Skurvi – Get ‘Em In

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Since emerging in 2008, booze and rebellion, belligerence and unbridled fun have been all potent elements to the punk rock roar of UK quartet Skurvi. Equally, inescapable hooks, voracious riffs, and a sing-a-long prowess second to none have shaped attitude loaded songs which nag and incite whilst lending themselves to insatiable partying. Nothing has changed in the Brighton band’s new album Get ‘Em In, though fair to say that every element has been turned up numerous notches for its thirteen tenaciously rousing punk anthems.

Creating contagious brawls of old school punk, oi!, and raw rock ‘n’ roll since day one, Skurvi has earned a potent reputation for their bracing anthemic confrontations and the 2014 released Pints Half Full EP. It has led to strong anticipation for the first album from the foursome of vocalist Jimmy Skurvi, guitarist Perry, bassist Liam, and drummer Craig; a wait quickly made very worthwhile with opener Till We Die. Straight away rhythms and riffs gang up on ears as a swinging hook lays down easy going but potent bait. Led by the rousing tones of Jimmy, the band is soon calling the shots with their gang shouts around as catchy a slice of punk rock as you are likely to hear this year.

It is a spirit inflaming start to the Pat Collier mixed and mastered album; not offering major surprises but commandingly fresh and virulent as it gets the listener to their feet with vocal involvement included and sets the appetite up for things to come starting with Skinhead. UK Subs like in many ways, the street punk toned track jabs and pokes with its jangling riffs and intrusive rhythms as Jimmy vocally challenges. There is no option but to get physically and vocally involved; a submission all tracks draw to be fair and majorly highlighted by the outstanding Snatch Squad with its rolling rhythms and deliciously throaty bassline entangled in more anthemic vocal incitement from across the band. With a ring The Adicts to it, the song as the first track upon Get ‘Em In, becomes a firm favourite with lingering persuasion.

art_RingMasterReviewDrunken Nights whips up attention with its harmonic vocal calls and niggling hook next whilst Alright follows with a great Stiff Little Fingers like character to its full throttle stomp. Both provide choruses which instantly spark eager participation; again a constant success which is just as inescapable in the likes of Isn’t Where It Ends, a seventies scented oi! bred track which might lack the final spark of previous tracks but still whips up nothing less than thick enjoyment.

Skum Rises brings a Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions to it which is no surprise as the track was written by Spunk himself, the only non Skurvi written provocation on the album. With its middle finger forcibly erect, band and song quarrel with ears whilst leaving them greedily satisfied before Better Way bounds in with sinew swung beats and a feisty attitude in sound and word to the fore. Again whether there is anything new in the song can be debated but with its refreshing urgency and cantankerous imagination, there is little care as it continues the album’s unstoppable infection of ears and the passions.

She’s Coming is a straightforward and seriously enjoyable stirring of punk instincts whilst Wanting More has a Crashed Out meets Royal Oi! scent to it; both tracks again only feeding an increasing greed for more though the pair do get outshone by the blistering assault of Geezer. Bruising and imposingly catchy, the song shows that punk comes best raw and without any graces before the closing pair of Work and Her leave release and listener on a breathless high with their own individual punk riots. Hooks and anthemic vocals are as keen and weighty as ever in both, their pairing providing a mighty end to a relentlessly enjoyable rock ‘n’ roll scrap.

Skurvi do not try to reinvent the punk scene with their sound and indeed Get ‘Em In but instead focus on having and giving bruising fun whilst creating invigorating spirit rousing proposals. It is punk rock to the core, boisterous rock ‘n’ roll as it should be, and boy is it fun.

Get ‘Em In is out now via STP Records @ http://www.stprecords.co.uk/page4.htm

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Pete RingMaster 22/03/2016

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Born To Destruct – Devasteight With Destruction

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There are many forces of nature, especially within punk rock and a few which really relish turning the world upside down whilst offering rich rewards for those in the way of their tempest. Destruction rock ‘n’ rollers Born To Destruct are one, a UK band which unleashes their own individual form of punk and uncompromising heavy rock in a confrontational fury of anthemic hell-raising which rouses the spirit as it bruises the senses.

Hailing from Cambridge, Born To Destruct stomped into the punk scene in 2007; formed by one of the forces of seventies punk, vocalist/guitarist Woodstock PunkRock who was returning after a decade away from performing and playing. Originally female fronted, the band soon made a potent mark live and with their contagious punk rock sound across many well-received releases. With vocalist Kat Destruct leaving to study at university, 2010 saw Woodstock take over lead vocals and a new version of Born to Destruct emerge. Further successful releases followed to back their ever potent live presence which brings us up to the now and the band’s storming new album Devasteight With Destruction. Released on the persistently impressing STP Records, the album is fifteen tracks of gloriously invasive rock ‘n’ roll to get shirty alongside, to rampage with, and to get inescapably addicted to.

