Anti Nowhere League/The Damn Garrison – Split EP

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As criticised as they were praised in many quarters from their first days for their true DIY punk simplicity and unpolished confrontational often salacious musical craft and attitude, UK punk legends Anti Nowhere League soon outrode their critics to become one of the most loved antagonists. A new split through Rebel Sound release sees the band at their adversarial inhospitable best alongside New Hampshire Oi punks The Damn Garrison, a union made in middle finger heaven. The link up makes for four tracks of punk rock which are as soaked in aggression and mischief as in anthemic provocation, and on the Anti Nowhere League side unbridled irreverence. They are a quartet of tracks which unreservedly feed the base desires of all punk fans.

The first pair of songs provided by Anti Nowhere League are a couple which previously could only be found on their Pig Iron CD and tracks which Captain Oi refused to release. Day The World Turned Gay pulls no punches as it uncages potent hooks and insatiable grooves into a mesh of punk rock causticity lyrically and sonically straight away. The Tunbridge Wells quartet of vocalist Animal, guitarist Tommy, bassist Shady, and drummer Nato, cast a riff and rhythmic slavery which is simply prime punk rock. Certainly the song is not touching new plateaus in originality of band or scene but equally it is virulent choice ANL which stands apart wantonly and excitingly from the rest. Its might is replicated and increased by the following The Adventures Of Peter Vile, of course another song with no regard and blinkers to ‘boundaries’, going places where most fear even contemplating. Once again a weave of intrusive hooks and riling riffs create a web of ridiculously catchy bait to which vocals unfurl an equally riveting, irreverent, and forcibly honest narrative. Again it is what you expect an ANL track to be and stand up as, and again a wholly invigorating provocation reminding just how important and rigorously rewarding the band has been and still is to a great many of us.

Hailing from Dover, N.H. and formed in the summer of 2012, The Damn Garrison has swiftly made their presence a potent and thrilling one OB-GD17D.pdfon stage where they have played with the likes of Murphys Law, Infa Riot, The Warriors, Bishops Green, Evil Conduct and many more and through their four track 7” release through Arrest Records, Unsung Heroes. Consisting of vocalist Mike Day, guitarists Ritchie and Sammy Plante, bassist James Morin, and drummer Chad Lafrance, the quintet instantly unleash a thick infectious anthem of a bruising on the split with The Real Ones. An intensely coaxing bassline and crisp beats sets things in motion, their strong bait scythed through with thrusts of guitar. It is an immediately enticing affair which increases its call with a raw scowl of vocals which enter the fray as the track settles into a voracious charge, group shouts and juicy hooks adding extra spice to the temptation. As with the ANL tracks, the band is not forging new avenues but certainly lying fresh addictive and thrilling designs on to an established template.

The band’s second track Pride & Honor again leads with a great bass enticement which is soon smothered with irritable beats and rowdy riffs matched by excellent vocal squalls, singularly and as a group. As great as both songs are it must be admitted, as suckers for toxic basslines with as much groove and infectiousness to them as contagious spite, that Morin steals the passions in what are wonderfully fiery and contentiously evocative songs. Again stacked to the gills with hooks and raging riffs, the track rampages into the passions with merciless efficiency matching its partner track, and the incitements of their cohorts in crime upon the release, in exhausting punk bred appetites.

Two great bands birthed in different eras but united in sculpting strenuously exciting punk revelry across four outstanding tracks, the split is a mouthwatering stomp confirming the lingering adversarial might of Anti Nowhere League and announcing an emerging force in The Damn Garrison; another slice of evidence that world punk is possibly heading to another major heyday.

Anti Nowhere League/The Damn Garrison Split EP is available @ http://www.rebelsoundrecords.com on vinyl (200 Black vinyl, 200 Halloween Orange vinyl, 100 Lime Green vinyl).

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9/10

RingMaster 30/05/2014

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Discharger / The Uprisers Split EP

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If you ask us there really are not enough split releases around these days, not enough bands/labels really exploiting their potential in spreading the word and sounds of emerging and established but maybe still to be discovered bands. Rebel Sound Music has stepped up to the plate though with the outstanding link up of Dutch Oi! punks Discharger and US punk ‘n’ rollers The Uprisers. Consisting of four diverse contagions, the 7” single is an irresistible riot of uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll, one gleefully leaving an exhausted and impossibly contented glow over ears and passions.

