This week has been stacked. Between playing catch-up on premieres and getting my 40 hrs on some remodel, I somehow managed to gain a local community radio DJs favor, who hooked me up with free Bad Religion tickets – then home for a late night writing session, before waking up early to get the kids to school and back off to work again. It almost slipped my mind that Municipal Waste was tonight. Those were $10 tickets son! I’d picked up a few but the couple friends I invited couldn’t make it… So I brought the kiddos, and the eldest (11) straight DOMINATED the pit, crowd-surfed, and only high-fived the lead singer. (or so he tells me… I can’t believe I missed it!) No biggie though. The point? It’s another late night, and tomorrow is another early morning, but then… it’s the WEEKEND! I don’t have to work. I’m not playing a show. I get to clean, and relax!!!!!!
And what better way to celebrate a long week (or month) then with some good oi music? Albeit, the song “Squared Away” isn’t about taking your boots off. It’s about putting them on.
Maybe it’s just me, but I love when a song starts on drums. The opening percussion solo/ tom roll is a definitive call-to-arms before perhaps the simplest but dare-I-say most epic of guitar techniques – a good ear splitting pickslide – chimes in to bring with it utter devastation to your copacetic equilibrium, and that’s just the first five seconds.
South Class Veterans are a five-piece skin head outfit out of New Jersey. They lay down thick, hefty East Coast street punk. Recently they’ve been picked up by Demons Run Amok Entertainment, and are set to release their debut full-length album Hell to Pay on October 25 to follow up their 2017 EP, Tall Cans and Shortcomings. Album pre-orders are available here. They’ve given Dying Scene the green light to premiere the first single off that album, “Squared Away” – a song about the eruption of violence at an infamous Dropkick Murphy’s/Oxymoron show in 1999 Teaneck, NJ.
“The night is young and the clubs packing. We’ve been at it for weeks, you can feel the tension. LET’S GO! We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!The booze is flowing and the music’s right, just need a little spark to set this place alight. LET’S GO! We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!”
Stream “Squared Away” below.