Minnesota’s Victory and Sweden’s The Cliches have just released a split 7-inch titled “A Smoking Split” through Oi! The Boat and Randale Records. It features two new tracks from each band and you can stream (and buy) it here.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Oi! fans, get ready for some Christmas cheer from Evil Conduct and The Old Firm Casuals. Although Yuletide Cheers and Oi! has been out for a while now, it’s that time of year and you really can’t miss hearing 2 of your favorite Christmas tunes sung with streetpunk flavor.
The split features Evil Conduct’s version of “Silver Bells,” and The Old Firm’s “Father Xmas.” You can stream both tracks below.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM (PST) by milhouse
The time had arrived and the rain had subsided just in time for Cock Sparrer to take the stage at Pirates Press‘ 10th Anniversary ‘Rock The Ship’ party. The English quintet is one of my all-time favorite bands and in addition to their longevity, influence, and musicality, the mates are a true stand-up bunch of guys. If memory serves correctly, the set began with the iconic sirens of ‘Riot Squad’. Classics like ‘Argy Bargy’, ‘Watch Your Back’, ‘I Got Your Number’, ‘England Belongs to Me’, and many more would be featured, and I knew it was going to be an amazing set. Cock Sparrer hasn’t released new material in quite some time, but that doesn’t stop anyone from getting giddy as a little schoolgirl in preparation to see them.
One thing that is clearly evident is that the guys are having the time of their lives on stage. Smiles abound as Darryl and Mick and Steve all dance and gallop around while pausing for cameras and even touching on some choreographed dance moves. It was really a treat to see, and Cock Sparrer shows no signs of slowing down. After my three songs in the photo pit, I chose to live out one of my dreams and go side stage with the streetpunk legends. Of course the set rounded out with the obligatory ‘We’re Comin’ Back’, which they always end their set with, and they always stay true to their promise.
The night wasn’t over though, as after a little chat and liquid rejuvenation we were off to Bottom of The Hill for the after-party show with Downtown Struts, Workin’ Stiffs, and a *Special Guest*.
Check out all the shots from Cock Sparrer’s set at ‘Rock The Ship’ below.
Thanks again to all the Pirates Press crew for everything you do!
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM (PST) by Kaylee McNeil
“Election Day” comes from the band’s latest album This Means War, which was released in July on Oi! The Boat Records and served as a follow-up to the group’s a 7-inch Never Say Die, launchd in January.
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM (PST) by Johnny X
New England Oi! punks Drug Shock will be releasing their debut full-length “Strength In Numbers” on October 15th jointly through Rebel Sound Music and Joe Pogo Records. To give you a taste of what’s to come you can stream “Vermin”, a new track off the pending release, below.
Drug Shock has been brought together by former members of Iron Cross and Step-1 Music street punk band Copyright Chaos.
You can pre-order the album here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM (PST) by griffintainment
With a bevy of 7” singles, EP’s and a compilation album under their belts, not to mention their almost ceaseless touring schedule, it’s hard to believe that The Scars We Hide is Noi!se’s first proper full length. The Seattle (Tacoma) foursome have made a mighty imprint on the punk scene the past few years considering they’re more or less just getting started. With loyal fans among their peers as well as in the general public, Noi!se is fast becoming one of the more exciting bands in the scene to keep an eye on.
The Scars We Hide is twelve songs of blistering punk rock power with a sharp melodic sensibility and some of their tightest arrangements we’ve heard from the boys thus far.
This band has established a precedent of beginning their releases in a big way. One of Noi!se’s best songs, ‘Rising Tide’, kicks off the EP of the same name, while another one of their best songs, ‘Idle Action’, kicks off the compilation release Pushing On, from 2012. In the same way, The Scars We Hide’s first song, ‘Rank and File’ is another of the band’s best compositions, with a simple bass line feeding into a frenzy of crushing guitars (both rhythm and lead), before (vocalist/bassist) Matt’s easily identifiable vocals introduce us to the record. The song features the bands trademark gang vocal’d chorus’ and blistering guitar breaks.
This is a blueprint the band follow throughout the album, keeping things at an absolutely breakneck pace, with Matt and (guitarist/vocalist) Nate trading verses back and forth, with each succeeding delivery more aggressively impassioned than the last.
Drummer Kenny and lead guitarist Jesse round out the band nicely, not only with the addition of their voices to the fat, delicious chorus’, but with their raw talent. The drumming is particularly impressive on tracks like ‘Silenced Voices’, an anthemic rave up that makes one want to find the nearest mosh pit and start slamming bodies. As well as closing track ‘The Future’s Warning’. Take it from someone who hit skins in a punk band years ago, it isn’t always an easy genre to drum to. Jesse’s guitar is evident and front and centre in nearly every track on Scars, with particularly memorable appearances in the impossibly catchy ‘Pawn in the Game’ and the crusher ‘So I Drift Away’.
Elsewhere, ‘How We Made It Through’ is a great song about coming through the shit, living to tell the tale and rather than letting it get the best of you, choosing instead to craft a more meaningful existence from it. While ‘Statistics’ impressively charges from nail gun Agnostic Front-like hardcore in its verses to catchy The Business-like street punk in its chorus’.
