THE OLD FIRM CASUALS / THE HEADLINERS: Split EP: 7″

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/TheOldFirmCasualsOi  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Headliners/127052805514  http://theheadliners.bandcamp.com/  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Une-vie-pour-rien-Vinyles/116930225002130  http://www.uvpr.fr/  http://uneviepourrienvinyles.bandcamp.com/

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THE FANATIQUES: EP: 7″

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Une-vie-pour-rien-Vinyles/116930225002130  http://www.uvpr.fr/  http://uneviepourrienvinyles.bandcamp.com/

LION’S LAW: Watch’em Die: 7″

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LION’S LAW is an Oi! band from Paris, France with members of KOMINTERN SECT, MARABOOTS, STREET KIDS and BURNING HEADS. The band is comprised of Wattie on vocals, Louis on guitar, Pipa on bass, and Thomoi on drums.

Starting off the single is “Watch’em Die” with a touch of gruffness to the vocals, but really melodic, some gang vocals, chugging guitar, forceful bass guitar playing and steady drumming all make for a great start to the EP. “Tell The Boys” has great gang vocals that make you want to sing along with, great hard-hitting drums, rolling bass work, and the guitar playing is easily some of the tightest I’ve heard on an Oi! song in a long time. The final song “City Streets” keeps the gang vocals going, the band is tearing it up and Wattie does a great job in putting out the emotion in his singing which is never super gruff like a ton of other Oi! bands, but has a ton of melody and add the harmonies of the background singers, marvelous stuff.

This was one great little single that really makes me want to hear more from LION’S LAW in the future. This shows that all Oi! bands aren’t created equally, some are more talented than others, and these guys have a boatload of it.

https://www.facebook.com/lionslawparis  http://lionslaw.bandcamp.com/  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Une-vie-pour-rien-Vinyles/116930225002130  http://www.uvpr.fr/  http://uneviepourrienvinyles.bandcamp.com/