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Album Review: The Decline – Flash Gordon Ramsay Street

Hailing from Perth, Australia, The Decline are back with their fourth studio album; Flash Gordon Ramsay Street. This album is a return to the fast, loud punk rock that underpinned their first 2 albums but went missing somewhat on their previous release “Resistor”. You could be forgiven for thinking that this album is a 90’s or early 2000’s punk band signed to Fat Wreck Chords, it has definitely got that Southern California punk feel about it. 

The album artwork is uniquely Australian with a Kookaburra sitting on a street sign that reads the album title “Flash Gordon Ramsay Street” in front of a court bowl bearing resemblance to that of Ramsay Street. For non-Australian (or British) readers; Ramsay Street is iconic for being the setting of terrible Australian soap opera “Neighbours”. The process of nonsensically joining pairs of words that flow into one another, the way a rapper – or schizophrenic – may, is continued from the album title to the 6th song ‘Summerbucht’ and the 13th song ’Bahia De Verano’. These songs, each 5 seconds long, include the same 15 words “flash Gordon Ramsay street fighter pilot light sabre tooth fairy dust Pan Pacific rim job” as the former ramps up in intensity and the latter winds down with the album. 

The album reaches a value-for-money 17 songs but only checks in at 30min in length, ensuring the listener doesn’t lose interest or get bored throughout the album. Kicking off with the very solid “Bullet With Buffalo Wings”, the album really comes into its own on the second -and arguably the best- song “Brovine”.  Without having any context, it is hard to tell whether this song is about sexual harassment and domestic abuse, or factory farms and meat-eating – most likely it is about both. The songs’ verses are tied together with a chorus-chant of “fuck off with your macho shit” sung with such passion that I can’t help but join in every time it is sung, I can only imagine this would be amazing in a live show. The albums intensity continues to rise through the fourth song “War” which features guest singer Nuno Pereira of A Wilhelm Scream taking control of the song for a single verse that completely changes from The Decline’s usual sound to that AWS.

The guest vocals don’t end there, the very next song, “A Verge Collection”, features Stacy Dee of Bad Cop Bad Cop as the girlfriend that the protagonist is running from. As the album approaches the end, the mood is lifted slightly by the song “Get Hyrule, Save Zelda” which features slightly more poppy music over a more relaxed set of lyrics about playing Zelda. For Australian music fans, it is worth identifying this song as another – “Get, See” song, starting with The Smith Street Band’s “Get High, See Mice”, Lincoln Le Fevre’s “Get Drunk, See Bands” and Luca Brasi’s “Get Sad, See No One”. 

The raised mood is only temporary before the album ends on a particularly sad pair of songs, “Your Funeral” and “Josh”. “Your Funeral” is the only slow song on the album and is sung with serious emotion; the lyrics express concern for an old friend, the lyrics “feels like we wrote the whole of Eat That in your background over beers” identifies the friend in trouble as a past band member and quite likely former vocalist Dan Cribb. The song focuses on the friends mental health issues, not being in contact with the friend and the associated feeling of not being able to do anything to make a difference. This leads into the louder “Josh” a tribute to a friend who has died and how different things are now that he is gone. This doesn’t have the raw sadness of “Your Funeral” and feels more like a celebration of the life and good times that were shared before the passing of Josh. 

The album has really put The Decline back in the drivers seat of Australian punk rock and demonstrates that they should be far more famous than they are. A little more touring to get their music out there and this album would be taking out the top spot on a lot of reviewers end of year lists. 

4.5/5 Stars



The Decline release video for “It Was Always You”; announce tour dates

Perth’s favorite skate punks The Decline have just released a video for their new single, “It Was Always You.”  It’s the second single from their upcoming album, Flash Gordon Ramsay Street, which will be released on August 30th.  The band has also announced a tour with Nerdlinger.

Check out the video and tour dates below.