Devasteight With Destruction opens with its title track, immediately laying down a grouchy lure of riffs which just as swiftly blossom into an addictive coaxing where grooves and rhythms collude to tempt and invade ears within the tow of a deliciously carnal toned bass line. Once in full cantankerous flow, the track shows itself a web of heavy and hard rock infused with punk seeded predation. It is a gripping start with the bass of Stu Spider Fingers continuing to seduce an already awoken and keen appetite as the brawly vocals of Woodstock prowl and growl.

art_RingMasterReviewThe excellent start and flavouring carries on into the raucous and cranky charge of Eufuckinphoric, where initially choppy riffs funnel into ears this time around as Woodstock adds bearish vocal weight and coaxing. The riffs and hooks of Paul Moose and guitarist Daiv Tap bite and serrate the senses with sonic hostility all the while too whilst the rhythms of drummer Jack Destruct swing with contempt. It is a unity which should send you running but instead simply whips up an impossible to resist call to arms.

All The Gear But No Idea has a slightly mellower air next, well more melodic anyway with its Generation X like spicing to grooves and an accompanying infectiousness. Around them the song barracks and presses all the right buttons in antagonistic pleasure before Lets Get Rowdy obviously does what it says on its tin. There is a touch of Crashed Out meets 4 Past Midnight to the song as well as another dose of unstoppable virulence to its seventies spiced punk ‘n’ roll uproar.

Across the hard meets punk rock blaze of Do You Wanna Know, with its great line in nagging hooks, and the thumping incitement of Release The Beasts, the album turns the screw on ears and the passions. It is always hard to say no to instinct raising, vociferous rock ‘n’ roll and both songs have it in thick abundance, the second with an extra pleasing slither of classic rock to it also. Smile comes similarly equipped, though truthfully that applies to all songs within the album. It is arguably more formula in presence than the encounters around it yet shares only the strongest persuasion and the enticement of eager participation.

The surly roistering of Sixty Seconds is next to step up, the minute long clamour leaving ears almost punch drunk from its zealous revelry whilst We Bring The Noise, as expected, again lives up to its name in physical and impassioned kind. Actually the track probably does not devour ears as forcibly expected but no complaints as it leads another moment of chest thumping enjoyment before Get Your Head In The Game becomes the inspirational ringleader to further lusty involvement, especially through its addictive chorus and vocal bellow.

You can almost feel the roar of the crowd as What A Bastard unfurls its magnetic defiance and muscular intimidation next; from title alone easy to sense becoming a fan favourite. Of course its particular brand of ear pleasing obstreperous rock does it no harm in inciting keen emotions either, a success more than echoed by the outstanding We Love It quickly after. Swinging in on a caped crusader-esque groove, in no time the track is a snarling torrent of riffs and tenacious rhythms laying the groundwork for the equally testy and rousing vocals. In your face rock ‘n’ roll does not get much better than this, though it can get matched as shown by Today, a song emerging as a personal favourite. There is a great contagious scent of The Vibrators to track, additional magnetism to its hook lined slab of near perfect punk rock. Some songs just hit the sweet spot, Today does dead centre.

The album concludes with the rollicking stomp of I’m Too Rock N Roll and finally the raw and irresistible anthem that is Destruct For You. Both tracks epitomise the tenacity and rampageous potency of Born To Destruct’s heady rock ‘n’ roll and equally the unstoppable addictiveness of the band’s album.

Though some tracks of course rise to loftier heights than others, from its first moment Devasteight With Destruction is one robustly imposing and exhilarating brawl very easy to get greedy for. Admittedly we have not come across the band’s previous offerings yet but if Devasteight With Destruction is not one of their finest moments yet, hard to believe it will not be, we have missed some other major treats.

Devasteight With Destruction is released March 17th via STP Records @ http://www.stprecords.co.uk/page4.htm

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Born To Destruct embarks on the RELEASE THE BEASTS – ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR in March alongside Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions and Skurvi.

