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Cock Sparrer

Forever

Pirate Press Records / Randale Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

COCK SPARRER are easily one of the most influential street punk bands in history, this is not surprising when you consider that they’ve been around since before punk was officially in existence and this year is their 45th anniversary, with punk being a sprightly 41 in comparison. Fashions and trends in the punk scene have come and gone but Cock Sparrer have almost always been there, never one’s to fit in they’ve always done what they do, and their self belief resulted in both the oi! and street punk scenes both adopting them as one of their own. Now well into their fifth decade Cock Sparrer are set to release their new album, Forvever, on the 2nd June, this latest release follows on from their 2007 full length, Here We Stand.

It should come as no surprise that Cock Sparrer haven’t changed, this is an album of high octane street punk that boasts singalong choruses and terrace chants, Forever is an album that maintains the spirit that appeared on the 1980 debut album, Shock Troops, and it’s credit to them that the years haven’t reduced their energy levels in the slightest. You can’t underestimate the influence of Cock Sparrer, everyone from Rancid and Dropkick Murphys to the Bouncing Souls and Agnostic Front owe a debt to this London based band, and the current album, unlike many bands that release album’s at their age, will only reinforce their reputation.

Forever is an album that will be well received by their established fan base, there are no surprises on Forever, but let’s face it, if they were going to mellow with age they would have done it before now. Forever doesn’t have any stand out tracks, but on the other hand there aren’t any low points that have you reaching to skip tracks, this is a solid sixteen track album that delivers exactly what you’d hope for, and expect, from Cock Sparrer. This isn’t a surprising album in any way, shape or form, this is Cock Sparrer delivering what they do best, sounding like they are still loving making the music they want to make and delivering albums that their worldwide fanbase will lap up.

Forever can be ordered via Pirate Press Records and Randale Records here

Cock Sparrer To Release ‘Forever’ LP

Adobe Photoshop PDFCock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history and 2017 sees them celebrate their 45th Anniversary. With a ten year gap between Cock Sparrer‘s last album, Here We Stand, and the present day, 2017 sees the release of their new full length album, Forever. The album was recorded over a four month period between the end of 2016 and February 2017, Forever is a collection of songs written in what only can be described as “the Cock Sparrer way”, anthemic, filled with hooks and with lyrics relating to real life.

Forever can be ordered via Pirate Press Records and Randale Records here

The Generators – Earn Your Stripes

TheGeneratorsThe Generators have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Earn your Stripes,” which is lifted from their 2016 full length of the same name, available now via Randale Records.

Watch the music video below.

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The Generators – Killing Time

GeneratorsThe Generators are streaming a new song from their split 10″ with Crashed Out.  The track is titled “Killing Time” and the 10″ is available now via Randale Records / Longshot Music.

Listen to the song below.

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Old Firm Casuals – A Butcher’s Banquet

Old Firm CasualsSan Francisco street/oi punks Old Firm Casuals are streaming a new track. It is titled “A Butcher’s Banquet” and can be heard below.

The song is from the 12″ EP of the same name, set to be released June 2016 on Oi! The Boat Records and Randale Records.

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The Generators

The Generators

Life GIves, Life Takes

Randale Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ever since stumbling upon The Generators’ mid-career highlight Excess, Betrayal and Our Dearly Departed, I’ve always considered it the best Bad Religion album not written or performed by Bad Religion.  When he wants to, lead vocalist Doug Kane is the world’s premiere Greg Graffin impersonator.  The infectious no-frills approach of the release soaked up a ton of my time and made for one of my favourite finds a few years back.  Skip ahead a few years and the California quintet has quickly reached their tenth studio album milestone and continues to grow their audience. 

Past comparisons aside though, their latest full length, Life Gives, Life Takes, will reach listeners on its own merits rather than by likeness to others.  This time around, The Generators dig back into their bag of tricks and rummage around for some of their earlier career sounds, making for a grittier, less formulaic performance that carries over all of the compositional know-how you’d expect from a band of eighteen years.  Opener “Gotta Be A Better Way” eases fans in safely with a quick two minutes of well-marked melodic punk rock.  The guitars are fiercer, solos more targeted and the band’s overall willingness to push their boundaries means, Life Gives, Life Takes takes on a personality all of its own. 

When it comes to taking chances, tracks like “Heartbreak Beach” do just that.  Infusing a strong upstroke and wavering organ, The Generators try their hand at a sunny day ska-meets-surf romp with peppy results.  Perhaps more surprising though is just how naturally hardnosed follow up “Castaways” switches gears.  Front man Kane lowers his voice to a menacing grumble and the band opens with spiraling doomsday chords that capture the hopeless “left for dead” scenario therein described.  “Nobody is going to rescue us, nobody is going to save us,” cautions Kane in a statement reflecting the sinking ship known as modern society.  Heavy rockers like “Goodbye California” maintain a steady melody while balancing heavy, high-flying solos with a melodic cushion of verse-specific woah-oohs. 

By this point, the band’s effort comes naturally and no one will question that they have their style down.  But as with many of their prior outings, Life Gives, Life Takes isn’t without some less memorable downtime.  For instance, “Neck And Neck With Death” and “Perfume And Poison” pass without making the sonic statement or vocal impact of “Here In A Heatwave” or the playful, catchy lyricism of “My Days Are Numbered.”  With so much new and exciting going on, the songs not quite pushing the envelope tend to take a back seat.  Without relegating any of the songs to “filler” status, some tunes will definitely earn more playtime than others.

With marked ambition and guitars that don’t hold back, Life Gives, Life Takes is going to be remembered as The Generators’ rock n’ roll album.  Those of us who know The Generators from their likeness to others will need to change our schema from this point out.  It has been said that The Generators are one of punk rock’s most underrated bands, so hopefully Life Gives, Life Takes changes that and more people start to take notice.

The Generators Announce New Album; Debut First Song

GeneratorsLong running LA melodic punk act The Generators has announced details for it next full length.  The band’s 10th studio album will be titled Life Gives-Life Takes and is due out via Randale Records on May 5, 2014.  Band member Doug Kane discusses what fans an expect from the record:

“This record is a rock n roll record, but our street punk upbringing definitely shines through, more so than our last few records… The vibe is similar to our humble beginnings. It’s a step forward, but I also think it has glimmers of our past in it as well. I wanted to bring the band’s songwriting back to the our earlier days where we kicked out those upbeat energetic 2 minute rock n roll anthems!”

A lyric video for the first song from the record, “Castaways,” can be viewed below.

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