REVIEW: External Menace / The Droogettes – split

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External Menace / The Droogettes – split
7” 2015 Rebel Sound Music

External Menace is a UK punk band formed in 1979 in Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland. They released a few singles and recorded some demo’s before they disbanded in 1985. In 1995 Captain Oi! Records released the ‘Pure Punk Rock’ compilation CD of their work and the band began recording again and putting out records.

This split is the band’s first official release of NEW material since 1998. ‘Playing God’ and ‘Rights Now’ are some good old fashion UK punk rock tunes with, here and there, a not so overwhelming Ska sound. You know songs that could be played during a ‘The Undertones’, ‘Stiff Little Fingers’ and ‘The Clash’ jam session.

“… There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim …”
The Droogettes, an all female punk an Oi! band from Philadelphia (USA), must be big fans of Anthony Burgess ‘A Clockwork Orange’ filmed by Stanley Kubrick. Not only is their band name a reference to Alex (the main character) his droogs, they also adopted the dress code and ‘Girls At The Milk Bar’ is a reference to ‘the Korova Milkbar’ where Alex and his gang hang out.

This split is the follow-up to their 2014 CD mini-album on Creep Records. In a male dominated scene, the more poppy sound of the Droogettes, form a nice alternative for the testosterone driven Oi! of their male counterparts and the catchy Antifa Roller Skating get stuck in you head after a few spins. 7,5/10.

Track List:
1. External Menace: Playin God
2. External Menace: Rights Now
3. The Droogettes: Girls At The Milk Bar
4. The Droogettes: Antifa Roller Skating


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