borts – Preach This!

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With their reputation surging before them, British punksters borts recently released their highly anticipated debut album. Bringing the band’s debut EP together with a host of new tracks, Preach This! soon proved an ear grabbing slab of melodic punk fertility, with every second showing why the Salisbury hailing trio is earning eager praise and attention.

Consisting of three friends with the likes of YOUR DEMISE and TIRELESS in their history, borts spring a sound woven in the rich and contagious essences of skate punk, power pop and hardcore. Their album proves that it is a mix which also brings keen adventure and invention to each and every track, songs that within Preach This!, while embracing familiar genre traits, only surprised with true enterprise and individuality.

The album gently opens with Creeps Get Beats yet a song immediately revealing active anxiety in its breath and lyrical contemplation ensuring that its slim and low key invitation is drama loaded and increasingly fiery by its every moment and thought. It is a sharing of tension and increasing energy soon sparking the animated presence of the following Like, Music Again! With lively riffs and hungrily energetic rhythms, the song is soon bounding through ears with vocals, alone and united, equally rousing just as the twists and turns in its eagerly active body.

Snow In Hell strolls in next with a confident breath, spreading sonic radiance before vocals cast their own infectious energy and tempting. It is another track, like most to be honest, which has unpredictability within its virulent catchiness which ebbs and flows but never disappears as evidenced again within Get Sold with its rapacious punk rock attack and Broke Alone through an almost predatory fusion of physical trespass and ear sparking hooks. Both songs have a clamorous edge and air to their individual persuasions and both lift the stature and success of the album another notch.

The Nurse opens with an acoustic caress on ears but a low key coaxing richly infectious and matched by vocals before embracing greater energy, virulence and in time celebratory urgency as the song erupts. It never losses that acoustic instinct though, leaving as intimately as it began.

There is a similarly slim start to Keeping Them Alive, rhythms though firm in their insistence as melodies are woven by Dom’s guitar as vocals recall. Again, it is a track which flares up in sound and intensity, but flaming aligned to group vocal harmonies and clamorous infectiousness before Los Zapatos launches its own particular catchiness and pop punk urgency driven by James’s agile beats and the keen growl of Tom’s bass. As with so many tracks, every second seems to bring fresh expectations squashing enterprise and like all left ears hungry for more.

It is an appetite further fed by the brief but surging punk rock of Welcome Break and Me & The Demons with its widely flavoured and flavoursome canter beneath lyrical intimacy and emotively cast vocals. Both tracks greedily slammed upon the spot bringing the album to a tremendous close.

From start to finish there was never a moment within Preach This! which left a want for more or a chance to question its inescapable and impressive prowess. Produced by Lewis Johns (Palm Reader, Muncie Girls, Gnarwolves), it is a treat all melodic punk fans should eagerly search out and a moment sure to escalate the awareness and reputation of borts tenfold.

Preach This! is out now via LOCKJAW RECORDS; available digitally and on vinyl @ and

Pete RingMaster 19/01/2023

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