Dates are…

Sat Mar 12th – Abertillery – Dolls House

Fri Mar 18th – Cambridge – Corner House

Sat Mar 19th – Brighton – Prince Albert

Fri Mar 25th – Rotherham – Bridge Inn

Sat Mar 26th – Gateshead – The Black Bull

Sun Apr 2nd – Nottingham – The Maze

Fri Apr 8th – Birmingham – Flapper

Sat Apr 9th – Lancaster – The Yorkshire House

Pete RingMaster 01/03/2016

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U.K. Subs: XXIV

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    Over the past few years fans, websites, reviewers, and punk itself has eagerly and rightly so declared that the genre in the UK is in vibrant, strong, and good hands with the likes of The Duel, Dirt Box Disco, and Crashed Out to name just three, releasing outstanding albums and delivering riotous live performances, but too often the bands which started it all escape mention. Many of the original bands have continued to be a major presence or have returned to re-carve their name but equally many are just reliving old glories without forging new sounds and explorations for themselves. UK Subs is a band which has never rested on its laurels always creating new and dynamic sounds to varying success. With new album XXIV though, the band quite simply grips the reins of British punk tighter with a release which is quite sensational and easily an equal and fresh inspiration for all emerging young bucks.

Now well into their fifth decade, the band has never sounded better or hit harder. Arguably the early triumphant days when band and the Charlie Harper/ Nicky Garratt penned classic releases left punk rock fans delirious in their anthemic belligerent might be a plateau too far now but XXIV certainly challenges and inspires a rethink of those thoughts with its bumper brawl of impressive tracks and hungry energy. Continuing the mission to release one album for every letter of the alphabet, UK Subs have followed up the acclaimed Work In Progress with an album equally powerful and even more inventive. Released like its predecessor on Captain Oi!, XXIV is a bumper package of songs and quality, the album containing fourteen prime cuts of feisty rock n roll accompanied by another twelve stirring acoustic tracks. It is an outstanding release from a band which others can still learn from and be inspired by.

The album hits hard and impressively right from the start with the exhausting storm that is Implosion 77. The track is a fire of punk4408024 metal with thick sinewy riffs and effected vocal scowls laying waste on the damaged caused by the thumping rhythms of Jamie Oliver. The track is prime Subs sculpted with an enterprise which keeps the band ahead of the rest, the step into a heated atmosphere of evocative sonic caresses and melodic elegance veined by grasping whispers and an addict forming hook which would have the Dead Kennedys grinning, and not forgetting the delicious strings graced ending, pure instinctive pleasure.

The following blues provocation Coalition Government Blues is again instant joy, the harmonica flames from Harper a beacon for the emotions alongside the direct lyrical address and musical stomp. As Speed next rampages through the ear the album already is loud in its diverse musical intent, the track a hardcore courting metallic bruise of rock n roll which uses abrasion and infection as a dual irresistible invitation for the heart to join its mission.

Enlisting the already persuaded passions to an even more intense ardour and involvement both Rabid and Monkeys snarl and ravage with devious skill and anthemic flair, the first of the two a tempest of dirty rock n roll which encompasses various shades of punk rock to thrill and gets the blood racing faster around not only the ear but the whole body. It is a masterful confrontation with the guitar of Jet rifling the senses with boisterous devilment. The second of the pair brings more restraint to its gait though it ensures its force and antagonism is in full flow and impossible to hide from.

Through the likes of Black Power Salute with its metal forged riffs and compelling bass lines from Alvin Gibbs, the excellent Las Vegas Wedding which replicates the addictive lure of a Flogging Molly with its own unique melodic wantonness and contagious hooks, and the darker tones of the irresistible Stare at the Sun, the album leaves emotions boiling over in rapture and maybe surprise. UK Subs has never truly disappointed but arguably have never been this adventurous and eager to incorporate so many extra spices and sounds to their formidable invention, and it is an impressively rewarding result for all.

XXIV never drops a beat or level right through to its finish but does save its further highest pinnacles for its closing straight through the Bo Diddley does punk romp of Wreckin Ball and the closing victory Momento Mori, a ball-busting fury of merciless beats, uncompromising basslines, and corrupting riffs driven by incendiary vocal harmonies. It makes the perfect end to a magnificent album, though it does not end there as the acoustic tracks step forward to offer their impressive presences. The songs show the immense and rounded songwriting and craft of the band with more clarity than the riots before and it is another pleasing if unexpected treat on the album. Again each track is worthy of mention but for briefness personal stand-out songs come in the compelling shapes of Angel Of Eighth Avenue, a cover of an Ian Hunter penned song, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, the sizzling Souls From Hell, and The Outsider.

There is not much more you can say about UK Subs, their place in musical history is set in stone and continuing to build whilst as XXIV shows there is more than just life and bite left in the old dog.

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9/10

RingMaster 12/03/2013

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