Out Of Anger
Have you ever been in a situation where you are party to a conversation and just can’t hold back on giving the punchline? Or butting in where you shouldn’t? Are you one of those who can just let the story flow, hold your peace and come in a the right moment? Nah me neither. Let’s cut straight to the chase, Men They Couldn’t Hang, teaming up with the Levellers to try their hand at Dropkick Murphys.
Now that I’ve unleashed that I can get on with the review.
The problem using non traditional rock band instruments in favour of traditional ones means lazy comparisons are inevitable. Roughneck Riot are perfect for these lazy comparisons. This comparison would be like many of the injustices this band sing about.
We get banjo, mandolin and accordion joining up with upbeat high tempo Guitar, bass and drums but it never thrashes along. Good high tempo observations.
Listening to Out of Anger it becomes quite obvious that it is a collection spawned from anger at injustice but not an anger that has beaten the band. From the opening track, Animosity, that exclaims “Without Hope, we’ll never question why. Or seperate from anything that’s feeding you the lies” through Never Silenced, Never Stopped that passes on the wise words “Minds are filled with inspiration until they are saturated…Raise our voices to the night, Forever we will sing” we get a band still wishing for that better way.
The mandolin drenched Need I remind You is one highlight here. No need for a guitar solo when the mandolin can easily substitute. The last of the fourteen songs is a more poignant number “He Never Came Home”, it is a nice sing along number that tells the brutal truth for so many of us as time passes. Our all night teenage and early twenties talking sessions about ruling the world with high hopes and empty pockets to fuel us don’t last forever. Some people call it moving on, some say it’s maturing or many of us ruminate that they never come home. Maybe they simply run out of anger which ironically is the anger that spurned them into doing things to begin with
Stay Clean Jolene
Stay Clean Jolene
I’m a sucker for Christmas, I love the whole sentimentality of it. The signs that one year is nearly complete and we can prepare for the next. OF course the cynical punk rocker in me gets pushed deep down as commercialism is to the fore in this season. Christmas gives people in the west a chance to take stock of where we are, what we have and what we have done over the past 12 months. Personally I feel like I’ve had a long sleep and we are back again. Thankfully though there’s been a good soundtrack to my sleep. That soundtracks has included some really cool UK diy punky hardcore bands. There’s a whole stream out there bashing away at their guitars , playing like their lives depend on it and holding on to some sort of hope.
As someone who gladly attends the annual Rebellion punk festival it is heartening to see old punks hanging on to what they believe in and treating each other well. Under the surface of the leather, bristles spikes and anarchy there is a movement of players who came from that punk scene but wanted their tunes to really shine through. Few of them play at Rebellion but these people are in bands like Bedford Falls, The No Marks, Southport, Bear trade, Epic Problem and Holiday. There’s a ton more, like the people around the Make That A Take scene in Scotland. If you’ve ever read this blog you’ll have seen me championing them here and on my radio show
One of the best 7″‘s in recent years came from Boltons Stay Clean Jolene, I wrote previously after being privileged to see them play this year, “soaring guitars, heartfelt tunes and an integrity that can’t be made up. We are lucky to have bands like stay clean jolene. Lucky they want to continue to play music to 100 people and lucky they feel lucky to do so. Southport the same. They are incredible. 3 people having fun playing to their friends, regardless if they know them or not. Such talent, criminally ignored but whilst it is that way we can still cling on to them.” And now they have released their album. And it’s Christmas time.
10 songs of action packed guitar tunes. It is heartfelt and has more than a nod to Husker Du and Leatherface. leaving it with thos comparisons is lazy and unfair. I’m just trying to help you. They have their own stamp. Guitars soar with tunes that leave you wanting more. They are anthems, tuneful and clear. I have listenened to this record at least 10 times in two days, it’s that good. Just like Santa Claus, if only the world could be like this all the time, I could ignore all the austerity and measures imposed on the populace.
I bet Stay Clean Jolene would be on the side of the people. A sure sign of community is the fact that so many labels have released this record. Well three have clubbed in for the vinyl and two, at least, for the cd. I only wished I wasn’t too late to the party and could have been their Irish distributor.
Do your best to check this out
As you have probably guessed by now I love a heartfelt punk rock song
The Cut Ups have lots of them
The Cut Ups are a diy, countercultural punkrock band from Exeter, UK.
Ace Bushy Striptease may have called it a day but you can still check out the diy pop punk sounds on bandcamp
Lofi indie with dual make female vocals. At times this record has a bit huggy bear but with more pop feel.
14 short sharp nuggets for you to remember them by
“Find your feet
Let the machine sleep
Seek out the beauty in the street”
Is how this album finishes but what words eh? I know it’s not always that easy but what if it was? Do we really new to spend our time slaving away for our next product to buy? We could be seeking out the beauty on our streets. Of course for me a lot if that beauty is in the punk rock community and involves using my resources to support it. But it’s not all about product and commodity. BUT if you are in a position to make some sort of purchase then take a stab at this
I got into music from listening to the records my big brothers returned home in a Saturday afternoon with. That music was the clash, the pistols, Ian dury and elvis costello. I have memories of the ruts and the skids albums coming in and overtaking showaddywaddy on the shelves. Then crass happened and it took a change. Suddenly the chants of anyone can form a band became evident real as band were recording and releasing their own records. These bands were playing their own gigs anywhere they could AND they were trying to change the world.
It was a virus that infected me. I couldn’t get enough and chased down all these independent releases. The partisans lined up alongside political asylum but at some stage i wanted a tune. In sure it was a gradual process but when equally intelligent bands like the redskins, new model army and the three johns were playing a different tune I took that road. C86 came along and the fuzzbox guitar was replaced by a more trebley jangly sound. This was equally infectious and inclusive.
And then I started paying more attention to us hardcore bands as their music became more accessible. Trips to probe reords in Liverpool were essential. As other Irish travellers were picking up toblerones in exchange for their sterling I was looking for big flame and minor threat. My biscuits were half man half gorilla as I mixed these styles.
When we were putting in gigs in Dublin there was a run of shows that featured slum turkeys post hardcore sound and then the manic stop start heading in all imaginable directions racket of Dawson followed by the pure pop of heavenly. In the preceding months Alice donut, circus lupus and lungfish played. All with their feet in different punk rock flavours.
Young Attenborough are a Bit like that. Plenty of different styles, the punk sound complemented by flashes Of wedding present or even thrilled skinny in there.
On this record you get 8 tracks mixing indie low fi and punk rock hardcore And you don’t even have to pay for it if you dont want to. Fantastic
Leeds 5 piece with a great diy attitude. Self released ep with sing along punk tunes. Not too disimilar to LaChance but their fi isn’t as low. It’s mid paced punk rock with some sing along backing parts “There is no hope in hell for me” is an interesting sentence to sing out loud while cycling into work. Thankfully I stoppped before going in through the doors. This is sing along, mid tempo and catchy as that virus that’s flying through the kids schools at the moment.