In 1993, from the remnants of Nuremberg, Germany’s punk band USK the four-piece outfit DROOGIE BOIS emerged, and after a few line-up changes the band called it a day in 1995. In the summer of 2008, three ex-members of the DROOGIE BOIS met at the wedding of one of them, and decided to give it another try, and put out their debut album, Glorious Days.
This fourteen track album starts off with “Patriot & Scud”, and the sound of an air raid siren lets you know that this is going to be a about war and is played like they’re trying to finish the song before the missiles hit. The gang vocals, slightly rough lead vocals get the song stuck in your head, along with the crashing drums by Tom Choniuk, the ripping guitar playing by Arne Marenda, and the bubbling bass from Lars Iversen. “Glorious Days” has great guitar playing that gets your head bobbing, great gang vocals and is super catchy, “No Masterace” is more of a sreaight forward punk song with a great message, “Coward” has tight playing, and “Do Not Give Up” has a ska beat mixed with the Oi!, and the rubbery bass is handling wonderfully, giving you a song that will make you want to dance. DROOGIEZ have the sound of the older punk rock from the late 70s and early 80s with their ability to capture the essence of those days in their playing. The band plays very focused and with energy on this album, giving us songs that will get you up and moving and with lyrics that will get you thinking…a great combination indeed. Some of the songs that made me hit the replay were, “TV Personality” is a great high energy cover of Billy Karloff’s original, “Down The Line” has a nice ska break in the song, and great gang vocals, “Sharpen Your Knife”, and “Sick & Tired”.
This was a great Oi! album that had traces of punk rock circa ’77 – ’81, some ska, great lyrics and playing that made it a pleasure to listen to. Glorious Days is one of those albums that will have you longing for the old days, but happy that bands like DROOGIEZ are here to give us a taste of real, honest to goodness punk that sticks with you like mosquitos in the desert.
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