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EP Review: Call It A Day – “Mind The Gap”

You know you’re in for some good skate punk when the drums eagerly roll in to energetically pummel you around the head after a whole two seconds of a guitar intro. Call It A Day waste little time in letting you know that this is going to be technical and this is going to be fast-paced punk rock. Two minutes of the opening song on their debut EP Mind The Gap zip by before the outdo snaps you out of your sugar rush reverie.

It might be the multicultural nature of their country, or their history of world class, fearless cuisine, but French bands always seem to have that little bit extra in terms of genres to add to their punk rock ratatouille. Call It A Day are no different and this is typified by their ability to rip through skate punk verses before smoothly transitioning into some head banging riffs. ‘Empty Promises’ adds some harmonies adds some harmonies to make it a standout song and a promise of what is to come from these guys.

Mind The Gap closes with the song ‘Valium’, which possibly has the best chorus of the three songs. One slight flaw is a verse that does little to distinguish itself from countless other euro-skate punk offerings. If anything, that’s being picky, as it’s no easy task to craft vocals over a mile-a-minute skate punk verse. Once the song slows a little the vocals truly shine and some intricate guitar work and an instrumental break lead into an outro that showcases how good the vocals can be.

Like their culinary countrymen and women who put French cooking on the map, Call It A Day have the ingredients and talent at their disposal to create something truly memorable. With this EP they are serving tasty portions of skate punk. A little extra prep work in the songwriting kitchen and these guys will be a real force. I’m eagerly awaiting their next course to see if they have tweaked the receipt to turn a good band into a great one.

Stream the EP below.



Album review: No Real Hero – “The Forest”

Hailing from Montreal, No Real Hero have unleashed a new EP, a follow-up to their 2014 self titled album. The Forest will have you feeling nostalgic for the early days of Fat Wreck Chords. Their brand of punk infused metal delivers a message of rebellion and heartbreak. The easiest comparison to make is Propagandhi. They are both Canadian, they both liberally use epic guitar riffage to highlight their punk sneer, and both seem intent on kick-starting a revolution.

The Forest opens with a track that seems pulled from Tron, dark and ominous with an electric pulse. This shroud is shredded by a barrage of guitar licks and a bombastic rhythm as “Comfort and Sorrow” makes it clear that this band is not here to play nice. ‘What’s good to you don’t mean shit to me’ they snarl as they lament about how people ‘Seek comfort in other people’s sorrow’.

“Broken Waters” a song about mourning the death of a child perfectly mirrors rage and despair with changes in tempo. One minute anger and swelling guitars, the next a soliloquy of despair. It’s a heartbreaking look at the helplessness felt in the mortality of someone so new to the world.

The incendiary nature of this EP shines through on “This is Home”. ‘Just watch us kids come together/we rise our fists high and strong’ is the riotous call to arms for despondent kids unsure of the rage they feel or their place in life. A song that one can only imagine would be amazing live, with all the kids that this song mentions singing along with their fists raised in solidarity.

“The Forest for the trees” provides a lush and technical display of guitar chops. Then we reach the pinnacle of the album, the closer “Red and Black” a song that explores a purposeful overdose on the part of a young girl upon the realization that her boyfriend shared her nude pictures. It’s a dark exposè on current social trends that plague our society.

The Forest is a short but intense offering from a band that takes a familiar style and completely makes it their own. This may be the only time I say this, but if they added a little more of that electronic Tron-esque sound from the opener to the rest of the album, I would not complain.

4.5 / 5 Stars



The SkudFux (punk rock) sign to Thousand Islands Records

Canadian punks The SkudFux have been announced as Thousand Islands Records latest signing. They play punk rock with elements of ska and reggae and are gearing up to release new material with their new label early next year.

In the meantime, their most recent EP ‘FERN’ is a fun listed and can be streamed below.



Family Meeting release final EP “Walk Left/Stand Right”

Toronto melodic punks Family Meeting have released their final EP Walk Left/Stand Right, which is out now Thousand Island Records. The band announced recently that they were to split after the release.

Have a listen on Spotify.

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Bring On The Storm (skate-punk) stream new EP “Altruism”

Canadian punk band Bring On The Storm released their debut album “Atruism” on November 4th. Fans of bands like A Wilhelm Scream, This Is A Standoff and the more technical skate punk stuff should definitely check them out. You can expect fast drumming, excellent melodies and some super fast guitar shredding. The only thing that sucks is that the record only has eight songs!

Listen to the full album below!



Family Meeting to split after release of upcoming EP

Toronto melodic punks Family Meeting are to call it quits after the release of their upcoming EP Walk Left/Stand Right, which is out November 29th on Thousand Island Records.  The band have released a statement about the split, which you can read below.

The EP is the below up to 2017’s No One Cares ‘Til You’re Dead. You can have a listen to advance track “Four Months of Rain” now.



Arising From (Melodic) streaming new album “Contemplating the Unknown”

Montreal based melodic-punks Arising From are streaming their latest release Contemplating the Unknown through Thousand Islands Records. The five song EP features that late 90’s early 2000’s melodic feel, while also dipping its toes into the Suicide Machines ska world for the second track “Was It You”.

Check out the new album below.

This is the first new music since Arising From’s self-titled EP released in 2017.



Call It A Day (Skate punk) join Thousand Island Records announce debut EP

French skate punks Call It A Day have announced that they have signed on with Thousand Island Records. The French punks also announced they will release their début EP Mind The Gap on November 1st. The first track off the new album “For Your Safety” is a banger, featuring some laser quick riffs and some equally sharp vocals.

You can check out the new track below.

As mentioned above, this is the début EP for Call It Day. If you’re a fan of Ten Foot Pole or 88 Fingers Louie, these guys feature the speedy guitar riffs of 88 Fingers, combined with the classic delivery of Ten Foot Pole’s classic skate punk vocals.



Fullcount announce new album “Part of the Game”

Quebec City punks Fullcount are to release the follow up to 2014’s “Concessions & Compromises” album. “Part of the Game” is out October 12th. Full details of the album’s tracklisting and artwork are up on the band’s Bandcamp now.

Album pre-orders will be available via Bandcamp on September 10th.



Family Meeting (melodic) streaming single “Four Months of Rain” off upcoming EP “Walk Left/Stand Right”

 

Toronto melodic punks Family Meeting are streaming their first single “Four Months of Rain” off of their upcoming EP Walk Left/Stand Right. The band recently had a shuffle as their lead singer Josh Riley had to head back to the land of Oz and has been replaced with bassist Davey Knight on vocals.

Check out the new single below.

This is the follow-up to 2017’s No One Cares ‘Til You’re Dead. No word on when the new EP will be released yet, but the band has just signed with Thousand Island Records.  



The Shorts stream “Ladies Night in Woomelang,” announce new EP ‘Bunker Monkey’

Australian pop-punk band The Shorts have shared the track “Ladies Night in Woomelang” from their upcoming EP Bunker Monkey. Stream that tune below.

The EP is set for an August 16 release date via Thousand Island Records. Their last studio release was the 2017 EP Chickenshit.