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Month: February 07
999 - 999 (Captain Oi Records)website
It’s pretty hard to be objective about the debut album from 999, because their eponymously titled opening collection is quite simply one of the most perfectly rounded and complete punk debuts ever.
Quite why they never achieved huge chart success is a mystery to me, although bad management played a part. What is on offer though is a series of stunning and sparkling punk rock fireworks that (pardon the analogy) continue to explode into space with dazzling results.
From front man Nick Cash’s sleazy vocal hiss that builds to a scream, the incandescent lead work of Guy Days (perhaps the most adventurous and gifted of all the first wave axe men) the solid and especially expressive bass runs of Jon Watson and the rhythmic powerhouse that was Pablo Labritain ‘999’ is a glorious celebration of all the finest elements of early punk.
From the seminal speed punk of ‘I’m Alive’, ‘No Pity’ and ‘Hit Me’ the urgency of the aptly titled ‘Emergency’ the superb crafting of ‘Me And My Desire’ the infectious choppy riff heaven of ‘Crazy’ the menace and suspense of ‘Titanic (My Over) Reaction’ and the speed core of ‘Nobody Knows’ this is premier league punk always likely to be in the top three of the title race.
Packaged with a lyric booklet and three of their finest early single cuts ‘Quite Disappointing’, ‘Nasty Nasty’ and ‘My Street Stinks’ ‘999’ is quite simply required listening and pretty much an essential purchase.
BLACK MARIAS - Anti-Social Behaviour ()
Debut full length CD from Peterborough's own Black Marias.
Don't know much about the band but judging from the info on their myspace
they have been around the scene for some time.
Having seen the band live recently, I was keen to see if they could deliver
the same punch through my stereo. I needn't have worried!
BLOWFLY - BLOWFLY’S PUNK ROCK PARTY (Alternative Tentacles Records)website
Blowfly is a 61-year-old foul-mouthed dirty old fucker, who like Judge Dread in this country has built a reputation for creating obscene porno-rock, (although as Clarence Reid he’s been responsible for penning hit’s by Sam And Dave, Gwen McRae, Betty Wright and KC And The Sunshine Band)
‘Blowfly’s Punk Rock Party’ sees Mr. Fly and his band re-invent punk classics as X-rated versions. It’s a the perfect party sound, obviously not to be taken seriously, as it’s total nonsense and an admittedly funny joke that wears thin quickly, but who can resist his corruption of songs by the Clash ‘Should I Fuck This Big Fat Ho?’ Black Flag ‘VD Party’, ‘Billy Idol ‘Playing With Myself’ and the Ramones ‘I Wanna Be Felated’.
It’s dumb, juvenile and pretty pointless but only the most puritan punk would take real offence.
BOYS - THE BOYS (Captain Oi Records)website
Captain Oi’s digi-pack series unearths another bonifide first generation punk classic in the shape of the debut from London based The Boys.
Originally released in September 1977, as the first of a naïve five album deal with NEMS records The Boys had the looks, hooks, riffs and tunes in all the right places, although ultimately never reached the dizzying heights of fame.
Their utterly memorable fusing of pop and early rock’n’roll combined with classic punk rock and a superb front man to produce one of the finest punk debuts. Record company problems and accusations that they weren’t 100% the real thing damaged their reputation early on, and their fondness for The Beatles (whose obscure ‘I Call Your Name’ they cover here with aplomb) was a kiss of death back in the purist days of punk’s year zero.
That apart ‘The Boys’ stands the test of time well, with it’s enthralling collection of thrilling period pieces still able to hit all the right targets. ‘Sick On You’, ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘No Money’, ‘First Time’, ‘Kiss Like A Nun’ and ‘Cop Cars’ and more plus five bonus tracks and a great package allow the whole collection to automatically be filed under classic. But you probably knew that already? If not grab it and discover why.
CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES - Blarney Stoner (Fiver Deal Records)website
Before I go any further read the 2nd review first below this one, (or if this one is 2nd ignore the last bit!!) that gives a bit of background to the man. Right you back yet, no, what about now? O.K. I’ll start with the review. 2nd offering from Captain Hotknives and it’s even funnier than the 1st one. The title refers, or should that be reefers, to someone who talks a lot when stoned, which is something that the man himself sounds like he’s very good at. ‘Scuffer Shoes’ kicks off the c.d. and is a tale of woe from when kids who’s parents had no money had to kit their offspring out in handouts from the social- unlike the nike/addidas wearing chavs today. ‘Prejudiced Wildlife’ sees the lions at war with the cheetahs and polar bears fighting with penguins. If I thought the 1st one(The Pigeons Told Me To Shop Lift) was good this one pisses all over it. At times the Capt. Is reminiscing about a hard childhood, all still with a smile, then praising the wonders of Guinness then onto vicious chickens and being left in Ikea overnight, the ideas this man has are worrying, worrying but hilarious at the same time. ‘Hunters vs Twoccers’ is a song about an idea that should be spoke about in parliament. Hunters want to hunt, twoccers want to be chased, combine the 2 easy really!! After a few more songs the best is saved for last, ‘One Good Thing About Buckfast’- a country and western style shouty song about the wonders of drinking, not that I can relate to that honest!!!. Right I said to go buy the other c.d. and go see him live well this just kicks the point home. GET OFF YOUR ARSE AND SEE A GENIUS AT WORK. Go to www.captainhotknives.co.uk and read the pigeon diary or www.myspace.com/captainhotknives to hear a few of the songs before you buy them, you know you want to-YES YOU DO!!!
CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES - The Pigeons Told Me To Shoplift (Fiver Deal Records)website
Every now and again I happen to be in various states of drunkenness and sparks of brilliance appear on stage, the other Sunday was a point in case. A Sunday night in Leeds and a man with an acoustic guitar, setlist written all over his arms and some of the funniest songs I’ve ever heard in my life. Straight from the dark streets of Bratfud Captain Hotknives brings you songs of life, drugs, growing up and weird situations all with a twisted perspective. ‘Shabby Muffin’ about the crap food you can buy on a train journey for £1.50, ‘Mushroomz’ about everyone’s favourite fungus and ‘Glue’ an ode to solvent abuse fly by and will bring a huge smile to your face as everything said is true. More tunes go by and you will laugh out loud, even if you’re in the house by yourself, and I found myself almost crying to the last line of ‘Jimi Hendrix Won’t Help You With Your Maths Exams’ Unlike going to see the man live there is drums and harmonica and other instrumentation backing what has got to be some of the best 12 songs ever written. Imagine Half Man Half Biscuit without the droning Scouse accent or John Otway without the heavy metal bits with a touch of Frank Sidebottom without the papier mache and you’re not even halfway to the genius behind this. It’s rare for Yorkshire to come up with anything as clever as this but Captain Hotknives should be up there with the best of ‘em. Now here’s the best bit the c.ds are only £6 from the website www.captainhotknives.co.uk including postage and packaging but you are encouraged to copy it for your mates to spread the word, so a few of you can get together and buy this for next to nowt. Don’t take my word for it get out and buy this now, go see the man live and put a smile on your bloody miserable faces.
CLASH - THE SINGLES (SONY/BMG)website
This fascinating complete singles collection, available in either 7’’ or CD version (that includes a plethora of bonus 12’’ and promo versions of tracks from European and American only versions of their singles) all comes spruced up in facsimile sleeves of the original releases.
Taking us back to a time when the 7’’ was king, The Clash were masters of the medium releasing some of the most potent material on the format all of which are included here.
From the incendiary call to arms that was their opening gambit back in 1977 ‘White Riot’, through their calling card, the explosive ‘Complete Control’ onto their white reggae masterpiece that is ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’ the overpowering intensity of ‘London Calling’ the mutant dub-meets-funk of ‘This Is Radio Clash’ the fortune telling hit that was ‘Rock The Casbah’ and the glorious closing moment for the band and listener in the poignant ‘This Is England’.
19 singles in total (including the free NME ‘Capital Radio’EP) makes for a glorious selection from arguably the greatest rock’n’roll band in history, packaged with a 44 page mini-book that gives an impression of just what the band meant to people as diverse as Irvine Welch, Ian Brown, Shane MacGowan and Pete Townshend.
The collection is a sometimes edgy, often frightening but always exhilarating soundtrack of the period when for less than a decade The Clash produced not only essential and groundbreaking albums but absolutely vital singles.
If you’ve any understanding or grasp of punk these songs will be as intimate to you as the back of your hand, if you’re too young or too dumb to not be familiar your education starts here.
D.O.A - BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED (SUDDEN DEATH RECORDS)website
Originally released in 1983 as a 19 track sampler of Canadian punk legends D.O.A,’s output to date from their emergence in 1978, the whole thing has been re-mastered and now finds a re-release via the bands own Sudden Death Records.
D.O.A. are absolutely masters at combining the rough’n’tumble assault with the fiery vitality of hardcore and ‘Bloodied But Unbowed’ perfectly proves the point.
Cut after cut of unfussy hardcore punk vies for your attention as it batters home it’s powerful authority, although they never descend to the lowest common denominator, instead they pump out a series of robust melody sodden rockers.
The statement of intent that is the unforgettable opener ‘New Age’ makes way for a sustained attack of appealing classic hardcore in the shape of ‘’Smash The State’, ‘Slumlord’, ‘I Don’t Give A Shit’ (credited as ‘Vancouver Punk Trad’), ‘World War 3’, ‘The Enemy’, ‘Fucked Up Ronnie’ and closer the frantic blast of ‘D.O.A.’
An unheralded classic collection of the earlier days of their illustrious career.
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR - Friends, Family, Forever (Bridge 9 Records)website
Boston band play hardcore in the same vein as Agnostic Front, Madball etc and form the first track this really gives your speakers a hammering. Fast, loud and brutal is probably the best way to describe this and a band that would have any pit going mad wherever they play. The 16 tracks on here are the bands 6 song e.p. released a few years back along with an unreleased song from the same session plus 2 songs from a limited edition split 7” and a 6 song live set from the now sadly defunct CBGB’s. The only downside to this is quite a few of the songs sound very much alike and if it wasn’t for the gaps in the tracks you may think you are listening to the same track more than once. The live tracks aren’t the best recordings in the world but they do show the band can achieve the same sound live. Fans of hardcore could do a lot worse than checking this out. For more details go to www.DEATHB4DISHONOR.com
DREADFUL CHILDREN - Dot To Dot (Street Anthem Records)website
This album starts and finishes with an instrumental (intro and outro) which could easily be passed off as The Toy Dolls. The rest of the album is a mix of Toy Dolls, GBH, DOA and dare I say slightly Motorhead. It's lively, catchy as fuck with plenty of singalong bits. One song "Elephants" (no not Nelly, pink ones on parade) is pure Toy Dolls but with an almost Jello Biafra vocal style, while "Roy to the Oi Oi" is er melodic oi which sounds like someone else but I just can't put my finger on it, no hang on, got it, Resistance 77 coz the next track "Innocent" is quite similar. Anyhow while this band arn't doing anything new or original they can play and play well and have to go in the list of bands I'd like to see live, pure punk entertainment. I forgot to mention they're from Seattle, no grunge here though.
ESCLAVES SALARIES - Ca Augure Mal (Fire And Flames Records)website
12 tracks of slightly odd sounding French Oi, what I mean by odd is eve though the press release tells me they are an Oi band the disc starts with a ska track. No seeing as my French could n’t even by me a drink I have no idea what the band are singing about but the do sound a bit angry on some of the tracks. The second track ‘PSC’ has a tune reminiscent of The Abrasive Wheels and stands out from most of the other tracks although ‘Histoire De Skinhead’ would get any self respecting Oi fan off their feet. I’m still undecided about this one and even after playing this all day I can’t decide whether I like it or not, the tunes aren’t too bad, the vocals are ok there’s just something missing. For more stuff about the band go to www.FireandFlames.com
FUCKING TANK - The Day Of Death By Bono Adrenalin Shock (Leprock RecordsJEALOUS RECORDS)website
Another one which doesn't belong here, sort of experimental rock which sounds like they're making it up as they go along and unless you're after a recipie for Cranberry relish which the spoken "Evening in a Body Cafe" is about then give it a miss. Definately not my idea of punk.
GBH - A FRIDGE TOO FAR / FROM HERE TO REALITY / CHURCH OF THE TRULY WARPED (Captain Oi Records)website
In one fell swoop punk re-issue maestro’s Captain Oi re-present the fifth, sixth and seventh albums from the Brummie punk combo.
