Jan 2005 - opie muddle gives us Streetcore
reviews for new CDs from Squad Five-O, Lars Frederiksen, Action and Cheap
Squad Five-O - Late News
I've never heard of this band before now
but I have to tell you, I was pretty impressed (and with a battle-hardened
punk, like myself, that's pretty hard to do). With the resurgence
in punk and its current popularity, a lot of bands today are claiming the
'77 street-punk style! Now, although they may have the look, most of these
current groups simply don't have the sound.
Y'see, back in the '70's, punk rock was
a lot more melodic than it's '80's "hard-core" predecessor. You had bands
like CRIME, GENERATION X, THE CLASH, RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS, THE
DEAD BOYS, to name a few! These bands played snotty, rebellious and energetic
rock and roll in the name of PUNK...! And that's exactly what I got
from SQUAD FIVE-O!! They are so reminiscent of what early punk sounded
like and I loved every minute of it! Aggressive rock'n'roll; sloppy and
"Late News Breaking" by SQUAD FIVE-O is
truly punk ROCK. In the '77 vein, the way it is meant to be played....
Five-O - Late News Breaking Label: Capitol
The sophomore full length release from
RANCID guitarist, Lars Frederiksen, cuts right to the chase and goes for
the jugular. Catchy and powerful right from the start, this album puts
Frederiksen on the map. It's HARDCORE PUNK ROCK-N-ROLL the way it's meant
to be played. Tough, gritty, and streetwise.
Although some of the tracks are a bit cheesy
(i.e. "Mainlining Murder"), the album MORE than makes up for it musically.
It is a diverse blend of hardcore, punk, rock-a-billy, and roots-rock folk
music. I recommend it for those UN-interested in Rancid and more interested
in Punk ROCK.
Frederiksen & The Bastards - Viking Label: Hellcat
This is the debut full-length from the
Canadian anarcho-punk outfit, ACTION. They play blistering hardcore
punk, the sound is VERY tight, and VERY solid. The vocals are strong, yet
raspy (& dual at times), which makes for a straight-ahead, full-on
I did notice a couple of songs that have
a similar sound, in comparison to the legendary anarchist U.K. band, CONFLICT.
"Man's Law", "No One Knows", & "Nobody's Fodder" come to mind
immediately. The waning guitar solo as an intro is pretty reminiscent of
"Tough Shit Mickey" or "The Serenade is Dead". Not to mention the political
jibber-jabber over the waning guitar in the MIDDLE of the song is DEFINITELY
a CONFLICT staple. In spite of this, this band has a pretty distinct sound
of their own.
The lyrics are your typical anti-state,
anti-war, anti-God tripe that reminds me of '80's punk bands
such as CRUCIFIX or DISCHARGE. Regardless, if you like it FAST, TIGHT,
and LOUD, you'd probably like ACTION.
This is the second full-length from the
San Diego based streetpunk band, CHEAP SEX. This band plays hardcore
streetpunk with no diversion to the left or to the right. Three chords
and a few swills, will help you on your way with this cd. The vocals and
lyrics have an Oi! tinge to them in comparison to other bands that
have raspy or "SCREAM-O" vocalists.
The singer, Mike Virus, has a distinct
style to his sound... and damn it, I can't place any comparison too it!
But regardless to say, it's pretty unique.
"Headed for a Breakdown", lyrically, deals
with the social climate of today. The song "Reality T.V." is obviously
a song about just that; "REALITY TV - Show me something sick, REALITY TV
- You know it's all a trick!".
"Raped by the FCC" makes it's complaint
against the Bush administration & the FCC; "Church and state
is his agenda, drop a bomb in a heartbeat but a boob offends ya?????".
Most of the lyrics on here are on a more
social level then a political one though; there are songs that deal with
the desperation that comes with life and the feeling of loss over dead
& gone friends.
With the mix and range that comes with
this album, lyrically, it's no wonder why these guys are headed for a breakdown!
Sex - Headed for a Breakdown Label: Punk