry. You’re killing music like a disease”
Sums it up perfectly.
TURNING THE TIDE has an old school 80’s Oi sound to it. Fast and furious singing and guitars with a great chanting chorus PROCASTINATOR. How many songs have you every listened to with the word “Procrastinator” in it? Brilliant, clever lyrics.
All in all a great sound album. The CD comes in a Digipack cover with the lyrics on the inside cover (Not that you’ll need them as the vocals are crystal clear) The album has a very unique feel to it. The band have a sound all of their own and they should be complimented for that. It’s very upbeat and SIDS vocals are strong.
Let’s hope they keep releasing more great albums and continue to tour. They’ve already planned some gigs for 2018. Try get to see them.
HARD WAX - Diamond In The Rough (Contra Records)
Hard Wax is a side project from Tom BOUTWOOD from the excellent ARCH RIVALS.
The style of music is classed as BOVVER ROCK. A cross between Glam rock & Oi/Streetpunk.
They have played live all over Europe and are due to be part of the Rebellion Records – Oi Aint Dead Vol 6 Anyway, back to the album…..
What can I say?
I can honestly say I was blown away!
From start to finish its full of boot stomping songs. Songs you can get up and dance to!
Highlights for me are;
BOOTBOY STOMP – Has a distinct sound of The Business from the era when they released “Get Outta My House”.
YOUR TIME IS UP – A dancefloor filler with a great catchy Bass Line.
SHOUTING OUT LOUD – Has a feel of Cock Sparrer “Get your bats” out complete with a piano!
BRINGING BACK THE NOISE – A definite Oi track . Top lyrics “ We are the bovver, bovver rock boys. And we’re here to bring back the old school noise!”
BOVVER LOVE BLUES – Dr Feelgood stomping in Dr Martins boots! Really catchy foot tapping track.
WE’RE TO STAY – A great GLAM ROCK / OI! Crossover. Reminds me of tracks from The Business’s “Saturdays Heroes”
All in all a great album. I was expecting a sound similar to GUIDA. But it is far harder with a distinctive OI sound.
SLADE mixed with Oi’s finest talents.
This is a very well produced album. The vocals are clear and powerful with catchy tunes.
I will look forward to future releases.
I believe Rebellion Records have released the Vinyl version. With Contra doing the CD
HARDSELL - Subculture Criminals ()
When I got this album to review I wasn’t sure if it was the same Dutch band that I’d heard years ago but as soon as I heard the 1st track I was happy to find out it was, from what I can gather they’ve had a hiatus of some 14 years & the vocalist has relocated to the US. I’m not entirely sure how many of the original line up are still in the band but they’ve not lost any of their punch, if you’ve never heard Hardsell before I’d be surprised if after hearing this you don’t investigate their back catalogue. They have always had a great sound, very well-structured songs & some of them are quite long for this genre of music with the majority being well over the 3-minute mark & a few breaking 4-minutes although there is a single track called ‘Freak’ that comes in at a very brief 40odd seconds.
If you have heard Hardsell before then you won’t be disappointed with this offering from them, there’s great guitar riffs, a thumping bass & hammering drums all backing up the rough, rasping voice of the vocalist, I’m also pretty sure there’s female backing vocals on the track ‘Susie Brass Knuckles’. The production on the album is damn good as well, I might be a little biased as Rebellion is our label too but if you’ve got any of their other releases you’ll know that Wouter & the guys at the label don’t put out shitty sounding stuff & this is up to their usual great standards.
Trying to pick stand out tracks from this is pretty hard as they’re all great if I was pushed I’d say the title track ‘Subculture Criminals’ or the previously mentioned ‘Susie Brass Knuckles’ are my favourites. The band remind me of The Skinflicks who happen to be one of my favourite bands, they also remind me a little of The Bruisers so if you like those bands you’ll probably like this album, overall a great album with well written & produced tracks so what’s not to like?
Due out in January 2018 this could be a good way to get over the post festive blues, I’m sure it’s available to pre-order through Rebellion Music Merch so go that way & give yourself something to look forward to. I’d highly recommend this album & happily give it 5 stars.