‘A Fridge Too Far’ their fifth album released in 1988, saw the band mark their first decade together with a collection that although suffering slightly from a weak production job, found them still able to raise the rafters with their own battering ram punk/metal assault.
Front man Colin Abrahall always possessed one of the most distinctive voices of the neu-punk crowd; an amalgam of anguished wails and cool growl. As ever the riff’n’run power-punk holds little surprises although there’s a definite attraction to the authorative aural blasts like ‘Checkin’Out’, ‘When Will It End’, ‘The Fist Of Regret’ and the punk boogie of ‘Needle In A Haystack’. Three bonus cuts in the shape of The Rezillos’ ‘No’ The Lurkers ‘I’m On Heat’ and bizarrely Alex Harvey’s ‘Last Of The Teenage Idols’ are given the GBH treatment to close proceedings on an oddly entertaining note.
For their sixth album ‘From Here To Reality’ originally released in 1990 GBH upped the tempo and went for a more no-thrills blend of pile driving direct punk with the occasional thrash metal edge. Nearer to their original sound than some might imagine the back line heavy production suits the aggressive no-nonsense attack of ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’, ‘Mass Production’, ‘Dirty Too Long’, ‘Don’t Leave Your Honey Down The Pits’ and the pulverizing onslaught of the title track. Notable for it’s closing hillbilly music pastiche ‘Moonshine’ that displays a surprising versatility, there’s a bonus three demo cuts also included.
‘Church Of The Truly Warped’ their seventh album released in 1992, is generally regarded as one of the most obscure releases, semi-disappearing on release, as the band were spending most of the early 90s touring Europe. Featuring the best production job of the three re-issues and, dare I say it, a more cocksure swagger most noticeable in cuts like ‘Leather Coffin’, the perfectly formed sonic strike of ‘Candy Man’, the intense thrash metal of the title track and possibly the best of the bunch the punchy rocker ‘Evil Evar’ and with three bonus cuts it hits all the right targets with ease sounding convincing throughout and paving the way ahead for a band destined for the long haul.
HASTA LA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB - Inhale The Evil (Drop Out Family records)website
Before I go any further can we have a round of applause for the best band name of the month, if you don’t know about the play on words with this bands moniker you need to have a look at a certain band from Cuba. I think the band are from Finland but I’m only assuming this so if I’m wrong let me know, although all songs are in English so they could be form down my road for all I know. 10 tracks of fast shouty streetpunk with the odd more tuneful slower track thrown in. The band have America influences all over them but they don’t sound like any one band in particular but the lead breaks are reminiscent of Social Distortion at times. A good album from a band I know very little about and one that are well worth checking out. For more details go to www.dropoutfamily.com/hastalavistasocialclub
HEDRONS - Heatseeker (Measured Records)website
1 track video and 1 track audio promo from this all girl band from Glasgow. The video sees that band atop a building playing with projections of the band on the surrounding towerblocks. I wouldn’t say the band are typically punk although they are from from Girls Aloud, more Sleeper or Echobelly sounding indie/brit-pop. The band are pretty good musicians but like I said it’s not really punk, if you like mid 90’s sounding indie this could be for you. For more details go to www.thehedrons.com
IAN ASHMAN AND THE BREAKDOWNS - Live From Various Venues 2005/2006 (PIP RECORDINGS)
Sorry folks I can't really give an honest opinion on this as the sound quality is fucking crap, think of the worst Clas/Pistols bootleg you've heard, well this is worse, all I can make out is the guitar and vocals, although it sounds like Johnny Thunders later solo stuff. Their cover of "White Riot" sounds like Terry and the Idiots from that D.O.A film as does "Pills", while "Teenage Warning" just sounds wierd. They could be good, they could be crap but as this is all I've got to go on I'll have to say the latter.
LOS FASTIDIOS - Rebels 'n' Revels (KOB Records)website
Italian band Los Fastidios deserve a medal for the c.d. booklet alone that came with this c.d. how many bands would bother to print the lyrics to their songs in their native language plus English and French, none is the simple answer, so I take my hat off to you for that alone. Now onto the music well some of the songs are in Italian and some are in English but the bottom line is sort of Clash style sing a long streetpunk with faster punk songs chucked in for good measure. Chugging guitars and terrace style anthem abound on here and even if you can’t sing along in the correct language there’s enough ‘woahs’ in the background to join in. I noticed from the press release that as I am writing this the band are playing C.S. Zapata in Genoa tomorrow, have a good time I did when I played there and say hello to Monica and the rest of the Genoa crew. Anyway enough of my ramblings if you want something from a band who obviously believe in spreading their message far and wide and making easy for more people to understand get hold of this there’s something on it for everyone from punk to ska to rock n roll and most thing in between. For more info go to www.losfastidios.com
LOWER CLASS BRATS - THE NEW SEDITIONARIES (TKO Records)website
Austin Texas Lower Class Brats are 80s time warp punks carrying on their self-appointed task to resurrect the ghosts of punk past with their faithful tribute to the class of the early 80s UK scene.
Interestingly Lower Class Brats are far superior musically to their heroes of yore. ‘The New Seditionaries’ is a confident and cocky bluster of a set, with the band piling into a set of 13 strong originals. As equally adept in the chugga-rama department as the melodic punk, where they’re not averse to adding a few rock’n’roll riffs.
It’s a solid and extra competent sound, if a little lacking in real sparkle and real originality, although I doubt they’d care or be unduly concerned by that.
The title track itself takes things even further back to prime, meaty riff heavy Sweet, ‘I’m A Mess’ is a superb example of snotty punk belligerence, whilst ‘See You Go’ sees them firing out a gritty hardcore speed-rocker and the razor sharp athletic assault of ‘Beware’ further demonstrates their versatility with it’s rapid fire riff and pulsating rhythmic base.
Unrelenting and unapologetic punk for punk’s sake.
ON FILE - THE REAL MCOI! (Step-1 Music)website
Scottish skinhead three-piece are able to knock out the occasional decent tune, and if you ignore the banal, although sometimes unintentionally funny, lyrics, there’s the occasional decent enough raw edged attractive number on ‘The Real Mc Oi!’