Street Punk/Oi! music isn’t the most inventive subgenre in punk rock, but it is among the most exciting. A genre born in the streets of the U.K., it has had a steady and ever growing batch of impressive North American bands flying its flag since the 80’s. Noi!se impressively straddles the line between being a band that sound like the best of classic 80’s Oi! music, mixed with the sensibilities and gritty sheen of today’s street punk elite. They’re hands down one of the best bands in punk rock right now and The Scars We Hide is not only their finest moment, but may be the best punk rock record of 2014 so far. A record my needle will be licking the grooves of on an almost consistent basis for the foreseeable future.
Noi!se is a band that makes me want to drop everything and start a punk band of my own again. And what higher praise can you give a group than that?
Monday, September 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM (PST) by Kaylee McNeil
The album serves as a follow-up to their debut release Jesus Rules.
The group aims to synthesize a punk rock music style with their evangelistic project.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM (PST) by Johnny X
If you’re an Oi! fan and you’re not yet familiar with Colorado Springs Oi! band Justice Blocc its time to take notice. The band has a self-titled 7-inch coming out on Oi! The Boat Records this Winter and on August 25th they’ll be hitting the road for a 2 week tour of the Midwest.
To get you acquainted with the four piece we’re pleased to stream their forthcoming release in it’s entirety. Listen to it below while you check out the dates and locations of their upcoming tour.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:29 AM (PST) by McWhiskey
Ottawa-based Oi!/street-punk band The Scally Cap Brats announced today that “Our Storied Past” will be the title to their second full-length album and that they have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund its release. On their facebook page the band said that:
“For the last couple of months we’ve been working on a new album. Today we can tell you that it is called “Our Storied Past” and will hopefully be released in October through our own label Take A Shot Records. We’ve put our blood, sweat, and tears into this one and we truly believe it is the best work we’ve done to date. It’s a more mature, heartfealt effort than our previous album and is something we allI desperately want to share with the world.
Now, the band is going to need your help to make that happen. We\’ve set up an Indiegogo campaign to fund the release of the album in both CD and vinyl format. We have all the typical perks you would find in such a campaign plus some cool unique ones. Any little bit helps and it would mean the world to the band if you could contribute.
Over the next 30 days of the campaign, we’ll be releasing more details like the song titles, and artwork so stay tuned for that as well.”
The Indiegogo campaign can be found here.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM (PST) by jaystone
Tough break (sorry for that) for The Old Firm Casuals. The band recently embarked on a full European tour, but suffered a setback when drummer Paul Rivas broke his arm (that’s the X-Ray above). The Bay Area oi punk band (which also includes Lars from Rancid) were forced to cancel their gig at the Punk Rock Holiday Festival in Slovenia. However, they’re hoping to continue the remainder of their tour dates with a few fill-in drummers. Check out the full European rundown here. Get well soon, Paul!
The Old Firm Casuals’ debut album, “This Is War,” is available here.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM (PST) by milhouse
The release will be available as a set or individually, and will include the band’s iconic 1982 debut album “Shock Troops”, as well as “Runnin Riot in ’84”, “Guilty as Charged”, “Two Monkeys”, “Here We Stand”, and “True Grit Outtakes” (previously released as “Rarities”).
Head here for more information and grab your copy while they last.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM (PST) by jaystone
Entitled “This Means War,” the album will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow (Thursday, July 17th). Check out your order options right here. Digital release is slated for July 29th.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM (PST) by The Torchbearer
“Perry Boys” comes from the band’s upcoming album This Means War, which will be released later this year on Oi! The Boat Records. The Old Firm Casuals last released a 7-inch entitled Never Say Die in January.
Monday, June 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM (PST) by jaystone
I’ve long considered The Business to be one of those bands that I should have seen when I had the chance. I recall being probably 17 when I heard “Smash The Discos” for the first time and feeling like I had already missed the boat. Along with bands like Cock Sparrer and Cockney Rejects and Sham 69, The Business represented such a specific moment in time that, as the years went on, seemed appealing and yet more and more distant.
However, 35 years after their debut (and mine, coincidentally), Micky Fitz and the boys are still at it. However, “the boys” have changed several times over the decades, creating, on paper at least, the impression that The Business circa 2014 were little more than a nostalgia act; Willy Mays playing for the Mets in 1973. Brett Favre playing for the Vikings in 2010. You get the idea. And yet, the band’s 2010 Sailor’s Grave Records release Doing The Business had more than a few bright spots, and their 2014 7-inch “Back In The Day” is one of the highlights of this year in street punk.
I can assure you that the 2014 edition of The Business is anything but a nostalgia act. Alongside high-octane Orlando punks The Attack, the UK four-piece rolled into Church of Boston on an early summer Wednesday evening. Local support came from the Beantown Boozehounds (whom, you might imagine, are a Boston band who fancy themselves a stiff beverage or twelve) and Salita, the new project featuring Kicked In The Head’s Gary Hedrick on vocals. The latter put on one of the more stellar “local opener” gigs that I’ve witnessed in quite some time. If only the sparse Wednesday night crowd had made its way to the front of the venue for any of the first three bands, we could have had ourselves a small but rowdy show for the ages.
Head below to see our photo gallery, featuring each of the night’s four bands.