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New Rebel Time Record Reviews From RIOT 77 Zine

From the latest issue of RIOT 77, a great punk rock zine out of Ireland…

The Brat Attack
Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage
Some well-informed hardcore here from Canada’s The Brat Attack. In what may be a collection of recent works, this disc gathers together fourteen tracks recorded over the space of six months. Undoubtedly from the same political (and at times musical) stable as fellow Canucks Propaghandi and earlier the Subhumans, this band are vegan torch-bearers out to put an end to the capitalist agenda of conservative world leaders and call for a leveling of the playing field. Truthfully, The Brat Attack can back themselves up pretty well in the booklet that accompanies this release and their politics are ones of inclusion rather than alienation, which makes a refreshing change from being spoken down to, as if often the case with bands as militant as this. A lot of effort has clearly gone into getting their message across correctly, inspiring and informing instead of aggravating the listener. With plenty of info and food for thought to be found here, the ideas expressed are well thought-out and avoid any dogma.

Broadcast Zero
Yesterday, You Could Change The World

Like Youth Brigade on speed, Broadcast Zero are a tight unit, playing no-nonsense Street Punk and Hardcore. Singer Nick Shrubsole has a pair of lungs on him that casts my mind back to hearing Mike Marsden of The Ducky Boys for the first time. Yup, those pipes are about to blow at any given second. The onslaught of Broadcast Zero is rich in the traditions of Punk Rock’s past, but there’s a spirit in here that makes me realize we’ve lost something along the way that this band is eager to put back. Choppy riffs that plough the hooks into your brain with brute force instead of sweetness. Pointing the finger at the outside world whilst maintaining a degree of warmth and affection for the listener, this connected with me on a level I expect from Punk Rock but unfortunately don’t always get.

The Class War Kids
Reflection! Rage! Rebellion!

The Class War Kids from Canada are a heavily politicized bunch of Street Punk miscreants. Musically this reminds me of some of the crossover stuff No Idea has invested in, where Street Punk and Midwestern Hardcore influences don’t seem all that far apart. Both favour singalongs, screeching guitars and pounding drum rhythms. Layer some hoarse vocals over the top and you’ve got a recipe for some very fine music indeed. The added bonus with The Class War Kids is of course their social conscience. The band shows no inhibitions in laying out it’s stall and calling out all those they feel responsible for the current state of trans-global relations. What really tips this record in my favour though is simply the kick-ass songs, that remind me of how good the old Punk Rock can be without all the trimmings. The beefy two-guitar attack lays waste to all in it’s path. Well played.

The Rotten
Enemy Of The State

From Canada, The Rotten are signed to an offshoot label of Insurgence and though no press info accompanied any of the releases from Rebel Time, its safe to say this band operate within the North American Street Punk circuit. With an emphasis placed on rhythm and pace, The Rotten are well aware they aren’t re-inventing the wheel here, but could care less and keep the focus on the good times. The upsurge in bands like this in the 90’s kicked the sheen right off Punk Rock at a time when it needed it most and brought back a sense of fun to the genre that had almost given way to PC histrionics. The Rotten make their point and share their love of a well-constructed Punk tune with the listener. Sometimes all it takes is a guitar lick and a snarl to bring a smile to my face and The Rotten occupy that slot on the stereo today.



Review of THE BRAT ATTACK from AMP MAGAZINE (June/July 2009):

“Out of Winnipeg, Manitoba comes the one-two punch of radical politics and catchy powerful punk courtesy of THE BRAT ATTACK. Bango! Kids, this is it. This is music to energize and inspire you into action. With some razor-throat vocals a la Jake from FiLTH and …some tight, high-energy melodic hardcore/punk a la early PROPAGHANDI and GOOD RIDDANCE you have a winning combination that does not miss. This disc is laced with great songs, but I would say the blistering lead number “Spark” and the female-led “Merchants Of Beauty”were among my top favourites. Another home run from Rebel Time Records. Keep your eye on this up and coming Canadian label (RK)”

Here’s a link to the video for “Merchants Of Beauty” off of “Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage”:




A few choice reviews from one of our favourite blogs: OLD PUNKS NEVER DIE. Well worth keeping an eye on, and, for those across the pond, The Old Punk stocks a good selection of Insurgence Records and Rebel Time Records material.


This is The Brats fourth album, and I don’t know how the fuck I missed the other three. This is anthemic rebel noise done right proper! Clearly designed to upset our enemies and fire us up in equal measure, the tracks are a finely-tuned and targeted assault on the stupidity that constitutes the current social order. It’s a big target, but The Brats main-line their attack straight into the system’s nerve centre. This is music that goes well beyond the meaningless clichés often found in lesser offerings. This mob know it’s 2009 not 1979 and, while they’re clearly well versed in our history, they’re also fully aware of the reality of the struggle today. ‘Those Who Sow Sorrow…’ is a beautifully angry response to the situation we currently find ourselves in.