Coming on like an amalgamation of Sham 69 and Menace, they manage to transcend the limits of a three piece with the odd slice of well formed energetic melodic noise best summed up on ‘Rebel With A Cause’, ‘You Offend Me’, ‘Tired Of Working’, ‘We Are The Same’, ‘Fight In The Dark’ and the autobiographical ‘Birds Don’t Like The Skinheads’.
The odd moment of self-deprecating humour gives the band an edge, and their ability to regularly crank out catchy boisterous rockers means they’ve been able to carve themselves a niche amongst the contemporary skinhead scene. ‘The Real McOi!’ for all its low points has a more than it’s fair share of highs.
REAZIONE - Prohibited (KOB RECORDS)website
14 tracks in all with a video "Antisocial Attitude". This seems to be a bit of a mixed album with 3 covers "Holidays in the Sun" is brilliant, the other two "You shook me all Night Long" and Elvis's "Suspicious Minds" not so good. The album has tracks both in English and Italian and musically it weaves between streetpunk/oi and slower stuff with a funky sound and alternates with male and female vocals. There's a booklet with all the words and some pics of the band.
REJECTED - Fool For A Day- King For A Lifetime (Hell's Tone/Drop Out Family Records)website
Finnish band Rejected play rough sounding streetpunk with a touch of rock n roll lead guitar. Obvious nods toward Agnostic Front, Rancid and maybe Discipline at times shine through and this is good listening. All the songs are in English and you get the words so you can read what the band are on about. 12 tracks fly by in just over 30 minutes and that’s my only complaint- it’s not long enough. For more info go to www.myspace.com/53rejected
RIBZY - ’81 – ’85 RECORDINGS (VINEHELL RECORDS)website
This collection of largely unreleased recordings captures the vitality and intensity of early Californian hardcore in the shape of San Jose area based Ribzy who from 81 to 86 shared the stage with the good, bad and just plain ugly of America’s punk and hardcore scene from Flipper, DOA, Los Olvidados, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Dead Kennedys, JFA, Battalion Of Saints etc and later Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More.
The entertaining sleeve notes capture the heady excitement and chaos of their time together as they constantly change line-ups, set each other alight onstage, have record deals fall through, get pissed and get embroiled in the then burgeoning scene.
The 30 tracks on offer culled from four sessions recorded between 81 and 84 perfectly exemplify the chaotic drive and urgency of the seminal hardcore sound and the willingness of the band to push boundaries. Combining the gritty assault of early Teen Idles/Minor Threat with the aggression of early Black Flag and the inventiveness of Flipper and their own madcap world vision demonstrated on numbers like ‘Fuck Me’, ‘Watching Someone Die’, ‘All Cut Up’, ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Marlon Perkins’
Don’t expect easy listening, as this is a series of crudely crafted, conviction soaked non-careerist honesty. In other words the real thing.
SELF ABUSE - (i Don't Wanna Be A) Soldier (Grand Theft Audio)website
Forming in 1982 in Bournemouth when 4 teenagers who had attended the same school got together-2of them were still there!! The band released an e.p on Radical Change records-the title of the c.d. which turns up every know and again for silly money on the internet. Other than the e.p. this disc features the bands demos from 82,83 and 84 respectively. Musically the band were a bit more musical than there fellow UK82 bands and at times the band sound more like the new bands that appeared in 1978 than say the Exploited etc. According to the booklet the band have got back together and are recording new material, I hope they have a new sound as this, to be perfectly honest sounds quite dated at times. One for completist collectors only I reckon. For more details go to www.selfabuse.co.uk
SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS - DO IT DOG STYLE (Captain Oi Records)website
Forming in April 76 with Glam-rock aspirations, their street wise savvy convinced Malcolm McLaren to book the band as support to The Sex Pistols at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in April 76, a show that as well as supplying the first live outlet for The Buzzcocks would sow the seeds for the later Manchester punk scene.
‘Do It Dog Style’, their debut initially missed the boat not being released until June 1978, but still retains most of its original blistering energy and snotty belligerence.
Opening with their own anthem (and second single) ‘Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone’ a slice of aggressive riff’n’roll, things begin with a boisterous bang. Elsewhere their glam-rock roots come to the fore especially on cuts like the punky r’n’b boogie of ‘Boston Babies’ and their third single, the magnificent ‘Quick Joey Small’ where they’re joined by Mick Ronson on guitar. Although they put in some particularly spirited versions of Lou Reed’s ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’ and The New York Dolls’ ‘Who Are The Mystery Girls’ it’s their own material that shines with its direct and incendiary drive. Cuts like ‘I’m Mad’, ‘You’re A Bore’ and ‘We Don’t Care’ perfectly sum up their attitude and augmented by a no fuss cut and run delivery best exemplify the band. Original album closer (their third single) ‘Dame To Blame’, even in it’s title saw the Dogs looking Stateside for influence, that apart the band were packing a considerable musical punch and proving they could kick out the catchy choruses as well as the jams.
Augmented by the inclusion of their truly thrilling debut ‘Cranked Up Really High’ plus three classic period b-sides ‘Do It Dog Style’ is a startling collection of earth shattering punk rock and glam.
SLEEPING - Questions And Answers (VICTORY RECORDS)website
There's no info with this so you'll have to bear with me. 12 tracks lasting just under an hour of hardcore sounding tunes which meander in and out of the slightly slower songs. If you're into this kind of stuff you'll want to check it out.
STREET DOGS - FADING AMERICAN DREAM (DRT ENTERTAINMENT)website
The third album from The Street Dogs, the band put together by Mike McColgan founding member of fellow Boston band Dropkick Murphys, is quite simply their strongest to date.
From the opener ‘Common People’ where McColgan delivers his vocals with a confidence that only comes from the realization that what you’re producing is something pretty exceptional. The following cut, the autobiographical ‘Not Without A Purpose’ is a slice of anti-war invective wrapped up in an infectious tune.
Throughout it’s plain to see that the band have come along in enormous leaps and bounds on this album, with McColgan’s lyrics that tackle violence at home, and abroad courtesy of the same army he fought alongside in the first Gulf War, his community, and the moral majority increasingly speaking a plethora of common sense truths.
Aligned to this the band have developed as a unit, their melodic power punk sounding better than ever, their celebratory outing for pro-union anthem ‘There Is Power In A Union’ is a particularly gripping moment, whilst they’ve not turned their back on their Irish roots as ‘Tobe’s Got A Drinking Problem’ and ‘Shards Of Life’ prove their glorious grasp of the Celtic medium.
