Friday, July 29th in Hamilton and Saturday, July 30th in Toronto … two evenings of on-point street punk, punk and oi … presented by Dure Realite and Rebel Time Records …
Review of “The Oi Collection”, from the Oi Of America blogspot…:
“The best Oi! band ever! that is how I feel. From the first rip of the guitar on “Gang Warfare”, I was infected with the power of this band. The song bounces and with slamming drums and bass lines that hit like rubber. Fergus the singer has a charismatic voice that captures intense rage and has a dark menacing snarl to it. That nasty snarl in the singers voice is on front stage in the anthem “Skinhead”.
“Skinhead won’t Die. Skinhead will live forever!!” the first line barked by Fergus. it tells you right away that this band and skinheads are nothing to be fucked with. To this day when I hear the word Skinhead in my head it is in Fergus’s voice. A fucking classic, that is what this song is.
Following one classic with another. “Victims” is a song that snarls and has teeth to fucking bite you with. with a guitar sound that is attacking. The rhythm thumps like the feel of a thunder storm on a bad night. The stop and start around the chorus is fucking awesome.
” Dead end kids, nowhere kids, me and you. Got to kill the boredom for something to do. Through out the nation there is bitterness and hate. Always remember we destroy to create.” – first lyric from “Victims”.
Great Bass and drum sound drives the cold war anthem “Anthem For The 80’s”. Growing up in the 80’s this song captures all that tension. With disconnected guitars that give a dark new wave feel. And that unrelenting rhythm. The sound of the song could be the sound of WW III. The singer adds to the song with his impassioned bark that has a angular feel against the pounding and disconnected guitars. Whoever said Oi! is boring and is not creativity never listened to The Strike”. Continuing with creative songs comes the bleak “Alien”. Sharp use of Rhythm and structured guitar sound to create a sonic landscape that is catchy and interesting. The vocals are top shelf. Fergus barking “you’re an Alien” over and over is fucking awesome.
The bass fueled “When The War Is Over” is a street rocker that mixes post punk discord with a heavy Oi! feel. And Fergus’s voice adds a distance romance to the track. The sharp guitars at the beginning of the song tells you all you need to know. This is going to be aggressive, and bleak. The sonic landscape is stark and creeps over you like a bad feeling on a dark night. “Agony Of A Nation” puts the rhythmic boots firmly back in the back streets.
Look out your window…. Soldiers marching past… Oppression in the air…. how longs it going to last! – First lyric from “Agony Of A Nation”.
To all those fucktards that say Oi! is not political then they need to clean their ears out because Oi! is political. It is personal, it is violent, it is simple, It is street music so it is everything we working class outsiders live and see. I love the fade in to the beginning of “Action Man”. Charging and explosive is what this song delivers. Another great song with strong vocals and a brilliant sound. With a dark and heavy grove “Hungry Gun” has the swagger of the bad side of town. Guitars clash over the top of this back alley thumper. The vocals are smoothed out and that totally works on this one. One of my favorite songs is “Mania”. the songs grabs you and does not let go. Great lyrics and awesome phrasing. The imagery is top shelf. What can I say about the music of this band that I have not said for the last three paragraphs. Fucking great stuff. “Cry Of The Youth” finishes this brilliant album off on a creative high note. This song hits like shattered glass. And the heavy as fuck bass at the end is the gravy on my biscuit! If I was in a band I could only pray that we would make eleven songs as powerful, as well done, as well written, as these eleven songs! This is a must for everyone that likes Oi! and Punk. To all the young ones out there Do yourself a favor and get this album. If you are just getting in to this scene due it right and make The Strike your first Oi! LP.
5.00 out of 5.00 Oi!’s
For fans of: The Blitz, Emergency, Bishops Green, Red Alert, The 4-Skins, Sham 69, Fuck it. Just buy this album because if you do not you are just fucking sorry. This is fucking classic! ”
Review of Les Trois Huit from Oi Of America blogspot …
I have never heard of this band before I got this promo and thank the gods I got this promo because this band is a pleasant surprise. From the sounds of, what I think is spray paint cans in the intro of « Writer » this record had my full attention. Pleasant surprise is understating the howling power this band delivers on « Writer » and « Liberi Tutti« . On these first two tracks the band delivers two songs that will shake the bones of your ancestors in the choruses, with boot party beats and great riffs. Then bam! catchy ska beats and up beat vocals keeps « Uni-e-s » very danceable, while the chorus is rooted in melodic street punk. This song keeps both sounds working together to deliver a strong sound and a even better song.
For those that do not like to dance and only want boot to concrete Oi! the band delivers the goods on « Travailler« . This song is a mid tempo stomp that keeps the energy building in the bottom end while the harsh vocals conveys a heavy dose of skinhead attitude. With a wall of attitude and a sound that would make Motorhead proud, « Gernoble » hits with a thuggish power and hammering riffs. The slow and low lead vocals add to the menacing sound. To sum this song up in one word it would be, brutal. The band gives us a big dose of melody on the infectious « Au Fond Des Yeux« . The neo- ska beat will keep your toe tapping while the angular guitar lead and aggro filled choruses will keep this song firmly rooted in Oi!. I keep listening to this record over and over, so much of this record hits like a ton of bricks but one of the songs I keep coming back to is the Le Partisans cover « Pas De Quartier« . If this song does not get your blood flowing with it’s dynamic guitars and surging rhythms, then you are fucking dead.
Man I really wished I would have reviewed this record last year because my best of 2015 would have had this record firmly on it. This album gets better and better on each listen. With all the new bands worldwide coming out, please do not let this hammer of a record slip through the cracks.
Review of Dismantlement from Oi Warning and Old Punks Never Die …
Another gem of a release from Insurgence, this time from Canada’s The Fallout who provide you with upbeat, punk-as-fuck, politically charged music. The Fallout’s sound reminds me a lot of early bands such as The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, but without copying ’em, as they do have their own distinctive sound…and it’s catchy rebel-rousing stuff! They’re socially aware and the lyrics go straight to the point of the matter. This is a great listen and I would advise one and all to check it out…pronto! (Oi! Warning, Number 6)
These politically-aware Canadians have a mind for intelligent insight and an ear for a wickedly catchy tune. There’s much about this band that reminds me of the early efforts of Stiff Little Fingers, but brought right up-to-date. It’s familiar, like my favourite underwear, but it’s fresh (insert punchline here). The Fallout make you wanna get up, dance and then go and do nasty but well-deserved things to animal abusers / fascists / cops while happily humming one of their delightful ditties. (Old Punks Never Die)
Review of Final Four album from Stylus …
Earnest and heartfelt songs about growing up working-class and punk. Sounds like a cliche sometimes, doesn’t it? But when it’s done with the passion and sincerity of a band like Jarvis, Ontario’s Final Four, a description like that still really means something. The sound is rough and edgy but still melodic, and this album sounds like a mix of Stiff Little Fingers, Those Unknown, Hudson Falcons, Knucklehead and the Street Dogs all rolled into one. The lyrics are well worth the read, as they espouse a maturity that doesn’t come across as jaded, but rather an understanding of what’s important about their friendships, music, and politics over the years. Beyond coming across as some well-sussed guys, Final Four get you singing along from the get-go and add in some organ and acoustic guitars here and there to add a bit of a roots rock dynamic. All in all this is an impressive offering of street rock’n’roll that would be difficult for anyone not to like.