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Hi-Fi Spitfires

Doors To The USA

Bullet Teeth Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

It’s been three long years since the Hi-Fi Spitfires released their impressive sophomore album, Nightraid, and now they’re back with the latest release, the five track EP Doors To The USA. Hi-Fi Spitfires are an example of the commitment bands show to punk rock with Stephen Straughan also recording and touring with punk stalwarts UK Subs and the other two members, Tony Taylor and Nelly, both active with their own outfits, First Wave and Garden Gang respectively, it’s clear that the Hi-Fi Spitfires are a band that don’t just talk the talk.

The EP’s title track is straight up punk rock that evokes the spirit of The Clash in their prime, this is followed by a classic old school punk rallying cry in the form of Fake City. Followers of the UK’s grass roots punk scene may get a sense of deja vu as the third track, Berlin, also appeared on First Wave‘s latest release, but as this was one of the highlight’s from their recent Toxic Rock ‘N Roll album I’m not complaining that it’s been given the Hi-Fi Spitfires treatment. Don’t Take My Heart returns to the classic punk rock feel that Hi-Fi Spitfires are best known for, but for me they saved the best for last, closing track Last Gang is a perfect moment of punk rock that makes you wish you could flip Doors To The USA over for another five tracks.

Doors To The USA is pure grass roots punk rock at it’s very best, the Hi-F Spitfires have always carried the spirit of punk’s past glories, but they bring them bang up to date and for me Doors To The USA is their finest release to date. The EP’s official launch party will be at the The Doll at the Black Bull in Gateshead, UK on the 30th December, with support from Loaded 44 and Pitbull. The Hi-Fi Spitfires will also be reissuing their first album, England Screaming, as a numbered limited edition of just 300 on red vinyl next month. Doors To The USA and the previous releases, including the upcoming limited vinyl pressing of England Screaming, can be purchased at their shows or by contacting the band.

Hi-Fi Spitfires Facebook page is here and their website is here

Hi-Fi Spitfires To Release New EP ‘Doors To The USA’

hi Fi Spitfires DTTUHi Fi Spitfires have announced they will release their new five track EP, Doors To The USA, next month, the new EP is the first new material from the band since the release of their critically acclaimed Nightraid LP in 2014. The official launch party for the EP will take place at the The Doll at the Black Bull, Gateshead on the 30th December with support from Loaded 44 and Pitbull. Doors To The USA will be available at their live shows and direct from the band, Hi-Fi Spitfires will also be releasing a numbered limited edition red vinyl edition of their debut album, England Screaming, later this year.

The Punk Site review of Nightraid can be read here

Hi Fi Spitfires website can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Hi-Fi Spitfires Confirm 2017 German Tour Dates

hi-fi-spitfires-tour-dec-16The Hi Fi Spitfires have confirmed they will be touring Germany in March 2017, they recently issued a limited edition vinyl run, of only 300 copies, of their sophomore album, Nightraid. The vinyl is available for £12 and can be bought from the band at their shows, the vinyl, and the CD, can also be ordered from the band where payment can be made via Paypal, you can contact Hi-Fi Spitfires via Facebook here.

The Punk Site review of Nightraid can be read here

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Hi-Fi Spitfires Release Limited Edition Vinyl Of ‘Nightraid’ LP

nightraidThe Hi Fi Spitfires have issued a limited edition vinyl run, of only 300 copies, of their sophomore album, Nightraid. The vinyl is available for £12 and can be bought from the band at their shows, including their March 2017 tour of Germany, it can also be ordered from the band where payment can be made via Paypal, you can contact Hi-Fi Spitfires via Facebook here.

The Punk Site review of Nightraid can be read here

You can also contact Hi-Fi Spitfire‘s via their website here

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Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44 & UK Subs

Beki And Steve Straughan

Angelic Upstarts, Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44, UK Subs, Holy Racket, Symbient, The Last Gang
By on July 2016 at e-mail

 

 

 

Beki and Stephen Straughan are possibly the hardest working couple in punk rock at the moment, Beki is active in Chaos 8, Stephen, also known as Steve Racket, is active in Hi Fi Spitfires and the Angelic Upstarts, and has recently become the guitarist for the UK Subs, as if that wasn’t enough both of them are in Loaded 44. I managed to catch them in a rare quiet moment to get an insight into what the future has in store for us from this industrious couple.

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nightraid

Hi-Fi Spitfires

Nightraid

Bullet Teeth Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hi-Fi Spitfires are a punk band from North East England, Nightraid is their sophomore album and follows on from their 2010 debut England Screaming. They have been flying in close formation since 2008, their debut album was impressive but Nightraid feels like an altogether more accomplished beast. Hi-Fi Spitfires are unsurprisingly heavily influenced by the likes of Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash and The Ruts, but that’s not to say that they are some dated anachronism, they take their lead from the first wave of punk rock but they have taken it and made it there own, as a result Nightraid is a contemporary slightly harder edged interpretation.

Nightraid‘s opener, Backfire, is an impressive start, it’s all upfront attack with a great guitar hook and fist pumping chorus. The album then heads in a more brutal direction until you get to the Battlefield Of Dreams, this track boasts an anthemic chorus and drops back to being closer to the old school that influenced them. The two aforementioned tracks are my personal favourites but there isn’t a weak track on Nightraid, all twelve rounds hit their targets. Amongst the rousing punk rock there are touches of dub that compliment the full tilt punk rock perfectly, this, and the variation in the tempo and style of the tracks, prevent this album from ever becoming repetitive.

What’s impressive is the fact that Hi-Fi Sptfires are a trio, they sound like there’s a full squadron behind them and the attack they have achieved though just two guitars is very impressive. This is a very accomplished album from a band that are grass roots DIY punk rock, that alone would be a reason to support them but forget about that for a moment, just focus on the fact that this is a great album regardless of how it came into being. As long as bands like Hi-Fi Spitfires are keeping the grass roots of punk alive and well then we’ll know our scene is in safe hands. Mission accomplished

Nightraid can be ordered directly from Hi-Fi Spitfires here