Stream three new songs from The Decline’s new album, “Flash Gordon Ramsay Street”

Australia’s The Decline are currently streaming three new songs off their upcoming album, Flash Gordon Ramsay Street. The album will be released August 30th on Disconnect Disconnect Records, and you can check out the songs below.



The Decline (skate punk) release “Verge Collection” video; announce tour dates

Australian skate punk band The Decline are about to head out on tour in July to support their new single, “Verge Collection”. They’ll be supported by Flangipanis for most of the dates.

Fri 5 July – Under The Influence, Adelaide (Crown & Anchor)
Sat 6 July – The Tote, Melbourne
Fri 12 July – Factory Floor, Sydney*
Sat 13 July – The Dead of Winter Festival, Brisbane
Sun 14 July – Vinnie’s Dive, Gold Coast
Fri 19 July – Lucy’s Love Shack, Perth*

*Flangipanis not appearing

Watch the official video for “Verge Collection” below.



Local Resident Failure and The Decline stream tracks from upcoming split 7″

Australian skate punk bands Local Resident Failure and The Decline will be releasing a split 7″ on September 8th through Pee Records.

Check out two tracks from the split below, and head over here to pre-order the 7″.

Local Resident Failure’s latest album This Here’s The Hard Part was released in 2015. The Decline’s most recent LP Resister came out that year as well.



Ben Elliott (The Decline) streaming new solo EP – ‘No Restrooms For The Wicked’

Ben Elliott (guitar/vocals in The Decline) is now streaming his new solo EP, No Restrooms For The Wicked. Give it a listen here.

The EP is officially available to buy/download today. 50% of all money made from sales will be donated to The Black Dog Institute, and Australian not-for-profit organization focused on “the development and dissemination of the knowledge needed to understand, prevent and treat the significant mental health challenges facing the world.”

Elliott’s last solo release was his 2014 EP, All The Hotsauce In The World, which you can download for free/name your price on his Bandcamp page here.



The Decline stream new song “Can’t Have Both”

Australian punk rockers The Decline are streaming a brand new single called “Can’t Have Both.” It is officially scheduled for release on November 18th, however they have put it up for an advanced stream, which you can check out below.

This single follows the group’s LP, Resister, which was released on June 12th, 2015 through Pee Records. (AUS), Bird Attack (USA) and Bells On Records (Japan).



The Decline release new music video – “I Don’t Believe”

Australian skate punks The Decline have a new music video out for their track, “I Don’t Believe.” See if you can pick out the guest stars (or just read the video description) when you watch the video below.

The song is off the band’s latest full-length album, Resister, which they released in June of 2015 via Pee Records. (AUS), Bird Attack (USA) and Bells On Records (Japan).

The Decline are currently on tour in the US with Brooklyn folk-punk group MakeWar. Check out the dates/locations here.



The Decline announce U.S. tour with MakeWar

Australian skate punk act The Decline have announced U.S. tour dates with Brooklyn folk punk act MakeWar (formally Sad and French).

You can view the tour dates and locations below.

The Decline’s third LP, Resister, was released on June 12, 2015 through Pee Records. (AUS), Bird Attack (USA) and Bells On Records (Japan). MakeWar released their self-titled album on August 28, 2015 through Black Numbers (U.S.) and Gunner Records (Europe).



The Decline announce European tour dates

Australian skate punk act The Decline have announced additional European tour dates.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

The Decline’s third LP, Resistor, was released on June 12, 2015 through  Pee Records.



The Decline announce UK tour dates with Fair Do’s

Australian skate punk act The Decline have announced UK tour dates with Fair Do’s.

You can check out the tour dates and locations below.

The Decline’s third LP, Resistor, was released on June 12, 2015 through  Pee Records.



Lockjaw Records announces charity comp ft. The Decline, Belvedere, Gnarwolves & more

The fine people at UK punk label Lockjaw Records have announced they will be releasing a charity compilation titled No Guts No Glory: A Tribute to Kicking Crohn’s and Colitis’ Ass. All proceeds will be donated to Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

The comp, which releases on May 9th, features 26 songs from great bands like The Decline, Belvedere, Gnarwolves, A Wilhelm Scream, and many others.