That’s not to say they’ve forgotten their roots – there are definitely nods to the likes of Aus Rotten and The (English) Subhumans in their approach, but there’s also a strong flavour of bang-up-to-date melodic streetpunk underpinning the whole lot. Of course, without the intelligent, witty, and straight-talking lyrics, this would be nothing more than pleasing ear candy à la Rancid, and there’s more than enough of that sort of nonsense in the world already. The Brats are clearly not a part of that poseur punk mindset. It’s abundantly clear that they’re willing to accept the challenge of making punk rock a threat again.

The accompanying promo sheet nicely summarises the whole package as ‘a hummus-powered, positive & purposeful punk rock radical-left political primer… [that’s] even got melody, hooks & a catchy chorus or two!’. This is the sound that fills you with hope as you put a match to the Molotov in your hand and in your head.

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I love this band! I want to have their babies and breed an army of punk rock superheroes hell-bent on creating regime-changing anarchy! OK, I know that I don’t have the appropriate ladybits required for babymaking but, if I did, my womb would be theirs. These young soul rebels have revolution etched into their genetic make-up.

This disc picks up from where the last one left off without simply being more of the same. It keeps all of the energy, urgency and humour that hooked me first time without sounding in the least bit rehashed. You could quite happily play their entire recorded output back to back and enjoy every fist-pumping, life-enhancing, sweat-soaked second of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if you then pressed ‘repeat’ and did it all over again.

Even at their most serious, The Kids aren’t afraid of making you laugh while they fire you up. When they tackle sexual indoctrination and self-restriction in ‘Cherry Poppin’ Conservatives’, they do it with a literal ‘fuck you’ attitude, happily asserting that ‘it don’t matter who’s into penis or vagina, if you like ’em both, best of ya!’. The remedy is to ‘whip it out, slap it around’ while also making sure that Christian Conservatives get their ‘ass cherry popped!’. Sounds like one hell of a party.

The funnies don’t always fit the theme, and that’s where the poetry of their message shines through. ‘The reason I’m so angry is because I’m so in love, I won’t give up but one heart can only bleed so much for a world so fucked up’ (‘Love & Anger’) captures the essence of why we feel so compelled to scream out, and how we’re building a future based on love as we kick down the world around us.

This whole package brings to life Raoul Vaneigem’s lesson that ‘people who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth’. In true punk rock style, The Kids spat the corpse out a long time ago.

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On first listen, I was a bit underwhelmed by this offering. But I quickly realised that my mistake was playing this straight after the other two and not giving my brain a chance to reset. Much like wine appreciation, you need to clean your aural palate when enjoying fine music.

Suitably refreshed, I hit play again. What a difference a cup of tea makes to your ears. The Rotten may not have quite the same the musical or lyrical prowess of their label breathren, but that doesn’t stop ’em expressing themselves in no uncertain terms. The noise is stripped down, punked up and gobbed out in the finest tradition of the old school style. There’s a decent dose of street politics and wrong-side-of-the-tracks anger aimed at the ‘great and good’, as well as tongue-in-cheek humour and the desire to just have fun. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The influence of Canuck punk pioneers DOA courses through the veins of these 21st century (angelic) upstarts, underpinning but not overpowering this rough diamond of a record.

The Rotten – they’re anything but.

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Review- The Brat Attack “Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage”

From Exclaim Magazine…

The Brat Attack
Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage
By Ty Trumbull

The Brat Attack’s method is a multi-pronged attack: jumping from raucous, straight-up punk, like album opener “Spark,” to the D4-style pop punk of “Hey Harper, You Anti-Choice Homophobe…,” before breaking into a song like “Prison Slave Labour,” which wouldn’t sound out of place on mainstream radio. Still, there’s enough consistency that the album never loses sight of itself. Politics are hard-worn on sleeves with this group and an album insert thick with lyrics and explanations is the result. Luckily for all though, the Brat Attack never bash you over the head with their beliefs, despite the overtly political content of each song. The politics work best when the band put aside the straight-ahead, angry punk for hooks and melodies on tracks like “Lack of Compassion or Just Ignorance,” allowing for the message to come through more clearly and with some substance. (Rebel Time)


Review: THE BRAT ATTACK: “Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage”

From the June 2009 issue of MaximumRocknRoll:

Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage

Right-on anarcho revolutionary ideas set to slick, accessible pop/skate punk. As THE BRAT ATTACK is from Winnipeg, it behooves me to bring up PROPAGHANDI before mentioning other bands, but some that come to mind are STRIKE ANYWHERE and ANTI-FLAG. Some rad, raging freak-out vocals make brief appearances. Overall, if you want CrimethInk-esque politics in your music, but are more into NOFX than crust, this should be your number one jam (AA)

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Interview With THE BRAT ATTACK

Here’s an excerpt of an interview with Davey from THE BRAT ATTACK that will run in the upcoming issue of DO MORE SAY LESS…the zine will be out in May some time and will include interivew with THE REBEL SPELL, THE FALLOUT and THE ROTTEN!

