Royal Oi! – Bootboys and Hooligans

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Getting fed up of a punk roar is never a possibility, especially when it comes in the oi fuelled shape of the debut album from Scottish incitement Royal Oi!, a quartet creating street punk anthem after anthem. The release is a passion driven riot of sound and intent, uncaged by a band which, in their own words, just write and sing “songs about their passions and everyday struggles.” There is no agenda to their music, just the want to create a rebellious revelry for all to get personally engaged in; that an undoubted success found by their first full-length.

Hailing from Glasgow and drawing on inspirations from the likes of Bonecrusher, Perkele, and Cock Sparrer, the foursome of vocalist/guitarists Dave and Ana, bassist James, and drummer Jim first gave attention a healthy nudge with a four track demo in the December of 2014, its presence backing up a live presence already causing stir. Now it is Bootboys and Hooligans doing the contagious badgering and raucous persuading, a thick persuasion set to put Royal Oi! firmly on the punk map.

The album erupts with its title track, the opener a virulent stomp of punk riffs and spicy hooks driven by cantankerous rhythms. It is instantly a marker of things to come within Bootboys and Hooligans, an anthem setting the scene and the first great taster of the twin attack vocals from Dave and Ana. The former leads the track here with the pair alternating to some extent across the release, but always it is a dual incitement that hits the spot as resourcefully and potently as the grooves and hooks igniting ears.

Skinhead Warrior keeps the impressive start going, Ana’s snarling tones, backed by scything beats and grouchy riffs, alone an inciting call. Great backing shouts only add to the drama and catchiness of the track too, with the bass and its throaty bait another heftily compelling element before Docs and Tattoos takes over, sauntering in on a tasty groove spearing a charge of insatiable energy. Like a mix of 4 Past Midnight and Angelic Upstarts with a scent of dragSTER to it too, the song further whips up energies and an already awoken appetite with its punk ‘n’ roll devilry.

Both In My Heart, with its antagonistic passion and enterprise, and the fist in the air call of Punx and Skins ‘Football, Oi! and Rock n Roll’ keep body and emotions energised and greedily content; the first as a sing-a-long anthem no one could refuse. Its successor is more of a bruising confrontation but no less infectious as it draws the listener into full involvement of its rowdy adventure. The same can be said of all tracks within the album, Skinhead Loyalty swift proof with its inviting canter of sound and voice. Though the song is a less intensive proposal and without the extra spark of other songs around it, it still leaves ears, feet, and contentment enjoyably busy.

Musica Oi! enters ears on a great shadow lit predation, guitar and bass a prowling temptation leading to an eyeballing charge led by the thumping rhythms of Jim. Ana vocally growls and entices with typical prowess and energy as the track proceeds to twist and evolve through a varied landscape of imagination, intimidation, and enthralling enterprise. It is a mighty slab of punk matched in success by the old school bred Survive, a track rocking and rolling with prickly hooks and rapacious rhythms as vocals brawl with ears. It is another gem amongst only treats within Bootboys and Hooligans, a lingering protagonist keeping a firm hold on memory and provoking a hunger for more just like the outstanding Together. A chest beating call to arms, the song is glorious, a punk rock infestation stirring up the passions with an honest and open heart.

Bootboys and Hooligans ends on the raw onslaught of Violence, a challenging and tenacious roar on the state of the world today, and a highly pleasing and formidable way to end one thoroughly thrilling release. We cannot tell you how long Royal Oi! has been around but to our, and we suspect a great many others, their album is an introduction and wake up call to their rousing bellow. So for us there is a new and fresh oi incitement in town which excites and incites in impressive manner.

Bootboys and Hooligans is out now as a co-release between LastPunkRocker Records (150x Scottish Flag Blue), Crowd Control Media (150x White /w Blue Splatter), and Rebel Sound (150x Scottish Flag White) with an additional albums pressed in 50x Classic Black.

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Pete RingMaster 22/11/2015

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Toughskins – Keep The Faith

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Unleashing another contagion of oi punk with antagonistic intent and virulent enterprise, US rockers Toughskins and their new EP continues the impressive presence of the band since its return three years ago. Keep The Faith unleashes four provocations which ignite and excite the passions, belligerence and aggression raging through their veins like a predatory epidemic as the LA quartet continues to bring their vicious snarl to punk rock.

Established in 1993, Toughskins uncaged their album Raised In Anger in 1995, the highly regarded classic receiving a re-release three years later. The band soon earned and built a strong reputation for their uncompromising songs and live performances but split around 1996/97. One half of the original line-up made a short lived return releasing a split 7” with Broken Heroes on Headache Records before Toughskins lengthy ‘hiatus’ was ended in 2010 when Danny Oi! who was not in the first attempt, brought the band back to life, he moving from bass to fronting the returning force. 2012 saw the band provide a track for the Cashing In On Christmas compilation on Black Hole Records followed by the acclaimed Anger Management EP on Randale Records. The band has continued to make their mark since their return with shows alongside the likes of Rancid, Transplants, Old Firm Casuals, Harrington Saints, Bonecrusher, Cromags, Menace and more, and with guitarist David Perez (Ten Hole Bootboys, C.I, Street Value), bassist Anthony Oi! (Society’s Victims, Ten Hole Bootboys, C.I, The Hardknocks, Fed Up, KBS, Ratas Rabiosas), and drummer Loucifer (Bovver Wonderland, The Choice, Generators) alongside the remaining founder member Danny, Toughskins uncage the excellent Keep The Faith EP through Rebel Sound Music in the US and Randale in Europe, a release pushing the band further to the fore of oi and punk in general.

Too Young to Care sets things off, its initial coaxing simple coarse riffing alongside a great adventurous bassline with a REB1011 frontdeliciously inviting tone. With crisp beats also framing the entrance the track takes little time in composing itself before expelling a fire of sonic attitude and scowling vocals from Danny, ably backed by group shouts and aggressive harmonies. The bass enterprise continues to impress throughout the song, its rapacious yet welcoming lures a delicious tempting within the squalling assault. The track is an inventive but direct and purposeful provocation which leaves thoughts and energy agitated and passions satisfied.

The following title track opens with a cheeky swagger to its mini blazes of riffs, a sense of The Vox Dolomites coating thoughts before a more Menace like rampage springs free to nag and chew the ears. Once again the bass stands out, as across the EP as a whole, but equally the guitar casts infectious inventive bait whilst the rhythms play with concussive devilry to drive the song and release with eager rabidity. Adding the great anthemic causticity of Danny’s vocals and you have a song which gets the pulse racing and passions burning, which is exactly what the next up Black and Blue also achieves with ease.

The third track bruises the air in predacious style, vocals and riffs chewing on senses and thoughts respectively whilst the drums slap anything in their path as the bass continues to lend the release a swagger and keen adventure to match the appetite of the intensity and instinctive hostile defiance soaking every note and syllable. It is another forceful treat soon surpassed by closing track Crack Some Skulls, the riot inciting emotions from its first irascible grazing. With enticing rock exploits from the guitar and a rolling rumble sculpted by drums and bass, the finale is a furious incendiary anthem which you just cannot resist or miss adding voice and limbs to.

    Keep The Faith is an outstanding mental and emotional goading from a band which is in its heyday, or you suspect leading up to it.

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9/10

RingMaster 12/12/2013

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