INFA RIOT - Old & Angry (Randale Records)
Formed back in 1980 in North London. INFA RIOT Released one of my favourite albums “Out of Order” So I couldn’t wait for this album to be released courtesy of RANDALE RECORDS Has it been worth the wait????
It’s an album rammed full of tuneful, sing a long tracks!
Yes, you can tell it’s Mr Lee Wilson and Co straight away. But the album is an up to date pack of great tunes, tight guitar solos and some cracking lyrics. It doesn’t regurgitate the old stuff!
The opening track “Over My Dead Body” is an Oi classic. Great guitar riffs and angry lyrics.
“Attack”sees an annoyed Mr Wilson snarling about the working classes being attacked from all sides.
The humorous “Punk & Oi” is one of my favourites. Any song with the lyrics “Me neighbour likes his RnB and all that hip hop crap.. Well I like me music with a bit of bite. With a pint and a packet of fags”
Can’t be all bad!
I’m sure that will become a crowd favourite!!!!
“I always come back to Blighty” is a patriotic song about touring abroad but missing home.
“Who the fuck are you” tells of faceless wankers on social media who like to tell you who you should like and who you should be friends with! (Sadly some bands are starting to act like that!!!) “Proud” has a real melodic guitar sound. It says be proud of who you are regardless of where you come from!
“I’m more punk than you” attacks the idiots who think being Punk is all about mohicans and studded jackets and not attitude. Melodic punk at its very best!!!
The final track “What goes around” is a track about friendship, loyalty and not pissing of your mates!
All in all a great return!
I saw them a few weeks ago at the INKMAS FESTIVAL, ST BRIEUC, FRANCE. The majority of the crowd clearly hadn’t herd them before. But it wasn’t long before the Mr Wilson n Co had them jumping about like lunatics.
In my opinion an excellent band with a brilliant new album.
Go out and get it!
L.A.M.F. - Live at the Bowery Electric ()
This is a wee treat for me as I loved the Heartbreakers and Johnny Thunders, this was recorded live last November in New York as a tribute to the great band. The guys playing this tribute is a whos who of punk, with Clem Burke of Blondie on drums the great Walter Lure on guitar plus Wayne Kramer and Cheetah Chrome, Tommy Stinson on bass and Jesse Malin and Liza Colby on vocals. It's a great tributw with a real rough, raw sound to it. Anyone who is familiar with the great original album will know all the tracks and sing along like i did!
14 tracks of pure down and dirty rock and roll, total fanboy here so it's all good for me, it's different to the original off course as it is a live version but just listen to "Chinese Rocks" quite superb, great song and a great version. It must have been a treat to have been in the crowd as these great blast out one of the iconic american punk albums.
Super album if you are a Heartbreakers/Thunders fan it's well worth getting your hands on, fucks sake Walter Lures on it!! Too many good tracks to mention, they are all good!!
LARS FREDERIKSEN & THE BASTARDS - Live and Loud! (Pirates Press Records)
If you don't already know, Lars Frederickson is also in a very popular Punk band from California called 'Rancid'. Nowadays, he's also in a spin-off Oi!/Punk band called 'Old Firm Casuals'. Lars Frederickson & The Bastards were his first side project and were formed way back in 2001, featuring friends and members of such bands as 'The Forgotten' and 'Hepcat'. I remember owning their first album on tape and there definitely was a buzz around town when it came out. They seemed to be here and then forgotten, so it's great that this live recording has been unearthed and released as 'Live and Loud!' which reminds me of all those 80's UK records released under the same moniker.
This live recording is taken from a gig in Rochester in New York in 2001. I saw them in the UK on the very same tour, and very good they were too. You could say their sound is a lot more in your face and hard hitting than the more melodic leanings of 'Rancid'. A more 80's Punk hardcore sound, I think. There are dual vocals going on with plenty of energy, and the crowd sounds up for it. I haven't heard their album in years, but when listening to this, the songs came flooding back in an instant. 'Dead American' is a classic singalong song with a really catchy chorus. 'Wine and Roses' is the closest we get here to a 'Rancid' sounding tune. 'To Have and To Have Not' is a Billy Bragg cover which they manage to make sound like 'Dropkick Murphys'. (who they name check over the mike).