Hailing from Amersfoort, Discharger has never been slow in unleashing anthemic and compelling encounters to ignite punk appetites starting with debut album Born Immortal in 2004. Our Hate Is Justified two years later and the following The Sword of Our Ancestors in 2008 reinforced the band as a truly provocative proposition whilst the 2012 album Desecrated Ground recruited another wealth of engaged attention and fans, with the band re-embracing their Oi! background they started with than the more metal rooted influences which marked its predecessor. The quartet with their new songs stay rooted firmly in their punk roots on the single though that is not to say that the band has neglected any of its adventurous intent in sound.

Everytime We Drink opens on a relaxed chord and melodic coaxing before lifting its sinews and knees to burst into a muscular stomp, enthralling grooves lacing the aggressive urgency of the band. Seemingly already a firm favourite with fans and newcomers to the band since its appearance on YouTube a few weeks back, the track roars and recruits with open anthemic revelry around a thumping rhythmic punctuation. A fiery rampage with more contagion in its walls than many bands breed in a whole album, the track ignites an instant greed in ears and appetite for the following No Place For Our Kind. Opening on an acoustic invitation, the song erupts into a rampant confrontation with infectiousness again dripping from every note and digging hook. The great gruff vocals and almost brawling stride of the song has a thick texture which is part metallic and part rockabilly, the combination reminding of Danish motorbillys, The Grumpynators at times. It is a thoroughly incendiary and riveting anthem, quite irresistible and quite brilliant.

Discharger gives a high benchmark for New Hampshire’s The Uprisers to match, but it is no challenge as they rival their companions in Printsound and contagion. Emerging from the ashes of The Radicts, the band sees the reunion of Todd Radict and Rodger Shosa of The Bruisers, the pair having played together in punk band Five Balls of Power in the eighties. The band opens up their contribution to the release with a reworking of an old song of The Radicts. Led by the captivating vocals of Britney Noyes which have more than an essence of Poly Styrene meets Wendy Wu to them, Everybody’s Got A Reason takes a mere breath in time to draw a firmly attentive reaction with its opening thump of beats and classic rock flavoured guitar tempting. Keeping to a controlled stride with strikes of rhythms and guitar around catchy hooks, the song makes a tasty infectious appetiser for the band’s main course, the outstanding Ghetto Blaster. A brand new song from the band, it captures thoughts and emotions right away with its old school/modern punk bait, the track within seconds reminding of bands such as Penetration, 4 Nin Blondes, and Juliette And The Licks. Riffs and rhythms surge through the ears as devilishly as the vocals; every stride leaving a coating of anthemic toxicity which builds into a virulent seduction speared by sonic endeavour and melodically crafted hooks for the strongest bait. The song is punk rock at its purest insatiable best and takes tops honours amongst four quite magnificent beasts.

Whether the bands are intriguingly new to you or you just want punk rock in its strongest guises then the split between Discharger and The Uprisers is essential listening and owning.

The Discharger/ Uprisers split 7” is available now through Rebel Sound Music now coming in 200 Black vinyl, 200 Red vinyl, and 100 White vinyl options.

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9/10

RingMaster 16/04/2014

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Concrete – Subculture Street Troopers

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Hailing out of Austin, Texas, caustic punks Concrete unleashed one of the prize joints of Oi! punk last year with their debut release, the 12″ EP We Are All Reapers Here. Its acclaimed provocation is now backed by the release of the 7” single Subculture Street Troopers via Rebellion Records and Rebel Sound Records. Consisting of two confrontational contagious brawls to get your teeth deeply into, the single reinforces the emergence of a new roar and force in modern punk with more than a healthy seeding in old school voracity.

     Subculture Street Trooper is pure aural addictiveness from its opening anthemic whine of guitar onwards, riffs and bass adding their rich bait alongside the crisp drum pokes.  It is one of those instantly virulent songs which enslave imagination, passions, and memory with impossible ease, a potency only increased by the gruff vocal growls and united band chants around them. The song swaggers and strolls with a consummate persuasion before lighting a fire and exploding into a voracious charge of abrasive riffs and barbed hooks.  Bringing an essence of Angelic Upstarts to its grazing enticement, the track closes as it started with the rapacious stroll and an insatiably contagious grip Concrete-singleon the heart.

Second song Born To Never Lose does not have the same dramatic and intensive temptation as its companion but still bruises with a primal expulsion of hardcore aligned punk rock which allows no escape from its raw incitement. The production on the song is a little cloudy but it does little to prevent the thorough enslavement of the listener, in fact it only enhances the raw and uncompromising onslaught which embraces led by the great equally aggressive and unpolished vocals.

If their previous EP escaped your attention, Subculture Street Troopers is the perfect way to discover Concrete, a band with a sound which lives up to its name and a storm punk rock will be hearing a lot more of.

