The long-awaited debut 7″ of SCAB COMA from Quebec City, Quebec and what a debut it is. Four biting songs of gritty Oi! that brings to mind other French-speaking bands of the scene like HARD TIMES and HORS CONTROLE by keeping their songs in French, and not just singing in English.
Every song on this EP sounds hard, tight and tough but still melodic enough to get your feet tapping. The songs are fairly short and even though I’m Canadian, I don’t speak French so I have no idea what they are singing about, but it sounds like it’s something important…I just wish that I had translated lyrics. The band plays with passion and the energy that they give off is infectious.
If you like Oi!, this is a definite purchase for you! Grab a copy of this intense EP while you can and put on your boots and braces.
DOG COMPANY were formed in early 2004 and put their first album out in 2008 and now have their sophomore release out. They play streetpunk / Oi! with short, punchy songs that get their message out to the listener as quickly as possible.
The band gets right down to business with their biting lyrics and fast-paced songs that include quick solos, lots of cool riffs, thick bass, hammering drums, gang vocals aplenty, and slightly gruff at times lead vocals. The band really gives us a ton of catchy choruses and melody galore on this release. The high energy songs are perfect for raising a beer or three to and grabbing your buddies and having a slam dance . The only problem is that the songs go by so fast that you really need to put this on repeat and listen to it a few times in a row, I just want more music from them damn it!
A very cool release on colored vinyl that will get your ass moving and get you shouting along with. It was also really cool to get a CD copy included with the vinyl.
Dresden, Germany’s STRONGBOW have found their complement in Dallas, Texas’ punk outfit DOG COMPANY. Both bands play punk rock with a nod to a more classic, straight forward approach mixed with street punk energy and they do it well.
STRONGBOW’s “These Nights” and “Blind” both showcase a tight band with great energy and enthusiasm and two memorable songs. Great stuff. DOG COMPANY’s “Not Dead Yet” and “Everybody’s Your Best Friend” are the demo versions on the vinyl and the finished release on the download, which is a very cool pressing error. Both versions are great fun and full of kick in the teeth power. Of course the production and sound is tighter on the download, but I enjoyed both versions.
The split is a definite treat with both bands putting their own spin on punk rock and giving us a taste of their catalogue and it makes you want to go out and grab more from both. Check this out and sing along with a couple of bands that prove you don’t need to be trendy, just good.
Here comes DROOGIEZ newest which comes two years after their solid debut album Glorious Days. They give us ten songs in around thirty minutes and bring the spirit of punk rock from the late 70s to the early 80s back for another listen.
The instrumental intro song is short, but gives you a quick dose of the punk that is coming at you on the second song, “Struggle For Existence” has a bit of Joe Strummer in the voice and has a definite CLASH feel to the song with the guitar playing and background singing, it could fit on the first CLASH album. “Cut The Crap”, which is the title of the last studio album by the CLASH, could have done with a song this good on that album, with the great lyrics, and the chorus that gets stuck in your head, “Addicted” has you thinking that you’re listening to a long-lost track from the early days of punk, it’s almost magical how they can turn me into a kid again with their skill at keeping the faith alive. “Too Young” has great bouncing bass, guitar licks that are tastefully placed in the song, drumming that’s just heavy enough, and great vocals that are a bit rough sounding. This trio, Tom on drums, Lars on bass on vocals and Arne on guitar and vocals really have the original punk sound down on this release, even more so than on their first album and it actually sounds fresh, not tired because they inject the songs with energy and excitement that other bands can’t get close to. I really liked these songs as well, “Footprint”, “Liar”, and “Respect Yourself”.
DROOGIEZ really went out and did an incredible job of making an album that you would swear was for the glory days of punk, with the clean sounding vocals, the well written lyrics and the marvellous playing. The CLASH were a band that really seemed to be acknowledged on this release with touches of their sound all over, but it wasn’t as if DROOGIEZ were aping their sound, but showing “The Only Band That Matters” some respect. Awesome job boys!
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