OI! AIN’T DEAD: Various: CD

This album is a four-way split record with four Bands from four different countries: The Old Firm Casuals (USA), Razorblade (NL), The Corps (AUS) and Booze & Glory (UK). The CD comes with a twenty page booklet including pictures, lyrics and info

First up are The Old Firm Casuals who are widely known for their frontman being Lars Frederiksen from RANCID. “You Better Start Runnin,” is a great rocking song full of aggression, great bass lines and it is very easy to sing along to with strong vocals. “I Remain” has the bass player singing it and his voice adds a nice dark element to the track. “Love Street Kid” is a great sing-a-long anthem that is a real stand out. Next up is Razorblade with three songs. “Fighting The System” is a fantastic song that is both powerful and thrilling to hear. “Demolition Man” is about Alistair Overeem the heavy weight fighter in the MMA. “Back Once More” has that great Razorblade heaviness to it and is a great last track. The Corps bring four rock ‘n’ roll fueled streetrock tracks to this record. “Know The Code,” and “Making Enemies” are amazing tracks that give us their trademark sound, thick Rose Tattoo mixed with classic Oi! Both “Talk Is Over” and “Making Enemies” are tight tracks as well. Booze and Glory finish the CD off with four songs. Bouncy bass lines, heavy drumming, classic guitar sound and a great singer make these songs a treat to hear. “Friends,” England Will Never Change,” “Working Hard, Dressing Smart,” and “It Was Our World” are all classic ’80s sounding Oi! songs that are just amazing.

This is what compilations are supposed to be, a way to hear different bands and to hear good songs, this is exactly that. This compilation really is a treat and definitely is one to turn up and play loud.





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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