They’re perceptive enough to know where their strength lies and their natural marrying of hardcore, early punk and a melodic immediacy alongside hugely effective hook lines, tunes you can hum and choruses you can punch the air to, means they’ve managed to produce one of the finest punk albums this year.
SUBHUMANS - NEW DARK AGE PARADE (Alternative Tentacles Records)website
Not to be confused with the UK act of the same, Canada’s Subhumans were treading the boards on the North American scene originally from 1978-82 sharing stages with Black Flag, Dead Kennedy’s and Bad Brains, and like a lot of Canadian punk bands their political punk attitude was never a pose with bassist Gerry Hannah spending several years in prison as one of the ‘Vancouver Four’ (Google it)
‘New Dark Age Parade’ is a collection of fourteen new originals that combine the gritty assault of old with a contemporary sharpness, although that’s the only concession they make to modernity. This definitely ain’t MTV punk, instead their powerhouse rhythms and rocking riffs echo the earlier rockier Motorhead, whilst on the choppy punk of ‘Mindless Tough Guy Act’ their sound is reminiscent of a harder edged Rancid.
Throughout though Subhumans perform with verve and engaging spirit that combines their musical maturity with an obvious willingness to push out the boat again. That they succeed so well is testament to their undying commitment to underground punk and their combined talents in still being able to kick out the tunes with a unique power and spirit.
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES - Are We Nearly There Yet? (Overground Records)website
Not a re-issue or long lost tracks but an album that was put together with the help of New York band The Baskervilles, who had a benefit gig that raised the money to record this. So after release from prison what does Dan Treacy, one time genius behind Part Time Punks and others, have to say? Not that much but then again loads all at the same time. Sparse backing on each of the 13 tracks on here show the fragile nature of the man and at times it makes for hard listening- someone brave enough to sing about what they have been through with no bravado or machismo is a rare thing indeed. This c.d will make you think, ‘what the f**k’ and tug on your heart strings in equal measures and imagine if you will the Teletubbies smoking crack and then recording an album about their experiences you would end up with something like this. The track ‘You Are Loved’ is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard and is sheer poetry put to music. Still I can’t see everyone liking this as it is very quirky and almost stripped bare but if you’re after something different, like Television Personalities always were, this could be a worthwhile purchase. For more info go to www.overgroundrecords.co.uk
TEXAS TERRI AND THE STIFF ONES - Eat Shit + 4 (I USED TO FUCK PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN PRISON RECORDS)website
It shows a band or artist are doing well when they (or their record company) re release their early stuff. This is the artist now known as Texas Terri Bomb's first album from 1999 which has already been re released in 2001 as Eat Shit + 1. Anyway if you've not yet had the pleasure Terri and the Stiff Ones have a sound that wouldn't have been out of place in the late 70's America in places like Max's and CBGB's, a mix of Jayne County + New York Dolls with the power and attitude of Iggy Pop, in fact I'm sure someone called her a female Iggy. The 13 tracks from the original album include a cover of the Dictators "Baby Lets Twist" though apart from the odd live one I don't think a band of this quality need to do covers. The + 4 are "Women Should be Wilder" and demos of "Situation" and "Holy Ghost" the 4th being a video of "Oh Yeah".
THEATRE OF HATE - RETRIBUTION OVER THEE – THE LIVE ANTHOLOGY (CASTLE MUSIC)website
When Kirk Brandon put together Theatre Of Hate back in 1980 he was seen by many as the ‘Great White Hope’ of contemporary punk, with his appropriately bleached barnet, and unmistakable and astonishing vocals taking punk into new hitherto uncharted waters.
After leaving behind a formidable and exceptional body of recorded with The Pack (check out their ‘King Of Kings’ single for proof) Brandon pulled together various ex-Pack members to explore new avenues culminating in the double A-side single ‘Original Single/Legion’ late in 1980.
Their stark, haunting sound fuelled by tribalistic rhythms, funk flavoured bass lines and atmospherically ghostly sax are all topped off by Brandon’s soaring vocals (once described as ‘like a penknife scraping steel’)
This double set brings together two live sets one from the Lyceum, London 1981, when TOH were at the height of their powers with the dual passion and power of numbers like ‘My Own Invention, ‘Love Is A Ghost’, ‘Conquistador’, ‘Original Sin’ and ‘Propaganda’ traveling with ease down the years. The recording capturing perfectly the sense of urgency and dark menace prominent within the TOH sound.
The later ‘come-back’ set lacks the conviction or emotion of the early recording coming over devoid of subtlety and cumbersomely rock heavy.
A game of two halves then, that should have been cancelled at half time.
TOTAL CHAOS - 17 Years Of Choas (I USED TO FUCK PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN PRISON)
I suppose this band don't need much of an introduction but if you've never heard them this would be a good place to start, basically they're America's answer to the Exploited, Varukers, Discharge, GBH etc etc and along with the Casualties etc are doing a pretty good job of keeping this early 80's punk sound alive over there and in many other countries. This album isn't just a best of as the title suggests as there are about six new or unreleased tracks here, 28 tracks in all from their previous albums although nothing from "In God we Kill". There's also a bonus multimedia track which isn't on this promo so fuck knows what it is, probably a video anyway. Unless you've got all their albums this is great value for money clocking in at just over 70 minutes.
VARIOUS - The Eastpak Antidote Tour Compilation 2006 (Side One Dummy)website
I hate doing compilation albums, there’s always too many bands to talk about in a few lines on the other hand I love them because it’s a good way of hearing bands I probably wouldn’t have given the time of day to. Bearing in mind I’ve only heard of 3 bands on here I wasn’t sure what to expect, seeing as one of those 3 was the gypsy punks Gogol Bordello. Anyway you get 25 tracks by 25 different bands which vary from sort of punky emo (Energica) via the gypsys I’ve already mentioned to pop (Brandston) to Lost Prophet style pop metal (Disco Ensemble) and back again. Stand out tracks? Well ‘Two Tonights’ by Gigantor wasn’t bad but that’s about all for me. One for the kids I reckon my old and feeble drink and drug riddled brain can’t comprehend more than three chords in 4 bars. For more details go to www.sideonedummy.com
VARIOUS - WHO? WHAT? WHY? WHEN? WHERE? (MORTARHATE RECORDS)website
Originally released in 1983 by Conflict’s Mortarhate label and now released on CD for the first time ‘Who? What?…’ brought together a pretty decent enough cross section of the periods anarcho and punk acts for a comp ostensibly to aid some long forgotten cause.
