Two songs from each of these Oi! bands on this split with THE OLD FIRM CASUALS coming from San Francisco, California and THE HEADLINERS from Nantes, France.

THE OLD FIRM CASUALS start off the split with their two songs and “March On” is the first one to rip on the single. Gruff lead vocals from Lars Frederiksen out of RANCID, with gang vocals from the rest of the band making it really catchy, pounding drums, ringing guitar, and bouncing bass make for an Oi! sound from the 1980s, and “We’re All Gonna Die”  is even more gruff in the lead vocals, way more gang vocals and was the winner of the two songs for me with the stop-start of the playing and how tight of a song it was. THE HEADLINERS come in with “C’mon C’mon” and it’s almost FACES / LONDON QUIREBOYS sound, but then you get the hard-hitting “You’ve Never Done” which brings out the punk rock / Oi! big time with rough vocals, lots of gang vocals, punchy guitar, rolling bass, and smashing drum work that make you want to get up and dance, a definite winner of a song.

This was a great single with two bands that were just different enough to make it work as hearing two separate bands, not one band and both meshed together very well. This label has just been putting out a bunch of great releases and this is one more that they can be proud of.


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THE FANATIQUES ARE AN Oi! band from St Etienne, France the carry on the old school punk rock / Oi! sound from the late 1970s.

This three song single starts off with the snotty punk song “I Don’t Like You” which is a nice piece of bile spat at the people who THE FANATIQUES hate, which seems to be most people and the band hit the ground running with this one. “Where Are They Now” is another great tune with angry lyrics, tough playing, you can hear the sneer in the vocals, great guitar licks, rolling bass and drums that pound like crazy. The last track, “Where Have All The Bootboys Gone” is just a classic song that is played with energy and emotion, almost sadness in the vocal delivery.

This was definitely a nice old school single that brought back memories of when punk rock and Oi! were not too far removed from one another. It was a nice straight up single with power, conviction and a ton of talent that made this one a keeper.

DECADENT SOCIAL KLASS: Ignorance Is A Choice: Download / CD

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This hardcore band from France really hits hard on this first release of theirs with eight blazing and intense punk based hardcore songs. They start off with “Decadent Social Klass” which grabs you and puts you against the wall with the power that they put out on that song, but that’s only the beginning, they just get more intense and better as the album continues. The have a three-part song called “Genius Of The Crowd” that rages across all three parts, then they kick off into my favorite song, “Culture” with its super fast drumming, ripping guitar, thumping bass and shouted vocals, a classic!

The band has political lyrics that are heartfelt and passionate, and the band just burns through these songs with a vigor. The production is pretty good, a bit muddy and flat in places, but it doesn’t take away from the band at all, it’s a minor thing, but I would like a bit more clarity to get more of the rage through. All in all, a pretty damn fine album, one that will be played a fair bit by me and you have to check these guys out to hear it for yourself.