I have raved about Epic Problem many times in the past and hope to be able to do in the future. They mark this 2015 with a compilation of releases from the previous 4 years. 17 songs from varioius ep’s since 2011
All tracks have that gruff vocal over fast guitar riff. All belters, coming at you fast paced and joyful. Right from the off we have the blistering guitar of Petrol Blue with Jake McCullogh proclaiming that “it’s a long way down” but then Blindside would have to move even those busking statues on many busy town streets. If they didn’t move during Blindside then Lines would have them jumping up and “whoaaaaaaaa-ing” as musch as any 7 seconds fan.
How can you say this is a classic in a way that doesn’t feature those words. Short, sharp, snappy anthems that are top top class.
Blackpool Rox II
The original Blackpool Rox was a mix of the bizarre, wild and infectious. Each page was lieterally crammed with in formation and art, you would need to viedw the page in all directions just to take it all in. Like a good painting you could find something new every time you read it. Of course though it was all about pushing new music of the day, of the era. Death to Trad Rock was its rallying cry.
It died off after a few years and Blackpool Rox II sprang from its grave. Andy Higgins of Just Say No To Government Music fame took over the mantle and he has pushed the Seaside Town and all it has to offer ever since. It’s not just about Blackpool and the bands that avoid eating the rock that the area is so famous for. Andy interviews some of the best UK bands at the moment. Epic Problem, Stay Clean Jolene are in here. There’s bits on local people doing things on a national scale- Journalist Steve Rowland, Video editor John Bentham and publisher Pete Walsh. Of course Blackpool is home to Rebellion Festival so Johnny Wah Wah who curates the new band stage and Jenni Russell Smith who along with her husband Darren are the brains behind the festival. Original Rox editor, John Robb, has a piece and then there’s the bit abou Andy running for election in the UK on an Oyston Out ticket (Owen Oyston being Blackpool Football Club’s Chair – who has overseen the clubs recent rise and fall on a shoestring budget but still a very profitable experience, for him).
Blackpool Rox Towers, c/o 16 Windmill Close, Blackpool, FY3 OEB, UK
So how do you like your music? It’s a pretty hard question to answer isn’t it? Me, I like it all ways. Depends on the mood I suppose. I can take redneck manifesto or god is an astronaut and their post rock instrumental offerings. I can take flies on you and their electronic take on post punk. I can take post punk and the stripped down bare wail of a guitar riff over lofi guitars and drums. I love when bands mix this all up but deep down I love an anthem.
My anthems aren’t Bon Jovi or soft rock. They are short sharp fast songs that you can scream along to. Screaming is important. Top of your lungs shouting til your hoarse. Maybe even a few woooooo-oohs in there too for good measure
Epic problem provide that in abundance. 4 songs of single word titles with sing along loud vocals and speedy tunes. This is great, another record of the year