Subculture Street Trooper is available through Rebel Sound and Rebellion Records now on 100 Black Vinyl, 100 Gold Vinyl, and 100 Transparent Red Vinyl with heavy gold splatter.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 16/04/2014

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Shameless – Guilt

 

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    With its well-received unleashing in Europe through Bords de Seine, Lion Records, and Last Rockers, and an even more recent uncaging as a 500 strong Limited Edition Picture Disk in the US via Rebel Sound Music, debut album Guilt from punks Shameless is an impressively solid and potent introduction to the French band. A feisty attitude drenched mix of old school and oi punk, the Lyon based quartet’s sound hits the spot forcibly and honestly, no overblown sonic theatrics or candy coated hooks cluttering their straightforward anthemic antagonism. Guilty is an album which does not hold many surprises or always gets the blood boiling but it certainly rouses and incites a healthy appetite for the promising sound and future provocations from the band.

    The seeds of the band go back to 2009 when vocalist/guitarist Pépito moves to Lyon and meets bassist Nico of the Rude Gones. They talk of getting a band up together, a suggestion which is given an opportunity to be realised when the Rude Gones split in the October of 2010. Writing together, the pair then recruit ex-Urban Gones drummer Scooter into their English Oi! inspired project. The band’s second gig saw them opening for La Souris Déglinguée, West Side Boys, and Warrior Kids to eager responses, a spark the band took into the making of their first full-length. Six months in the making the album came out to strong reactions swiftly followed by equally potent responses when the band around the time of its release played a show to celebrate the anniversary of the band Bad Gones with La Souris Déglinguée, Booze & Glory and Wayne Barrett of Slaughter and the Dogs. Unveiling second guitarist and ex-Urban Gones Gilles, who had already played as a guest with them on stage previously, as a permanent addition to the band at the show, Shameless show themselves ready and poised to take their DIY bred sound and presence to the punk passions of the world. A quest you feel if not with this album is a certainty within one of their near horizons.

    The title track arrives on sirens to open things up, public disorder soon sound-tracked by stirring riffs and crisp rhythms soaked in anthemic weight. The vocals of Pépito, gruff and slightly antagonistic, join the charge as the song stomps with addictive grooves and equally compelling hooks. Its prime bait has an essence of The Sweet meets Suburban Studs to it, the song as a whole an excellent and infectious doorway into the release.

     The following Friday Night Losers backs up the starter with its own incitement of riling rhythms and caustic riffery driven by uncompromising but welcoming vocals. There is little to surprise in the song though it avoids real predictability with ease, as does its successors 30 Years Tomorrow and Bastard!. The first taunts ears with a great throaty bassline and a quietly riotous stance around an irresistible chorus whilst the second instantly eyeballs senses and thoughts, bawling them out with another potently contagious chorus within abrasing sounds and vocals. As with most of the songs there are very few really striking hooks that viciously grip but it does not stop tracks like this from becoming a lingering and memorable pleasure.

    Both the unruly chant fest Oi! For My Nation and the outstanding We Are the Boys keep attention hungry for the release, the second of the two one of the major highlights of the release. With a delicious twang to the again predacious bass sound and a swagger to the vocal inducement, the track is a fiery encounter though like all the songs it is fair to say it does not explore or antagonise enough for personal tastes, almost holding itself in check for some reason.

     Men With Ties is a raw graze for the senses, its threatening to brawl approach a magnetic lure to spark up another flame of excited satisfaction whilst the next up Vote For Shameless has a reserved but definite Angelic Upstarts feel to its rebellion, a fight which is veined by a Buzzcocks like great hook and the only really attention seeking one on the album. From the pleasing recruitment drive Disappointing Friend steps in next to make a strong and enjoyable statement if without rivalling anything before its appearance. It is a decent enough song but lacks the spark and infectious suasion of others, though that toxicity is soon back fuelling the passions through Fashion Week. The track is a commanding and confronting bruising with the primal rhythmic combativeness and scolding riffery all the great punk songs unload on the senses. The best track on the album it is an invigorating barracking bringing the heart of the album to a close before final track provides an epilogue through its live version of Virage Nord, the Oi! hymn of Urban Gones.

     Guilt is a great rage parading the potential and punk voracity of a band it is easy to keep an eager eye upon. Once Shameless find their distinct voice and unshackle their reserve you can expect major fireworks ahead, whilst right now they simply provide a thoroughly pleasing and rousing experience…something never easy to refuse.

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8/10

RingMaster 19/03/2014

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