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Album Review: Sink Alaska – ‘Battle Lines From Better Times’

Sometimes the blow of certain bands breaking up is softened by the knock-on effect of a new fresh band forming; and although Sink Alaska have been on the go for a couple of years now, that is definitely the case here! Sink Alaska, a 4 piece melodic punk band from Glasgow were formed from the break up of two Scottish punk bands: The Day I snapped and Beauty School Dropout; both bands were influential in their time and are still missed, but the end result was the formation of Sink Alaska, and it’s some result.

Their new EP Battle Lines From Better Times has just been released on Scottish punk label Make-That-A-Take and takes the form of four tracks and a fantastic front cover. The cover’s image portrays a robot-costume adorned little boy towering victorious, sword raised to the skies, having just defeated what is now a giant pile of teddy bear and toy carnage! As covers go, it’s pretty special, and was the charming creation of Mark Bell, the artist behind the band’s previous EP The Path Of Least Resistance in 2014, which has an equally immense cover!

The EP’s first track, “I Am A Legend / I Am A Robot,” finely starts proceedings and within the first few moments of hearing this melodic punk gem, you just know you’re on to a winner. It’s tracks like this, just relentlessly and instantly melodic, that catch you off guard the first time you listen and suddenly the search for your next favourite song can, for the time being, be relented! Although once you get past the intoxicating melodies and listen to the lyrics you’ll find that the song is highly introspective. ”I try to make sense of what I know, one door closes another one shows, every now and then I try to look around, good times don’t last forever’s what I’ve found”. As we all get older, the realisation of not being around forever becomes ever clearer, and “I Am A Legend / I Am A Robot” covers the topic with aplomb!

Next up is “All That Got Hurt Was Feelings” with a simmering intro that promises to be a much harder edged song and remains so until the chorus; which, similarly to “I Am A Legend / I Am A Robot,” grabs you by the cajones and has you humming it five hours later in the car, and this is seemingly non-negotiable. The song’s subject matter is all about regret and hope, with lyrics like “These words won’t change anything I know to be true, it’s way to late for me to explain, now I know what I gotta do”. If you’ve ever been in a failing relationship then these words should be as relatable to you as they are subjective to the writer.

The remainder of the EP absolutely follows in kind. “Poacher Turned Gamekeeper,” a song about dispensing knowledgeable advice is again pretty much a flawless melodic punk song, as is final track “Overkill Is Underrated.” This EP review took slightly longer to write than usual as someone decided to ram into this writer’s car causing a whole heap of delays and problems but that resulted in the EP being listened to many, many times over and each of the four tracks has, at one point, been the favourite of the four. Right now it’s “Overkill Is Underrated” but that will have changed again by the time you’re reading this; making this EP exactly the kind you need in your life!

While Sink Alaska’s infectious blend of cross Atlantic 90’s punk rock stems from influences that are patently obvious, they manage where some fail in the genre, with making their songs memorable, thought provoking and not just another collection of songs about how girls are, like, so lame! I can’t stress enough how good a melodic punk EP this is, equally as good as anything in the genre I’ve heard in a good long while.

As Mark Bell was again chosen to illustrate the band’s cover art, similarly the band decided to keep the same producer from previous effort The Path Of Least Resistance with the illustrious Chris Gordon, from Baby Chaos and Deckard fame, taking the production helm and making the whole thing sound fantastic!

If you’re after punk rock with choruses so catchy that they will remain with you, like a ghostly pal, who long after you’ve taken the headphones from your ears, will every now and then softly whisper in your ear and say ”Fancy listening to that Sink Alaska EP again, mate” (but maybe that’s just me…) then this is the very EP for you. It’s expertly produced, lyrically life-affirming and is proper melodic punk rock with real soul, heart and meaning; with just a sprinkling of masterpiece cover art.

One thing you take from the EP’s lyrics are that our moments in life are fleeting and short, but the silver lining to that sad fact is, so are most punk rock songs! Highly recommended!

