Album Review: The Copyrights – “No Knocks” EP

When it was announced earlier on in the year that The Copyrights were to be releasing music on Fat Wreck Chords it seemed like the perfect match. The release signalling a reciprocal tick in the box for both parties: The Copyrights releasing some new material on one of punk’s most revered labels and Fat Wreck releasing music from one of the genre’s brightest and most promising bands.

The Copyrights have been writing and recording their brand of consistently good punk rock for over a decade now and this release on Fat Wreck seems like a natural step on the band’s current upward trajectory. Of course this dalliance on Fat Wreck does not mean The Copyrights have moved labels and will release album number six ‘Report‘ via long time home label Red Scare Industries in August.

There are three new songs on offer here, two of which will find their way onto the new album, leaving one exclusive to this release. The first and title track ‘No Knocks‘ is absolutely as immediate and catchy a song as you’re likely to hear this year. Sung from the perspective of a charmed existence the track gets its hooks in early and holds onto you for its short duration. Second track ‘Keep The Change‘ gets out the blocks with pace and climaxes with some great band vocals. Third track ‘Don’t Want In‘ won’t feature on the new album and that in itself is an indication of the strength in material the band are writing at the moment. It’s a substantial track that builds with an almost post-hardcore style only to refer back to its insatiable chorus.

To put it simply the three new songs on offer here are the epitome of what good pop-punk should be. The Copyrights let their music do the talking with no gimmicks just short blasts of honest, memorable and succinct punk rock. Album number six is looking very promising indeed.

4.5/5 Stars

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