Search Results for "Oi!"

Album Review: Noi!se – “The Scars We Hide”

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?

5/5 Stars

Living Fire (oi!/street punk) release “Dead to Sin”

Brazilian oi! and street punk group Living Fire have just released their sophomore album Dead to Sin via Thumper Punk Records. You can order it here.

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.

Justice Blocc (Oi!) stream upcoming 7-inch, announce 2 week tour dates

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.

The Scally Cap Brats launch Indiegogo campaign to fund new album “Our Storied Past”

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.

The Old Firm Casuals’ drummer Paul Rivas breaks arm, band hopes to continue European tour

Image taken from The Old Firm Casuals’ facebook page

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.

Pirates Press Records releases Cock Sparrer 6-cassette bundle set including “Shock Troops”, “Runnin Riot in ’84”, etc.

Pirates Press Records has just announced that they will be releasing a whole bunch of Cock Sparrer albums in cassette format!

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.

The Old Firm Casuals announce “This Means War” release details

Release details have finally been announced for the debut full-length from The Old Firm Casuals (featuring Lars from Rancid, as you should know by now).

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.

“This Means War” will be released via Oi! the Boat Records. If you haven’t done so yet, check out the band’s video for the track “Perry Boys” below.

Music Video: The Old Firm Casuals – “Perry Boys”

Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen’s side project The Old Firm Casuals have released a music video for their song “Perry Boys.” Check it out below.

“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.

DS Photo Gallery: The Business, The Attack, Salita and Beantown Boozehounds – Church of Boston (6/25/14)

The Business

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.

Photo Gallery: Cock Sparrer at Backstage Bar (PRB club show 5/25/14)

One of the most memorable moments of the Punk Rock Bowling weekend was being able to see Cock Sparrer in a much more intimate environment than normal – the energy of a small show versus a festival setting is truly night and day.

Our good friends at Pirates Press Records set us up with entry to the ‘surprise’ show, and the performance was incredible. Being surrounded by good friends and familiar faces as one of the most talented and enduring punk acts took the stage was probably the best ‘midway point’ to the weekend that anyone could ask for.

Cock Sparrer had just headlined the PRB main stage the night before, but if you talk to any fan they’ll tell you they could see ’em seven nights in a row and never tire. I have never left a Sparrer show disappointed; bruised, bloodied, shirtless, and limping – but never disappointed.

The set began (in frequent typical fashion) with “Riot Squad” – the sirens indicate shit is about to kick off. Staying hard the band followed with “Watch Your Back” before “Working”, “Sussed”, “Teenage Heart”, and “What’s It Like To Be Old”. The band really hit the mark with the songs they played – covering most of my favorites including “AU” and “Argy Bargy”. Many songs were repeated, and the band finished the night with the almost obligatory encore of “England Belongs to Me” and “We’re Coming Back”.

Have a look at some of Cock Sparrer’s ‘surprise guest’ set below, as well as the opening bands NASA Space Universe and The Forgotten.

Thanks again to Eric (PPR) and Brian (BCS) for thinking of me!

The Old Firm Casuals (ft. Lars from Rancid) to release new full-length this year

According to a recent post on their Facebook page, Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen and the rest of the guys in The Old Firm Casuals are planning on releasing a new, 13-song album sometime within the next few months.

Nothing else has been announced as of yet but we’ll keep you all in the loop as more details on the record come to light. Hopefully this doesn’t have an impact on the release of that new Rancid album we’ve been waiting for.

The Old Firm Casuals (ft. Lars from Rancid) announce European tour dates

Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen’s side project The Old Firm Casuals will be heading out on a two-week European tour this summer. Details on when and where they’ll be stopping can be found below.

The Old Firm Casuals last released a 7-inch entitled Never Say Die in January through Oi! The Boat Records, who also released the band’s double LP For the Love It All on April 27th, 2013.

Oxley’s Midnight Runners (featuring Lars Fredricksen) to release debut 7-inch “We Are Legion”

You may not have heard of Oxley’s Midnight Runners, but you have sure as hell heard of their lineup:  Lars Fredricksen (Rancid, Old Firm Casuals) has teamed up with Mike from The Fatskins, and Jeff and Dave from 90 Proof and Boot Party.  The Phoenix-based oi! band is set to release their debut EP, We Are Legion, on Oi! The Boat Records this May.

You can check out a brief preview of what’s to come below.

The Prowlers streaming new song “Voisin de la Terreur”

Canadian oi! band The Prowlers are streaming a new song entitled “Voisin de la Terreur”

You can check it out below.

The song will appear on their upcoming split with the Angelic Upstarts, which is due out on May 30, 2014 through Insurgence Records.

EP stream: Bad Assets and 1592 stream “This is City” split

Detroit Oi! band Bad Assets and reggae punks 1592 are streaming their “This is City” split.

You can give it a listen below.

“This is City” is slated for a May 10th release.