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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 18:11 Written by Patrick Connors Wednesday, 08 August 2012 19:41
"Sydney Mod musician & photographer Chris Newton has been quietly documenting the intertwined Ska, Skin and Mod scenes around town since 2008, and has compiled the results in this nifty little coffee table book of black & white images. Published through Chris Is The Modern World Publishing."
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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:27 Written by Patrick Connors Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:41
The Hard Targets sound betrays a range of influences ranging from protopunk, bootboy glam, pub rock and power pop. It's been variously described as "gritty rock'n'roll "and "man music" and their debut seven inch urges it to be filed under "maximum r'n 'b". This self titled release comes courtesy of a collaboration of the Contra (Germany), Longshot (United States) and Three Stars (Australia) labels. It kick starts a collector series called Diamonds in the Rough featuring a new breed of similarly styled bands. It is a double A sided 45rpm Pirate Pressed slab of petrochemical goodness featuring three tracks - Dogs and Fleas, Champagne and Nothin' Left to Prove. If you're a fan of older bands like Eddie and the Hotrods, Slade or the Undertones, or newer bands such as the Sydney Ducks, the Penny Cocks or Stamford Bridge, check out the sounds of The Hard Targets. The Hard Targets features current and former members of bands such as Marching Orders, Bulldog Spirit, Mindsnare and The Terrace.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:03 Written by Patrick Connors Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:56
This is a can't miss release from 2 of modern Oi!'s finest from Oi! the boat records. Germany's Stomper 98 clock an epic 8 minutes on this 7" and Kentucky's Brassknuckle Boys fire back with two raw cut, previously unreleased rippers that make us wonder where these guys have been for the last several years.Black vinyl /500.
Written by Patrick Connors Saturday, 30 June 2012 22:26
Available for the first time on CD ever - this is a collection of their 3 vinyl EPs to date so far and 3 previously unreleased tracks. For die-hard Oi! and streetpunk fans this is a must! Get your copy before it’s too late.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 21:41 Written by Patrick Connors Saturday, 30 June 2012 21:22
With a name like “Harrington Saints”, I’m immediately struck with the idea that this is a serious business, no holds barred, blue collar, in your face, working man’s street punk band. Maybe it’s familiarity with the genre, but there was no mistake in my assumption. These particular saints hail out of a little east bay town know as Oakland. You may have heard of it.
The band has been around since 2005 and Pride and Tradition is their second full-length. This one is produced by Lars Frederiksen. You may have heard of him. With it you get 11 tracks planted firmly in the vein of Oi and Street Punk; Blue collar rock and roll for the poor souls that have had their back broken by the man and get nothing in return.
The music is short, crisp, poignant, and timely yet timeless. (until such a time as people aren’t getting the short end of the stick I guess … so yeah, timeless.) That said, Street Punk isn’t the be all, end all for me. There is a strong tendency to get a bit repetitive. The Harrington Saints work to remedy this by not sticking strictly by the books. Tempos shift and not every track is a full on shout along. The themes run constant though; A desire for more, the tenuous grasp on the American Dream, white collar bandits, the ones who don’t put the effort in for their fair share.
Bottom line: If you like punk rock and you feel like you’ve constantly got the boot against your neck, rock the hell out and shout along with the Harrington Saints when they come crushing through your town.
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