End Of Pipe
Structured verse chorus, middle eight and whatever songs that make up melodic punk rock. Sometimes it feels like a slowed down Bad Religion, others there’s a hint towards Down By Law. There’s 6 songs here from this Brazilian outfit. With song titles like Rain and Pollution they may have more reason than many others to sing about these topics.
If you have ever enjoyed listening to Samiam in your life then this is worth putting on your radar.
Goober Patrol / 7 Day Conspiracy
Fixing a hole records
Goober Patrol are from Norwich and have been brandishing their high tempo ska pop punk sound for many years now.
7 Day Conspiracy are from Sittingbourne, which Wikipedia tells me is near Kent. 200 Km down the east coast from Norwich, but they have cast their geographical differences aside for this split record.
Goober win 5-4 on the number of songs scored but it’s a close win for the 7 Day lads when it comes down to getting you to sing along to cuss words. Since getting this I have had to keep my head down after realsing I was singing at the top of my voice to “You’re a fawkxxg cxxt” when cycling home from work. Not great when you’re stuck at traffic lights. Also not great when Goober Patrol take it to the fairground and start calling people wanxxr. Anyway, my public safety aside you’re getting 5 songs of fast paced ska punk from Norwich to complement 4 snuff type punk songs from Kent.
Good sing along stuff, in a great package.
This Is Our Day
So we have an assembled group of musicians complete with tattoos guitars, bass, drums, ukelele, accordion. Armed with a manifesto of making the world a better place, ready to scream it out, ready to take you with them. “Is there anybody out there that can see what I see.. Question everything… Ignorance Is Easy when you’re told what to believe”. So what’s not to like for an Irish person?
Roughneck Riot have been compared to the likes of Real McKenzies, Dropkick Murphys and bands that have taken punk / hardcore and given it a traditional (maybe Irish folksy) with the addition of those non punk rock instruments. Of course we can say the Pogues started it off and these have taken it a step further but listening to the record there is one band that screams out to me. The Men They Couldn’t Hang. I remember the Men did a tour in ireland in the late 80’s and we followed them to as many gigs as possible. There was an urgency to their music that equated to many punk bands rebelling at the time. However the Men they couldn’t Hang were armed with mandolins and acoustic guitars. They were proudly anti-fascist and spoke of the dire conditions in Britain that they were living in. They were proud to support the miners in their battle and all workers in their fight for their rights. Listening to This Is Our Day I am reminded of those days. The gig in Drogheda Boxing Club when we were ready to take whatever fight we were asked to the people.
Of course since those days, many bands have come and gone and have kept us on that garden path. Roughneck Riot are a welcome addition and when they sing “All across the nation a distinct lack of patience, we sing our contempt in such imperfect cadence, in the hope that one day, we’ll make just one small change” I am screaming it with them knowing we are making small steps along the way.