In the Brat Attack bio, you mention the “dozens of line-up changes.” Just for the record, who is in the Brat Attack at this time?

Oh man, it was a running joke for awhile that if you knew me, that at one point any friend of mine was in the band. It was really hard to lock down a solid committed lineup. Touring takes a lot out of you, it’s physically, emotionally and financially draining. Dave Halcrow (Hammer), Dustin Jackson (Dirt) have been with the band since late 2005, before that they helped out as road crew/drivers/stage hands. It was a natural progression to get them in the band after the old lineup fell apart after the 2005 tour. Chris Ferguson (Drums) joined in 2007 and seems to be a very solid member. If Chris leaves we will beat him.

A wise man once said, “punk rock is a state of mind, not a state of dress.” What is punk rock to The Brat Attack?

I have found that punk has been moving away from the “fuck you!, DIY” attitude I found when I started getting into punk back in the early 90’s, lately its been “fuck you, look at my perfect mohawk, it matches my bondage pants”. I have always thought of it as a counter culture movement, an anti-conformist music. But it almost feels like a “uniform” when it comes to modern punk (Blame Hot Topic for that one!). I believe it’s a music shift from substance to style over the past decade. Look at screamo music, no good songs, just fashion, people go to shows to be seen, not for the music. Or maybe I am just getting old. What is punk to Brats? Allan Koehler.

A quote from a review of once of your CDs: “I have a feeling that if a big record company drove a dump truck full of money up to the Brat Attack’s door they would be flying around in jets dating movie stars like all the others.” See any cash-filled dump trucks in your near future??

If I ever got any cash, that’s the last you would see of me. Off to Cuba I say. I’d join a Cuban jazz combo. No, we are broke as fuck, no dump trucks any time soon. We had our stint with a major, wasn’t my cup of Tea. Stealing food at the Universal BBQ was fun. They thought we where some street kids stealing their precious buffet food. What Movie star would I date? Hmmm…. Sarah Polley? Anyways Brats are never going to be a mainstream band and we are very happy with that, I think we are going to go along the lines of the Ripchordz, SNFU etc…just keep touring forever and putting out CDs.

I know you’ve got something of a side-project on the go, THE CLASS WAR KIDS…what’s up with that?

Pat of the Embarrassments fame was living in Montreal with that band, he came back to St.John’s as he was fed up of their lack of making any progress as a band. He came to play in his other band, the Satans in St.Johns, a Horror punk surf band, which also came to have the same problems he was having in Montreal with the Embarrassments. Lack of any forward motion as he was cut off from being able to write for the Satans, he asked Megan (Brat Attack’s last fill-in bass player-Hammer couldn’t make the last eastern tour), Miles Sharp and I to start a band with him. So we did and it’s going really well, good feed back. It’s more along the lines of Street Punk singing along stuff. Pat’s writing is really influenced by the Wednesday night heroes. I am trying to keep my writing different for both bands. Brats are moving to more old hardcore and the Class War Kids is more punk. Oh yeah, we are touring in the summer!

The Brat Attack were on Underground Operations for a while, which really raised your profile, you even played the Warped Tour. How did that work out for you?
UO really opened a lot of doors for us. We joined them while the label was still really politically driven. It was almost like the new G7 of Ontario. We really liked what London was doing with the label so we pushed really hard to get on it. It’s nice to work with people who are progressive thinkers. Over time things changed, Protest the hero stopped being a political band , the demise of Closet monster and the shift of what the label was originally about drastically changed. It opened them up to a much larger audience, but it did turn off the people who loved supporting a label that wanted to fight social injustice. But having bands like the Brats on the roster does not pay the bills, we can’t sell the units they need to keep afloat. We can sell enough to keep a DIY label afloat..or at least the recoup needed. UO was really good to us and we appreciated everything they did, London has a heart of gold I tells yah. 

 Warped tour was interesting, I still can’t decide if it was a good or bad thing. On one hand, we got to reach out to larger audience that normally wouldn’t get to hear what we talk about, get the information we distribute. The bands and people where really nice, even Kevin was really awesome to us. But the mass consumption and waste that is produced was heart breaking. We helped hand out UO flyers and people would take them, read it and throw it on the ground. We saw thousands of the flyers we handed out just tossed on the ground; we stopped giving them out after a hour, all of us felt like shit after that. We would do it again if we had the opportunity to do so.

What’s in the future for the Brat Attack?

The non-stop barrage of touring, maybe go to Europe or South America, putting out more albums (already have half of the next one written and demo’d). Brats will pretty much never die…well, until one of us dies. But we could have a weekend at Bernie’s tour. Dustin on stick.


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