It is good to see that in these weird times dominated by Covid-19, bands hungering to the stage keep themselves busy by working on and releasing new music. And so does Amsterdam based street rock’n’roll combo Savage Beat and they are good at it.
Recently they released a new 12” with the appropriate title ‘New World’. Although the title track originally written out of anger about the gentrification of Amsterdam, where all the cool bars and clubs had to close down and real rock’n’roll places were pushed further back to the industrial outskirts of town, the song took on an extra meaning when in March we all woke up in a new world. To quote the opening track: “This is a new world, but I belong to the old” Don’t we all want to belong to the old again?!
With ‘All Bars In Town’ closed this ‘New World’ LP is a great soundtrack while your ‘Trapped’ at home, ‘Killing Time’. Savage Beat is known for its hard hitting rocking sound but there isn’t anything better for your mental health right now than blasting these five dirty, catchy savage beats and straightforward punk rock’n’roll tunes through your speakers. You won’t regret it. For the fans of Peter Pan Speedrock, Stealers, …8.5/10. The LP comes with a playable A-side and an unplayable screen-printed B-side.
The Choice Few, from Vancouwer Island (Canada) is a relative new band formed in August 2019. The band consists of former Last Crusade and No Heart members, one of them being Mike Underwood. If you are familiar with The Rebellion Records releases Mike is no unfamiliar name. With ‘The Choice Few’ Mike is back with a more melodic pub rock, street rock band. This debut 12” is a co-production between Rebellion Records (EU) and LSM Vinyl (North America).
‘One Way Streets’ contains a total of seven melodic but powerfull mid and down tempo street rock songs with a high dose of MOD influenced rock and roll and a dash of Slade alike glamrock, making the sound of ‘One Way Street’ less rough, more melodic and catchier than ‘Last Crusade’ and ‘No Heart’. The second track ‘Monotony’ even has an 80s punk / new wave vibe: it reminds me a bit of the Vapors ‘Turning Japanese’. So if you dig/ ‘Last Crusade’ and ‘No Heart’ but also ‘Slade’ and even bands as ‘The Manics’ you will digg this one too. 8/10
Nowar is a Positive Hardcore band from Kiel, Germany who just released their first full length record. It is the follower to their demotape Nowhere, that got released two years ago. Nowar is such a band that got me into hardcore and punkrock music. Not the tough guy shit or the ‘no future’ bands but the ones with positive and constructive vibes. The ones with socio-political lyrics, the ones that were critical towards what’s going on. And that’s what I hear in Nowar’s music. Their sound has a good variety in tempo and style build on a nineties progressive hardcore foundation, it has a melodic hardcore touch, a nice groove at times and an overall good drive.
Live By The Sword – Exploring Soldiers Rise LP/CD 2021 Rebellion Records
Live By The Sword, the NL/USA band featuring singer Erick Barnes (Strong Arm And The Bullies) and Wouter Davids (Label owner at Rebellion Records and Cosmic Key Creations) is back with a new full length album.
‘Exploring Soldiers Rise’ is the love child of what Rebellion Records and Cosmic Key Creations have to offer. It is the perfect hybrid of streetpunk and metal combining elements of punk, Oi, hardrock, folkmetal, viking metal and black metal alike riffs to a unique blend of Epic Streetrock. The band has made a massive evolution and you can hear that a lot of effort has been put in this boundary-breaking record to create the most divers, most heroic, most impressive and darkest Live By The Sword sound up to date with songs about the irrelevance of mankind, primal forces of nature, history, the undeniable power of steel, …
‘Exploring Soldiers Rise’ is without a doubt their best work so far an my most favourite Live By The Sword release up to date. The Album comes with a beautiful artwork, a painting by Johan Prenger (known from Reflections Records and his amazing dark and occult paintings) based on a picture by Michiel Eikenaar (r.i.p.). Wrapped in a gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180g vinyl.