I wasn't too keen on the speech before the last song, 'Vietnam' which was contradicting Americans (or more specifically 'Hippies') for burning their draft cards during the Vietnam War. That didn't sit too well with me, but that's my opinion. Overall, a good raw sounding live album that captures the moment. The vocals are a bit low in the mix, but once your ears adjust, you get a good feeling for the energy of one of their gigs back then. Live and Loud it is! (That makes me sound like Yoda!).
LARS FREDERIKSEN & THE BASTARDS - Viking (Pirates Press Records)
This is a re-release by Pirates Press Records of the original on Hellcat Records way back in 2004. When this landed in my ‘inbox’ to review I was very keen to give this CD another go as my impressions of it way back in 2004 were not that great. As we get older our tastes in music may become more refined and what we once found unappealing may now be tolerable or even enjoyable......of course that works both ways.
Anyways I just remember that way back when this was first released it quite simply did not hit the spot with me and it would be unfair of me to try and make my reasoning for that now as I cant recall but I know it got just a few plays on my computer before it became reformatted data.......
So what do I think of it now 13 years later?... Well I have been playing it for a week on my iphone on my commutes back and forth from work and too be fair I have really enjoyed it. The opening track ‘bastards’ is reminiscent of Rancid and that aint a bad thing at all. Tim helped lars a lot on this album and it does show. Its a great opening track and is followed by ‘skins, punx and drunks’ a turbo paced track that had me nodding my head in fast sync much to the annoyance of the passengers sitting next to me. the next track ‘fight’ is another great fast punk number.... so that's 3 tracks straight from the off that I would play on repeat. The next two tracks though ’1%’ and ‘switchblade’ lower the tempo considerably but ‘switchblade’ has a brilliant bass line and it is this that keeps me listening as I am just not a great fan of lyrical ‘soul searching’ and this track is certainly that.... The next track, oh boy, what can I say about this ...lol... it is a cover of Shakin Stevens ‘marie marie’...nuff fuckin said !...lol......Ok let me be honest years ago when I heard it I thought it was a pisstake but perhaps i have mellowed in my age because it is actually a really great version and yes I enjoyed it but how the fuck can I ever ‘Shake’ that Stevens guy image out of my head when I listen to it?... clearly my childhood was tainted by denim and quiffs..lol.... The next track ‘Little rude girl’ soon picks up the punk riffs again and its a really catchy track that reminded me a lot of the stateside group Noi!se and gets me tapping my feet again. The next track ‘maggots’ is an absolute gem and certainly stands out from the rest of the album. It has a driving psychobilly riff throughout and if like me you was ever a fan of the Nekromantix then you will love this track..... The following track ‘mainlining murder’ has some interesting lyrics in what appears to be a broken down relationship, the clue is in lyrics about cutting her up and wrapping her pieces in a shower curtain, perhaps the track is based on a serial killer, I dunno as I havent bothered reading up any info on the lyrics but if its not then I suggest ladies never to piss Lars off..lol...clever lyrics though and the track is well composed. ..... Next up is another absolute gem and it is another cover but thankfully not shakin fuckin stevens... it is a cover of Anti Nowhere League - ‘For You’ and it is quite simply superb ! A real joy to hear this version and I am sure the ANL fellas are similarly impressed..... Tim takes over main vocals for the next track ‘My Life’ in his unmistakable drawling style. This track has a very Boston punk sound to it and whilst it may be appealing to many it just does not appeal to me..... the next 3 tracks are again back to great fast punk pace and ‘blind ambition’ could easily be mistaken for a suicidal tendencies’ track although it is just 21 seconds long ! it blends seamlessly into ‘gods of war’ and together the 2 tracks would have made 1 great track.... ‘Streetwise professor’ is a good track with clever lyrics and a great selection of ‘shout outs’...... The final track is another soul searcher and whilst it is undoubtedly from the heart I just cannot listen to much of this style at all especially on a punk album......
In closing I can say I really enjoyed this album and I am pleased that I had the chance to give it another listen after all these years. My dismissal of the album many years ago is now unwarranted and I would certainly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of Rancid or Old Firm casuals. Due to the couple of tracks that I often reached for the ‘skip’ button I knocked a star off but the remaining tracks are so good that I would rate this album as 4 stars.