Most notable for including unavailable elsewhere cuts by Anthrax, in the shape of the superb swansong ‘It’ll Be Alright On The Night’ and the under appreciated sturm and drang of Karma Sutra on ‘It’s Our World Too’ plus tracks from Conflict themselves, Poison Girls, Icons Of Filth, Exit-Stance, Lost Cherrees, Hagar The Womb and the more basic ballsy bluster of Sub Squad, Chaos, Stigma, Know The Drill and Death Zone.
Although there’s the occasional highpoint amongst the youthful exuberance ‘Who? What…’ these days sounds a little thrown together.
VARIOUS - BRATS ON THE BEAT (Go Kart RecordsGO KART RECORDS)website
As oddly entertaining as it is bizarre, ‘Brats…’brings together various members of contemporary Yank punk acts with kid backing vocals by the Gabba Gabba Heys as an antidote to the curse of Barney (a dead ringer vocally for Jello Biafra – I’ve always thought!), The Wiggles etc for all punk fan parents.
Consequently various vocalists from Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, The Donnas, Bouncing Souls, Dwarves, Queens Of The Stone Age, Adolescents, TSOL plough through a series of Ramones classics to greater and lesser effect.
I’m pretty sure young kids will go wild it, and it’s so much more to be welcomed than the insipid faux-punk of Busted or McFly. Get em young, and they’ll stay punk for life.
VARIOUS - GODFATHERS OF L.A. PUNK – TODAY IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AGAIN AMERICA! (SIAMESE DOGS RECORDS)website
Despite the terrible unrepresentative cover of some kind of mohawked monster, ‘Godfathers…’ brings together a rash of seminal early seventies American proto-punk acts alongside Iggy Pop And The Stooges whose wild antics and back to basics rock’n’roll paved the way for punk rock.
From the seminal raucous raw-assed molten blasts of The Stooges ‘I Got A Right’ through the quirky and distinctive sax punctuated work of The Max Lazer Band, the wild and willfully offensive metal proto-punkers ‘The Weasels’ through to The Controllers, who’s claim to fame was that Californian punk legends The Weirdos covered their ‘Neutron Bomb’, the proto new-wave of The Attitude and the weird shit of the Nu Americans.
It’s more a historically interesting collection than a listeners delight though, as the spirit of adventure, defiance and rock’n’roll rebellion don’t that often make good bedfellows. Amongst the chaos and dirty rock’n’roll excesses there are the occasional shafts of inspiration not least The Weasals’dumbass ‘Beat Her With A Rake’.
The original howl in the machine.
VARUKERS - STILL BOLLOX BUT STILL HERE (Captain Oi Records)website
Formed in Leamington Spa in 1979, The Varukers first came to wider acclaim via their early 80s singles most notably their debut EP ‘Protest And Survive’ a raw sonic blast that took more than a leaf out of the Discharge book of songwriting. The accusations of Discharge plagiarism abounded, but for a lot of people, myself included, couldn’t give a stuff as long as they kept producing their searing and powerful hardcore. Operating on a tiny budget compared to Discharge meant that a lot of their singles tended to sound too tinny and under produced. That fact was quite possibly in the mind of front man Rat (now leading from the front in Discharge as well!) when the band decided to re-form in 1993 and whilst waiting for a new release, decided to crank out this set of re-recordings of their eighties singles.
What you get is the originals given a clean coat of paint and ECT treatment. Classic cuts like ‘Led To The Slaughter’, ‘Die For Your Government’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Be A Victim’, ‘Protest And Survive’, ‘Stop The Killing’, ‘No Masters No Slaves’ and many more (plus four CD bonus tracks) that take the original versions and crank the power up to the max to create an exhilarating and thrilling ride.
An exceptional collection from the masters of D-Beat!
VARUKERS - ONE STRUGGLE ONE FIGHT (Captain Oi Records)website
The debut full lengther from Midlands hardcore punk meisters The Varukers was a particularly stunning calling card, disposing of most of the opposition on it’s initial release in 1984, with it’s sheer intensity and unmerciful full-on sonic assault.
Originally released on their own ‘Liberate Records’ after a release with Mortarhate fell through, at the time the band very effectively keeping a foot each in the anarcho and neu-punk scenes, their lyrics a damning indictment of war, state and animal experimentation were certainly palatable enough to the anarcho crowd whilst their consistent fire-storm of noise kept those moshing in the pit happy.
Today, although lacking a little in the production department, ‘One Struggle…’still retains it’s power and undeniable attraction and with their equally as vital ‘Massacred Millions’ included in it’s entirety here the whole album is rendered a pretty essential purchase for anyone wanting to sample first class 80s hardcore in it’s authentic raw state.
VERBAL WARNING - A Kick In The Verbals (Global Warning records)website
Verbal Warning were one of the first punk bands in the Notts area with the line up on this c.d. finishing what the original band never completed.12 tracks of old school punk but with topics relevant to today which chugs away pleasantly if a bit too nice for me. Don’t get me wrong there’s loads of bands that play the old school game and Verbal Warning are far from the worst of ‘em but at times I think the band sound a little laboured, still it’s better than emo and the band do have some good things to say. I especially liked the track ‘Concentration Crisis’ a song about chatting someone up and wondering what your next move will be. The last track is the autobiographical John Denver song ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ for those who don’t know he died in a plane crash, in his own plane I might add-ooh the irony. All in all not the best not the worst but ultimately it’s all been done so many times before I’ll give it a miss thanks. For more details go to www.verbalwarninguk.com
ZIPS - Guitars 4 Hire (Tenement Toons)website
27 years after recording their first single Glasgow band The Zips finally release their debut album. The band formed in the 70’s only to split up in the 80’s and then reform in the noughties, mainly due to bootleg and internet bidding wars. The band are still firmly old school punk and this wouldn’t have sounded out of place back in the 70’s and it’s stripped back to basics rock n roll punk all the way. The press release says that ‘living-proof that there’s life after techno,emo and Saga Radio’ I wonder how long it will be before Saga plays punk? I mean it is getting on a bit now int’ it but just like The Zips there’s life in the old dog yet. Available from Avalanche Records, The Zips website and online at CD Baby and emubands.com Go to www.thezips.com for more details
DEVLISH PRESLEY - Hammer Horror Glamour (THE HOLD)website
One track DVD filmed at the Exchange in Edinburgh on 14/10/05. Sleazy rock and roll which sounds like a cross between T Rax and the Cramps. Pretty powerful stuff to say there's only two of them (and a drum machine or whatever they're called nowadays). A guy and a girl, bass and guitar sharing vocals. It's hard to give an overall opinion with just one song but you can check out the video for yourself on their website.