Check out No Guts No Glory‘s full tracklist below, and head over to the label’s webstore to pre-order it for the price of your choosing.



Disconnect Disconnect Records stream new compilation “Fast Around The World”

Fans of skate-punk, melodic hardcore or just punk rock bands whose guitarist thinks they’re at an Iron Maiden audition could do a lot worse this week than having a browse over to Disconnect Disconnect Records website and checking out the labels latest offerings on the compilation “Fast Around The World”. Featuring the likes of Rebuke, Thousand Oaks and The Decline this compilation is an absolute must for fans of fast. It can be enjoyed it it’s entirety below but independents like Disconnect Disconnect could sure use the cash to keep bringing you such treats so get over there and buy it already.



Free Music: Oxford Records – ‘Stoke Break’ comp. featuring The Decline, Sic Waiting, Local Resident Failure

Huntington Beach, CA (formerly Chicago) punk rock label Oxford Records is back with another absolutely rad compilation, Volume II: Stoke Break. Even better, you can get the entire thing for free/name your price. Listen and download below.

The compilation features tracks from the likes of Sic Waiting, Local Resident Failure, DC Fallout, Down Goes Goodman, The Decline, and a lot more.

Oxford Records released their first compilation, The Ivy League, in 2014. Check that one out here.



DS Photo Gallery: Civil War Rust, The Decline, Yankee Brutal at Night Lights, Oakland, CA (10.2.15)

The first Friday of October brought me to the streets of Oakland to check out Dying Scene favorites Yankee Brutal, Australia’s The Decline, and local heroes Civil War Rust at the intimate bar/venue Night Lights off Broadway. There was immense traffic due to the SF Giants game that night, so by the time I rolled up to the venue, local band/openers Drunk-Dial had just finished their set.

Sacramento’s Yankee Brutal is in the process of recording a new album, however the bulk of the band’s set was sourced from their highly-acclaimed debut album “The Everlasting Greed”. The band loves playing fast – like, as fast as they can. Sometimes this leads to some beat/rhythm problems, but the band always manages to quickly get back on point. The guys began their set with the opening track “Facedown”, and it was mayhem from the first chord. Some of my other favorites played include title track “Everlasting Greed”, “Revolt”, “Modern World”, “United Strangnant”, and more. It had been a couple years since I had seen these guys live, and it was really nice to see how they’ve progressed. The heat in the upstairs venue was now near reaching a boiling point, just in time for a set break and the opportunity for everyone to run downstairs and catch some fresh air before the Aussies took the stage.

Next up was Perth, Australia’s The Decline. This was my first time seeing these guys and it was a great performance. The band recently released their newest LP “Resister”, this past June through Pee Records, and their setlist was comprised mainly of the new tracks. “Giving Up Is A Gateway Drug”, “Camberwell Street”, and “Underworld Tour” are just some of the tracks which showcase the band’s grit yet melody. At times out of control, at times melodic and ‘poppy’, The Decline does well in blending several styles into a cohesive sound. The band even graced our eardrums with a little NOFX cover!

Civil War Rust were the headliners for the night, bringing the loud, fast-paced, energetic and sometimes frantic night of punk to an end. The fans were loving the set, and by the end of it were up on stage sharing the mic with the band. These guys represent the best things in modern punk – great breaks, ripping guitar riffs, driving bass lines, and gritty yet melodic vocals. Listen to a track like “Mayday”, and you’re convinced. The guys have a great stage presence too, not afraid to raise a guitar in the air or trash around on stage. I always appreciate bands that set the energy level for the fans. One of my highlights of the night was when the band covered one of my favorite Cock Sparrer songs “Take ‘Em All”. Colin & co. would be proud. Civil War Rust has a new album in the works, entitled “Help Wanted”. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Have a look at all of the night’s photos below. Thanks to Wesley, and the boys in Decline, for a memorable night.