Enjoyed this one.
LIONS LAW - From The Storm (Contra Records)
Hailing from Paris, FRANCE. Lion’s Law have established themselves on the Oi scene throughout Europe and now the USA.
Singing in English this is their latest release after the excellent OPEN YOUR EYES The album starts of with the Thunderous track SONS OF OI!
As soon as the Bass line kicks in you know it’s gonna be a belter. Catchy guitars and a singalong chorus. You don’t get many modern Oi songs sounding better. “WE WILL NEVER GIVE IT UP. EVEN IF TIME TURNS THE CLOCK. WE WILL LIVE ANOTHER DAY. THE SONS OF OI ARE HERE TO STAY”
The lyrics sums it up nicely in my opinion!
The 2nd track OTHERWISE has a hard Rock n Roll feel to it. But it’s still a catchy track nonetheless!
LAST TRAIN HOME carries on with a fast melodic pace.
GIVE BACK THE GLORY has a RANCID feel to it. Fast guitars and lyrically a nod to past glories. Mentioning tracks from LAST RESORT, THE BUSINESS, BLITZ, REJECTS & PTTB. Oh for the good old days????
WAY OF LIFE is my favourite. Streetpunk at its best. Powerful guitars and catchy lyrics LIAR is one hell of an angry track. A song about one of life’s losers!
WATTIES vocals remind me of SUCKER from OXYMORON/BAD CO.
Which is no bad thing to me!
Musically the band are getting better with each release.
An album full of powerful melodies, powerhouse drums and bass!
A must have release 5/5
MENACE - London Stories (Violated Records)
Originally London 77 punks, about 10 years ago Menace suddenly turned into a Streetpunk/Oi! band. It was a bit odd but the music was still pretty good. I saw them live recently and thought these guys were great. If you like UK Subs/Gundog/Bottlejob/Crown Court then you'll dig this. Good stuff.
MOB MENTALITY - Carry on Tradition ()
I approached this review with a bit of trepidation as this is another American band that I didn’t know anything about but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. From what I know this is Mob Mentality’s first album, although they’ve previously released an EP, as a debut album it’s pretty good, well made with a great sound. A great guitar sound with some well-done solos, great trucking along drums, rough, hoarse vocals & my favourite a nice rumbling bass sound, they’re all mixed together to give a good sound. It’s not overly produced, has a great foot tapping beat all the way through but manages to keep a little bit of a rough edge, the tracks are pretty well done with just enough to make each one slightly different. The stand out track for me is ‘Coward’ it has all the parts I mentioned earlier, I especially like the bassline on this track & it moves along at a fair pace without crossing the line into hardcore territory. If you like American Oi! bands such as Victory, Patriot, The Bruisers then I’m pretty sure you’ll like this, if you want to check out Mob Mentality their earlier stuff is available on Bandcamp but I’d say get hold of a copy of this. Happily give this 3 stars, for fans of American Oi! probably 4 stars.
NEWTOWN NEUROTICS - ? (Violated Records)
SEGREGATES - Burston (Cleopatra)
This is just theft. Segregates haven't just stolen the Motorhead song book they've absorbed it into their conscious.
I'm all for bands playing homage to their heroes but in this day an age you really need something to stand out from the crowd and sadly "Burston" (Named after deceased Motorhead guitarist Wurzel, it was his real surname) doesn't have it!!
On the plus side if you love said 'Head then you'll love this more than soup.
Segs sound better on the slightly slower numbers like stand out ditty "Miss B Having"
Just to join up all the dots and so you have a picture of Mr Kilmister the final track is even a MH cover of "Riding With the Driver" (Orgasmatron) Did I mention they like Motorhead?
Not bad, not good, not much else to say
THE STRUGGLE - Endless (Pirate Press / Contra)
For those unfamiliar with the STRUGGLE. They started as a side project with various members of North East UK punk bands (Crashed Out, Gimp Fist, Major Accident) who wanted to play and sound different to their own bands.
They’ve played live all over the place and are a band in their own right now. If it’s a small gig or a festival they give it 100%!