DEVO - Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (WIENER RECORDS)
I think most people would agree that Devo weren't really a punk band, call it new wave or whatever but they were certainly unique, well here they are plant pot hats (or energy domes as they call them) yellow boiler suits 'n' all playing to an absolutly massive crowd (most of who look like they are too young to remeber Devo first time round) in Tokyo 2003. They play all their greatest hits and more. Now while I don't really like their music I recon anyone who does will love this DVD which has extras of interviews, the band shopping in Japan and an ultra rare target video from 1980.
NEW YORK DOLLS - All Dolled Up (WIENERWORLD)
For anyone into the Dolls or anyone curious as to what all the fuss was about then this is a must have. Documentary shot over 3 years by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck which follows the band round various venues such as Max's and the Whiskey and most of it's surprisingly good quality even if it's black and white and as well as the documentary there's 2 or 3 full songs from 5 of the venues featured in the documentary. OK so they wern't punk as we know it today (they split up in 1975) but it's easy to see why they influenced so many of the early punk bands as well as the glam metal bands of the late 80's.
SHANE MCGOWAN STORY - If I Should Fall From Grace (WEINERWORLD)
Some of you may have already seen this as it was on TV a while back. Anyway this is basically Shane's life story as told by the man himself as well as his parents, aunt, girlfriend and many friends with loads of live footage from his early punk days with the Nips (or Nipple Erectors), obviously the Pogues, right up to more recent performances with the Popes. As with most DVDs you get the usual extras, Shane chatting to Paul Simonon, a sing a long option, Phil Chevron interview, Nick Cave interview and extended Shane interviews and outakes. It's an interesting, funny and entertaining look at the worlds most talented pisshead.
STRANGLERS - Live 78 Sf (WEINERWORLD)website email
Filmed on the Stranglers first US tour in San Fransisco in 1978, this is the Stranglers at their best although as you would expect due to it's age the picture quality isn't the best (almost black and white), the other downside is only 7 songs "Burning up Time", "Dagenham Dave", "Bring on the Nubiles", "Dead Ringer", "Hangin Around", "London Lady" and "Get a Grip on Yourself" the latter being the music only played over the credits, so in my opinion if this is a full priced DVD then it's a bit of a rip off unless of course you're a die hard Stranglers fan, if on the other hannd the price reflects the quality and quantity then it's well worth checking out.
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OUTL4W - Blackpool, Riffs (19/1/7)
Teenage Outl4w opened this evening with 30 minutes of frenzied schoolage
CASUALITIES & BURN SUBVERT DESTROY - London, Underworld (9/2/7)
Well in london tonight for the casualities and as ever outside the underworld loads of punx swilling back on the cider !! ready for the new york punx !! ok i get inside to find out that rawpower are not playing because of the weather conditions well that bad news but hay the casulaites are here !! ok burn are up first and as ever ripp into the set and as i seen them last night same set but as ever a band on top form and the london kids loved em me to , ok them finish and come back on with a few more songs as there only to bands tonight !! time for a quick beer and the casualities hit the stage !! with loads of casulaities army , being shouted !! yet again same set but even faster and better , one top band, and on top form as they have been on tour since the begining of january !! a brill not at the underworld and to top bands !! up the punx
THE CASUALITIES & THE HYEANS&B.S.D&RIOT SQUAD - Sheffield, Plug (8/2/7)
Well hot on the trail of punk as ever and tonight i am in shefflied to see the casualities , well looking forward to it !! its a well packed shop tonight as the hyeans a local band hit the stage with there fast hitting , punk rock , it reminds me of badbrains meets broken-bones shit hot !! and a lot of the kids love it me to !! a great set by these local lads !!ok burn subvert destroy up next from this town to and as ever they are on form a great band they will doing some dates with the lower class brats in june , so go see them you will not be disappointed as they ripp into the set , and do not forget burn stupid what a track !! good set by these lads, ok riot squad up next with what can i say but one cracking set as ever , that includes , riot squad,life cycle,police power,no heroes,wasted,and a classic society’s fodder !!!! a one cracking set !! , ok the casualities are up next and i saw this band the first time back in 96 at the blackpool hits first ever festival , i loved them now as i did then and of course jorge the lead singer is still one funny guy !! well not much to say but this band ripp in to the set and do not stop untill it ends !! casualities army, ugly bastards, fight for your rights, and even a ramones cover to boot hay ho lets go , one ripping night !! up the punx !!!