‘Exploring Soldiers Rise’ is a must have for anyone who think out of the punk and/or metal box. 9,5/10
TRACKLIST: Side A: 01. Exploring Soldiers Rise 02. As History Unfolds 03. A Glorious Iron Blaze 04. Into A New Dark Age Side B: 05. Whispers Of A Vicious Kind 06. The Inevitable Fall 07. The Great Mountain 08. Scars Of The Ages
After releasing a demo CD a few months ago the Dutch (Fryslan) outfit ‘Bent Out Of Shape’ (or B.O.O.S.) just released their debut EP ‘Who Laughs Last’ through Demons Run Amok Entertainment! ‘Bent Out Of Shape’ aren’t some new kids on the block, the members have a history in a diversity of hardcore, punk and rock bands and consist of (former) members of Spirit 84, DSS, No Denial, Dead Horse Running, de Hûnekop, …
Due to their background, musically ‘Who Laughs Last’ has a heavy, a bit brutal streetpunk sound build on a hardcore foundation but with a strong Old School classic Oi! Sound. It also has, certainly the opening track ‘Who Laughs Last’, a Bishops Green vibe. The four songs make this a more than decent and solid EP, powerful and catchy and a must have if you’re into a more heavier streetpunk sound but with a classic touch.
In September 2020, their new album “U.A.S” was released online but now they are about to release it on vinyl. Fresh blood, fresh sound and sharp as nails!
Unite Against Society, a Belgian streetpunk band, was founded back in 1996. Four friends with a passion for punk and OI! who wanted to get out there on stage and fuck shit up while having a blast!
They started out with covers of their favorite bands such as 4 Skins, Cock Sparrer, The Ejected, Smegma… The cover of the Smegma song “United” actually inspired them for the band name.
After a casette demo they released their first CD“Oi!, Loud, Fast and Proud” by the end of 1997. In 2001 the band got signed to legendary record label Helen of Oi! and their second CD and LP “Loved By Few” was released. Over the years they shared stages with the likes of Oxymoron, The Last Resort, Discipline, Deadline, The Business, GBH, The Exploited, Evil Conduct… In 2007 the band released their third CD “Our way, released DIY. UAS took a break for a couple of years. In 2018, the band attracted an extra guitar player and a new drummer and went back to writing songs. In September 2020, their new album “U.A.S” was released online, with vinyl release end of year.
Honestly I think I have a new favourite Polish band next to Lazy Class 😉. This second album by Pleasure Trap has been spinning some rounds now and I’m becoming a fan of this four year old Polish Mod, Beat, Punk, Ska … band. On ‘Walls’ Pleasure Trap combine different musical influences and make it their own going from melodic punk rock to Rancid alike ska punk. Combine that with personal related songs and some socio critical lyrics like on Roles, Walls, Bombs, … you get a more then decent record with a message. Divers, melodic and good to chew punk rock straight outta Warsaw. Check it, give it a try and hit repeat.
The Janitors started in 2003 in La Rochelle (France), soon recorded their first demo which attracted a lot of attention, also from French Oi! fanzine Une Vie Pour Rien? who were starting a record label. The Janitors ‘Bloody Boredom’ 7’’ became one of their first releases. The band, still in the same line-up, have shared stages with bands such as Cockney Rejects, Last Resort, Oppressed, , Templars, Evil Conduct, The Kids, Demented Are Go!, …
Recently Rebellion Records released a new ten track ‘The Janitors’ album. On this ‘Backtstreet Ditties’ the band deliver a good rock and roll vibe. Ten raw and melodic tracks that combine the best of 70s punk and early 80s Oi! It is like Evil Conduct meets a rawer version of The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers with the UK Subs popping through.
Tracklist: Side A: 1. Don’t Wanna Do It 2. Ain’t That Drunk 3. Back Street Ditty 4. Panic Attack 5. You’re A Disease Side B: 6. No Turning Back 7. I Don’t Give A Fuck About You 8. Fancy Pills 9. Playing With The Matches 10. Hate At First Sight
‘Yikes’ is the debut EP by Pennsylvania Punk Rock duo ‘Advocaat’ and it is out on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and as a vinyl 7”. With 5 tracks clocking under 12 minutes the EP is over before you know it but I’m convinced that you will hit the repeat button just to hear that catchy pop-punk opening track “Neighborless’ again.
In my honest opinion the best part of the EP is formed by the strong opener ‘Neighborless’ and follower ‘Badly’, a very 50s rock and roll and doo-wop inspired track that would not be misplaced on the Grease soundtrack. In the middle you are treated with a track that is the most hardcore punk of them all ‘No Plans’. Not sure why this one is on the EP, it seems like its the ugly duck in the pond but it proofs that ‘Advocaat’ also can write a decent hardcore punk track. Both ‘Crimson Horror’ and closing ‘Leave’ are more than decent punk rock tunes. Overall ‘Yikes’ is a solid EP, nothing ground-breaking but with some fine tunes 7.5/10