The album has a mix of Streetpunk, Hardcore Punk, NYHC & old fashioned rock with Chris Wilson’s unique Geordie vocals!
Angry and aggressive are two words to sum up this record Highlights......
Expose the truth - a powerful hardcore track. Reminds me of a UK82 band.
Break Out - favourite track by far. Catchy Streetpunk anthem with solid baseline and cracking guitars.
Starting Out - A love story! Catchy Singalong chorus with a powerful rock guitar riff!
Our Time - Could be straight off a Crashed Out album. A song about loyalty and how they got to where they are now!
Geordie Aggro - Hardcore style song about Geordie life of drinking the brown stuff and having a ruck!
Overall a powerful energetic album from a genuinely decent bunch of lads.
Give it a listen.
Released by Pirate Press over the pond in the USA and by Contra in Europe
TOP DOG - Razor Reg (Rebellion Records / Longshot Music)
Classic 80's British Oi! in the same vein as The 4Skins. With his Gary Hodges style vocals Top Dog blast through 4 streetpunk classics that are sure to impress. Fans of classic 80's British Oi! will love this one, all killer no filler
VARIOUS - NYC Oi Fest Vol 1 (United Oi!)
Having never previously been a live music cd fan i was keen to give this NYC Oi fest vol 1
a listen to see if it would change my way of thinking.
First band up was CRIMINAL INTENT with 4 tracks,
with an typical american Oi sound but still quite good to listen to
, musically sound and with gruff vocals,i found myself tapping along to it nicely.
Also included was a cover of A diehards track from the british 80, s early Oi/Rac band " we aint scared of no one". Love this track personally
but im sure will upset some of the More oversensitive fans of "oi"
the rest is Fast paced stuff that will get any rowdy oi and skinheads going down the front.
Sounds familar to other us bands ive heard before but non the less decent listening
Next up was the Classy PARA ELITE who ive had the pleasure to listen to previously and found there stuff great.
Starting off with a blistering " do you feel alright" by blitz/ mixed with hang the bankers, it set the tone for
a cracking set by them. Whos to blame, when we where young and battle cry followed in typical para elite style.
Hard hitting and straight to the point.Must say the sound quality was decent for a live recording and doesnt disappoint.
FIRST STRIKE id never listened to before and here they offered 4 tracks for this compilation, Not my favourite from this compilation
but decent enough stuff, hard hitting lyrics , and a raw sound from a raw band who along with the templars and oxblood
have been around for many years. But Still have that sound like they did in the early 90,s. And on this album wont disappoint there followers.
The WRONG DOERS from Helsinki, finland have 5 tracks on offer and play great skinhead rock that has Impressed me, great vocals and music,
and although i know very little about them, on this performance id recommend anyone giving them a listen. stand out song on their set for me was "what went wrong"
in my opinion the 5 tracks are all belters and this band wasnt put on the bill to fill in the gaps, cause they was as good as the rest if not better
then a couple of them ;)
OFFENSIVE WEAPON i read are Members of Oxblood, Frontline Soldiers, First Strike, Fed Up, and Sons of Liberty which cannot be a bad thing
as they are all good well known bands in their own right. So was keen to have a listen , really great intro building into the first song hasta la vista
with the singer urging the crowd to " come on" is a Nice fast paced track which im sure got the crowd jumping around at the front.This track was split with face the death
which is also a fast paced stomper and by far my fave track of the set by them.really impressed with these and the other 2 tracks legion of 76 and fighting for your life.
No need to introduce the mighty SKINFULL from coventry , they was originally called the Aids before they went under the monkiker skinfull, and have 2 tracks here
which skinfull fans will love, my only gripe here is that they only get 2 tracks on this cd and are far more worthy of more space on any Oi compilation.
anyway 2 good tracks to grace this decent compilation. Enjoy!!
A decent listen and ill give it a 4 out of 5
VAS DEFERENS - The Truth Will Be Our Freedom (self released)
This is a band totally new to me, from London and playing good old no frills punk rock, this release is only digital I'm afraid and has 12 tracks plus 5 extra tracks from and e.p that was previously released "Heads Held High" What do you get? well like I said good old punk rock, well played and well thought out, the locals are really clear and you can here whats been sung, the band are pretty tight with some really great guitar work and some top drumming. The songs are all good medium paced stuff with plenty of good riffs and good singalong chourus, good stuff!