5 / 5



Premiere: Stream upcoming Sink Alaska EP “Battle Lines From Better Times”

Take heed melodic punk fans! Scottish punks Sink Alaska will be releasing their new EP Battle Lines from Better Times on March 1st via Make That A Take Records but you don’t have to wait until then to hear it! Stream that bad boy in its entirety below.

Battle Lines from Better Times will be the band’s first release since 2014′s Double A-Side 7″. Pre-order it here.



Sink Alaska announce upcoming release of “Battle Lines from Better Times” EP

Scottish punks Sink Alaska have a new EP coming out on March 1st, and you can preview one of the songs below.  “Overkill is Underrated” is the first song of the 4-track EP to be released.

The new EP is called Battle Lines from Better Times, and it will be the band’s first release since 2014’s Double A-Side 7″. 



Free Comp Download: “Make Yer Ane Comp VI” (The Kimberly Steaks, Murderburgers & more)

Our friends at Make That A Take Records just released the sixth installment in their Make Yer Ane Comp series. The 42-track compilation features songs from The Kimberly Steaks, The Murderburgers, Sink Alaska, and many other great bands.

You can check the comp out below, and download it for free by heading over to the label’s Bandcamp page.



Sink Alaska offer “The Path of Least Resistance” for free today

Scottish punks Sink Alaska released their latest 7-inch on September 1st through Make-That-A-Take Records, and for today (October 3rd, 2014) only, they are offering their track “The Path of Least Resistance” for free. You can snag the song below.

The recent release on which the track appeared, Double A-Side 7″ , was a follow-up to the band’s 2013 self-titled EP.



DS Exclusive: Sink Alaska (punk rock) stream new 7-inch

Scottish punks Sink Alaska are planning on releasing a new 7-inch on September 1st through Make-That-A-Take Records, and we’re stoked to be bringing you all this exclusive premiere of the EP!

Give “The Path of Least Resistance” and “Among the Wretched” a listen below, and head over to the label’s Bandcamp page to grab the 7-inch if you like what you hear.



Sink Alaska (punk) release music video for new song “The Path of Least Resistance”

UK punk rockers Sink Alaska have uploaded a brand new music video for their song “The Path of Least Resistance”, which appears on their upcoming double A-side 7″. You can check the video out below.

The record will be made available on September 1st through Make-That-A-Take Records, and is a follow-up to the band’s 2013 self titled EP.



“Fucking the Nation Every Day” releases sixth international compilation for free download

German DIY internet radio punkrockers-radio.de has just released its sixth free international punk compilation titled Fucking The Nation Every Day. You can give it a listen and download the entire album here.

Fucking The Nation Every Day includes tracks by a variety of punk groups, such as Sink Alaska, The Lemonaids, Officer Down, The Franceens, and more.

The compilation includes 26 songs in total, all from different bands which altogether represent 13 countries. It is a great way to introduce yourself to some new bands and support the international punk community.



Make That A Take Records stream “Roaster” 4-way split from Uniforms, Sink Alaska, Question the Mark & The Walking Targets

Make That A Take Records is streaming a 4-way split featuring Uniforms, Sink Alaska, Question the Mark, and The Walking Targets.

The split is called “Roaster” and you can check it out below. There are also 300 copies of it available on “Reign In Blood” colored vinyl, so if you want that, head on over here!



Make-That-A-Take Records releasing 4-way split, “Roaster”

Scotland-based punk collective Make-That-A-Take Records have announced a new four-way split, called “Roaster.” The artwork is to the left, and the four bands involved are Uniforms, Sink Alaska,  Question the Mark, and The Walking Targets.

The album will be limited to 300 copies on “reign in blood” colored vinyl, and will be released on November 29 at the Book Yer Ane Fest.

Check out other Make-That-A-Take releases here.



Sink Alaska (Scottish melodic punk act) streaming two new songs

Scottish melodic punk act, Sink Alaska are streaming two brand new songs called “The World Ain’t What It Seems Gunny” and “Dolphins Used To Live On The Land.”

You can give them a listen here.