Dienstag, 19. Juni 2012

VARIOUS ARTISTS /// NOi!SE & RAZORS IN THE NIGHT & THE BROADSIDERS & SYDNEY DUCKS - "A BETTER TOMORROW - THE NEXT GENERATION OF U.S. Oi!" (Amazing American Oi! on 7'' vinyl released in 2012 via "LONGSHOT MUSIC" and "CONTRA RECORDS")

VARIOUS ARTISTS - "A BETTER TOMORROW - THE NEXT GENERATION OF U.S. Oi!"
(4 way split 7'' feat. NOi!SE, RAZORS IN THE NIGHT, THE BROADSIDERS & SYDNEY DUCKS)
("Longshot Music" & "Contra Records"; 7''):
Okay, it's really about time to take some time of and put some work and effort finally in this here again. Starting this off with a record review of this very fine 7'' vinyl here; it was released at the beginning of 2012 and I bought it back then recently. Now thinking about it I come to the conclusion that I should really take care of putting stuff up far more quick up here because: WTF, a half year used to pass me by before I review this little gem up here? Damn it! Okay, anyhow, back to the topic. This is a four way split that features four leading American Oi! or U.S. Oi! bands of today, namely NOi!SE, RAZORS IN THE NIGHT, THE BROADSIDERS and the before this 7'' to me totally unknown SYDNEY DUCKS. And, okay, it came out by the beginning of this year, like I've said I bought it recently, and it was clear to me that this is already a top ten album of 2012, period. And also it showed and still shows that the U.S. American Oi! scene still offers the most and the best quality in leading Oi! Oi! Oi! music worldwide, period. Skilled, ''special'' and ''gifted'' thru and thru. The a side of this record kicks off with the almighty NOi!SE from Seattle and their anthem "IDLE ACTION". Lyrically a strong slasher against self-proclaimed pro working class and against exploitation activists that know nothing about the Working Class lifestyle and Blue Collar mentality from left to right. Musically they play their typical very stand-alone and unique catchy and anthemic and sing a long friendly melodic yet very hard and energetic Oi! style between Melodic Westcoast Punk, fresh Punkrock and good ''old'' American Oi! tunes, all done very fresh and on an incredible high level of the standard of the quality of the music. What a brilliant band. They are followed up by no one else than the massive and bulky monster from Boston, MA called RAZORS IN THE NIGHT. Did they blend American Oi! with bully fresh yet nicely pretty old schoolish NY and Boston Hardcore already before then they surely reach new heights with their here featured anthem "FRUSTRATION", a furious raging unleashed storm of Oi! fueled Hardcore without any Metal stuff in it, but marked by heavy storming guitars, sawing buzz and storming drums, charismatic vocals and beefy back ups and by great changes of pace, rhythm and structure, damn it, amazing, and pretty demanding stuff. Awesome!!! Also great lyrics, hailing the Skinhead Way of Life and living a self-contained life and showing the stiff middle finger to the rest. Thumbs up!!! Then it's time to turn the sides and side b is kicking off with my total favorites, with no one else than the masterpiece band of the name of THE BROADSIDERS from Dallas, Texas. Heavily by the multi-layered and strongly diverse high skilled guitar work and the outstanding charismatic lead vocals and the mighty refrains marked American Oi! mixed with Southern Rock, some Country, Blues and Rock & Roll from Dallas, Texas/U.S.A. and their song "THE GOOD MEN DO" again is pure platinum, point and fact. Great songwriting, intense, grapping, interesting and nicely supriseful, also amazing musicianship and great lyrics on top of it. THE BROADSIDERS are a phenomenal band and this they do proove also here. Amazing!!! Then comes the final band and the biggest suprise fo me, the SYDNEY DUCKS from somewhere near San Francisco or so (the bandname goes back to a ''nickname'' that was given at the U.S. Westcoast and first and foremost around San Francisco to immigrants from Australia) with their larger than life anhem "BRANNAN'S FALL", dealing with a certain chapter in the history of America and the U.S.A. and being a little bit cynical and pretty critical on religion and such stuff. The music is great; Garage, Mod and Punk induced American U.S. Oi! marked by great and damn significant melodic yet pretty stoic heavy working guitars, a brilliant sawing and buzzing bass, pounding drums and almighty lead vocals, great catchy songwriting on top of it, anthemic as fuck. Four brilliant bands and songs on this one and the SYDNEY DUCKS turned out to be my personal favorites on this one, what a great and amazing suprise. Phenomenal!!! The artwork of this 7'' got a great look and is also featured here as a nice big poster (hanging already over my stereo, yeahr, tht's right), the production sound is through and through pure gold and the mighty 7'' comes in cool blue vinyl. Through and through great lyrics also on top of it, delivered by every band. This is a phenomenal piece of music, nothing left to say but: Get it!!! Buy it!!! This is your duty, point and fact. And trust me when I say, that this is and will be one of the top ten albums released in 2012. Awesome!!! And btw, this 7'' is also a very good proof that American/U.S. Oi! has by far more to offer than the overly hyped bullshit OLD FIRM CASUALS, your favorite U.S. Oi! casting band of today. Don't look there if you are looking for great and fresh and mighty American/U.S. Oi! of today, look better at different places and maybe you should start here. Get it!!! Cheers & Oi! (10 of 10 points)
A little appetizer is now coming in for you, enjoy it...:

video

SYDNEY DUCKS - "BRANNAN'S FALL" (Demo Version)


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