My favourite tracks on this release were "Smokin Gun", "Same Old Shit", "Failure and Glory" but in all honesty they are all pretty decent. 17 tracks for £4 quid is bloody good value, it's just a pity that the band have no label to release this little beauty, well worth a punt in my opinion.
VARIOUS - Rebellion - A Punk Movie ()
It is a review of the REBELLION FESTIVAL , BLACKPOOL (The greatest punk festival in the world!) and it was made over 3 years.
2014 to 2016.
Each disc has interviews with the Bands/Artists who perform and videos of them performing on the various stages.
It’s a real eclectic mix covering the less well known new bands and also the long established household names.
Highlights of Disc 1 are the interviews with WATTIE from EXPLOITED, STEVE IGNORANT & THE PARANOID VISION & LEE WILSON From INFA RIOT talking about the early days of OI!
Music wise we have some amazing tracks which highlight how good these bands are live.
HENRY CLUNEY’s “Almost Acoustic” rendition of BARBED WIRE LOVE had all the audience joining in.
The ADICTS smashing through STEAMROLLER.
CHOKING SUSAN going manic singing IM NOTHING.
SUBHUMANS delivering a sermon on the Cosmetic Industries use of animals in testing called EVOLUTION. The crowd go crackers for it.
INFA RIOT blasting out YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET with LEE WILSON looking as angry as he can!
HUGH CORNWALL and his band do an class rendition of DUCHESS.
COCK SPARRER showing why they are top of tree singing SPIRIT OF 76.
HER COMES THE NEW PUNK - book available from Step 1 ()website
If you want a definitive encylopedia of oi! and the gritter side of punk, then this is for you. In fact if you have any interest in the punk & oi scene then I would highly recommend this book. It is a truly fascinating read, and as you go along you find yourself being reminded of long forgotten memories and in some cases finding out about things you never knew. After the introduction, the book starts with a history of this genre, going back to the much-debated roots. Then moving forward to the 80’s, and all the things that went with the times. Part 3 of the book is an A-Z of bands. It pulls no punches with the bands it features, which is the way it should be. Yes it features Skrewdriver, Public Enemy and Indecent Exposure etc but so what? To miss them and other bands that may offend some people out would be wrong. These bands existed, therefore it is part of history and history should be acknowledged and not changed. There are also band that are polar opposite such as Oppressed, Oi Polloi and Angelic Upstarts, and then the majority of bands that lie somewhere in-between, as do most oi! fans. Within each band bit there is a discography, which then leads on nicely for me to tell you what part 4 is.. labels (some sorely missed) and compilations. Part 5 moves onto the world-wide scene, and then part 6 moves to the 90’s and beyond (although the A-Z features many bands from the past 20 years) plus there is also an update at the end. This book is an essential read and makes you proud to be part of such an English genre.
UK SUBS + FIRST WAVE - Leicester, Musician (Dec 2017)
Persons unknown have told me that I was far to critical of the Subs in my recent review of their 40th anniversary show. So...l decided to travel to Leicester to give them another chance.
Support for this evening came from locals(?) 'First Wave' A band I found to be totally second rate.
25 minutes in & the crowd had stirred less than Fanny Craddocks spoon, in fact the crowd only got excited for First Wave when Charlie Harper appeared on stage to add some harmonica to another forgettable track.
The songs had less hooks than a forgetful fisherman's boat and the band are a walking punk rock cliche. How many songs do we need called 'Strummer' in the world?
The other thing that pissed me off with the naff support band is that I couldn't get served at the bar as it was packed.....
Onto the Subs who I can confirm redeemed themselves in this microwave box of a venue where I was put on cook for a full 50 minutes.
Charlie and co served up a treat. The set had the dead wood removed from the A to Z night and the hits were reinserted.
Ping! The show flew by and the 50 minutes ended with "New York State Police" and I was officially done.
UK Subs...Piping hot.
UK SUBS - Nuneaton, Queens Hall (16/11/17)
The setting for this gig was the West Midlands town of Nuneaton which is famous for………………………………
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