YORKSHIRE RATS, CERTFLIED,THE VARUKERS,ABRASIVE WHEELS - Leeds, Joesph Well (3/2/07)
Ok back in leeds tonight with some top bands, at the joseph wells a really good pub , with a massive back room come hall just the size for tonights top bands, ok we have the yorkshire rats on first never seen them before but i heard a lot about them and yes they are a top young band go see them a bit of a dropkick murphys sound , good fast pogoing feel good music me thinks and theres a few people intonight to good !! a quick swill of beer and certflied are up and kicking some leeds ass !! with fight to fight, fist face fuck !!, and not forgetting lp lauch tonight , thats what this last two days have been about, and dam fine its been to ! and yet again the certflied lads ripp the place up !! go see this lot a real punk band !! by real punks they live and breath it just like me !! ok the mighty varukers are up next , and as ever mr rat does the job , with this fine band , die for your goverment , anothere region another war !! a great set no stopping the band , theay have been around abit like me but still a brill band we love ‘em’ ok abrasive wheels top of the bill tonight and yet again what can i say , all good with trax like the bbc, when the punx, wake up,1982, you can not fail !! yet anothere top night by all these bands !! ( up the punx)
ABRASIVE WHEEL & VARUKERS & CERTFLIED & GIRL FIXER & THE SMEARS - Nottingham, Old Angel (2/2/07)
Well folks back in my almost home as i come here alot for a cracking night of total punk rock !! with some of the top bands on the punk rock circuit to day !!! well girlfixer were up first with there own brand of punk rock !! never seen them befor but i will do again me thinks this is a top punk outfit from nottingham , i think a bit like early vice squad but with there own brand of punk rock !! ok the place is filling up nicley and its time to get me a beer, before the smears uk hit the stage, i have heard of this band but never seen them before , ok the smears hit the stage and the band are of three very sexy ladys i can tell you and they play good solid punk rock to boot what more to you want on a Friday night ijn nottingham do not know the song but they get the kids going !! ok certflied top band and from nottingham , and there new lp lauch tonight ‘’ piss you your face’’ cracking songs on it so go and go buy it for a £5 , well worth it.ok we get a brand new song tonight and its my fav already ‘’prisoner of life’’ well good well this band as ever is on top form and heading for the top i am sure of it .ok abrasive wheels are up next from leeds and well as being very good mates of mine they are a top band and i think you gotta go and see this band as they a few dates coming up the next is in berlin at the punk & disordeley festival i will see you lot down the front for this main event of the year !! ok the wheels , you get wake up newer track but top one ,burn ‘em’ down , when the punx, etc as good as they have ever been, if not better uk date next for them is the 17th of march in bristol so go see them !! ok varukers top of the bill to night and as ever rat is on top form , with lots of jokes and a fun time by all, well lead to the slaughter, die for your goverment soilder boy . top band top night top gig !!
RIOT SQUAD, DEAD OFFERDERS,BURN SUBVERT DESTROY, HYENAS - Brimingham, Market Tavern (28/1/07)
Ok back at the tavern tonight for some really cool bands tonight and its well packed as i head straight upstairs as i here new local hardcore heros the dead offerders are going on stage !! now this is there second gig and well what a force to be rconed with they are turning in to !! well fast and some slowsih reggy trax there to but a total band to keep an eye one !! there gonna be big ! well enuoed em. Ok hyenas are up next and well the kids are moshing like crazy already to these lot a very early sounding abrasive wheels dead fast dead good !! total cool band , its turning into one of those hot and sweaty gigs ! time for a beer !! before burn subvert destroy take the stage !! hailing from shefflied, and stu one of the axe men is a really cool guy and he knows his punk to lots of heckles from the band and the crown a total shit hot set a bit like early circle jerks mixed with the germs well good !! and lots of really total cool t shirts for sale by them in pea green and red, and blue total punk rock !! great set ok riot squad 8o’s punk band but i think there better now than they was then a burn through the set with so much speed an fight this band is shit hot tonight !! i sen them last year with disharge in november and they was good then but eveen better tonight !! really enjoyed em and the night !! up the brummie punx !!!
EASTFLIED & RADIATION AGELS & GOURGOEUS - Brimingham, Skate Park (27/1/07)
Well folks back at the epic skate park in birmingham tonight to see three really good local bands , radiation have not played for a bit but hay its like they have never been away a good tight set with new trax, and i still have that feel of a later gbh , rancid about these guys well good !! a few people in tonight , and loads of people just poping there heads around the door to see whats happening one of my fav places in brum at the moment apart from the tavern ! both stop open untill what ever !! ok gouoreus never seen them before , but in kind of a way remind me of a folk band !! but i think its one of those bands you have to see a few times well good fast and slow set with lots of heckers !! i good set and a good band go see them !! ok to the final band of the night eastflied, well what can you say !! ‘’its my life fair doggying’’ cool band that are to meet a total live band , and really good at what they do and cool people to boot !! yet anothere cracking night at the skate park !!!
FEAR OF FEAR, NONE PROFIT, SHORT BUS WINDOW LICKERS, THE VARUKERS - London, Star (20/1/07)
Well back in the capital tonight for a reknaw punk gig put on by these great people, ok a well full house tonight, been here befor a great place for a gig ,ok the band none profit up first i think they are from poland but not sure but have that dezerter feel about them lots of fast tunes , and a deff crownd pleaser, good start to the night ,well fear of fear up next it has two ex members of conflict in them, i was looking forward to seeing what they were like i would say a bit of sanit vitus ,with early conflict a total sound of there own , really good, i think the crownd did not know what to think at first but soon got into them !! i enjoyed them !!, ok short bus window lickers getting bigger & bigger, a local band , but a dam fine punk rock band , they do play a couple of covers ie the misfits hybred tails, and a poison idea track plastic bomb, and a discharge one ant no feeble bastard all really well done by a cracking band go see them !! ok its the varukers up next well not much to say but wicked, and die for your goverment, sas,how do you sleep can not fault them , if you have never saw this band were have you been top band top people !! one cracker of a night and up the punx!!
UK SUBS & VIBRATORS - Berlin, Kato (21/1/07)
Well my friends i find my self in berlin this weekend catching up with those mighty punk rock legends the uk subs & the vibrators, and they are not even half way into there 2007 europe tour yet !!, ok i get there about 8.30pmish as i new it was an early shows as like most places in europe gigs are usally quite late, but as its a Sunday its an early one , ok the vibrators are on at 9,0clock so thats cool just time for a quick beer and i see noxx coming on stage, well its a well packed tonight in berlin over three hundred people in a really good crowned but i had spoken to charlie harper and he said the shows were packed every night and of course with a mighty package like the subs & vibrators, ok we get baby baby, whips & furs,troops of tommorrow,which was wrote in berlin when the vibrtors lived there for a while and it was well good ,to here were it was first wrote and played a trully first rate set buy these guys and there was plenty of crowned action to !! ok a break of a short while and the intro to the subs coming in what shall we do with a drunken saloir, what shall we do with a drunken saloir earley in the morning!! And then a load of dryed ice!!! and charlie roars cid, and the kids go ape !! well loads of classic,s stranglehold, endanged species,barbies dead,warhead, the best and nickey karret & alvin gibbs go all over the stage and charlies none stop pogging action , a top night by a top band !!! a well good night !! good lick with the rest of the tour !! and up the uk subs !!!
Punk will never die !!
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Punk, Oi!, Psychobilly, Ska Hardcore and Mod.
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