Lawmaker - All Work No Class

DIY - EP -


1257_lawmaker.jpgLawmaker is band which is consists from guys around San Francisco´s Bay are and Swedes from Stockholm and this is their debut EP with three songs. Interesting is that the EP was released in normal but also in unplugged versions. Members has experiemces with playing in bands like folk punk The Judas Bunch or Bum City Saints. Songs on EP are Lionhearted, Working Poor and You Can Not Stay. Other songs can be checked on their Spotifiy channel (All Work No Class and all unplugged versions…so eight songs together). The first piece Lionhearted will kick your ass with raw punk rock energy, singalong vocals and perfect solo at the end. Second one Working Poor is similar and maybe better again so much energy and perfect guitar especially the solo at the end. Song is about the fact hor working class became working poor. Last one You Can Not Stay is in similar spirit and it is about the fact that even if you work, the society wants to destroy you because you do not fit in. Song has totally perfect end. As you see all songs are about working class and the oppression. On the cover is US/Swedish coat of arms. I do not know much about the inside because I have just promo copy. This totally perfect!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 22.04.2021

Lupara - Dluhy se platí...

DIY - CD -


1256_lupara.jpgDebut CD of this three piece band from Pardubice city contains 5 songs (4 are from them and one is Too Good To Be True from Motorhead´s album March or Die) which were recorded in 2016, in 2019 they put them on the web (https://bandzone.cz/_103714), where you can check them and now they put them on CD which was released DIY. On bandzone you may find also two more songs called Salvatore Riina and Stará kovárna (Old Forge) which has also videos on youtube. Song titles are Bedny (Gambling Machine), SHARK, Omerta and Lupara. On the line up is interesting that main vocals are done by drummer. Music (and mainly due to guitar) is into dirty rock´n´rollu which I like and typical you may hear it on cool solos in each song. First song Bedny has great rhythm thanks to drums and it is about the fact how man loose himself in gambling, title song is slowest one and it is about great design of sawed-off shotgun. In same spirit is song Omerta – both Lupara and Omerta are long guitar solos with spoken vocals. Their last piece is called SHARK and it is about pub/bar where band used to go. From the song titles you may see the inspiration with gangsters and mafia. Booklet is ok – lyrics, photos and a few words. I am really glad that band don´t hesitate and put older material on physical copy which you may order for 8 Euros on lupara@post.cz. Good one, really good one.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 16.04.2021

Laki & Järjestys - Kuka lystin kustantaa?

Hellstone Records - EP -


1255_laki.jpgDebut EP of this band from Finand can be translated like Law and Order and it is out on Hellstone Records (300 pieces). The band members have experience with bands like Anal Thunder, Rejected and Kyre & Duunarit. EP contains 4 songs in Finnish, digital version has one bonus - Idiootit. Band plays in four in classic line up. EP is opened with song Kuka lystin kustantaa (something with payment), second one is Suomi, oi Suomi, first on B side is Kermapersejulkkikset (something with celebrities and ass :)) and the last one is Reilua peliä (Fair Game). First song has great title riff and guitar tune, second one nice singalong refrain with vocals from whole band. Third one is in slowest rhythm/tempo compared to previous songs and the last one has almost spoken vocal. Bonus song Idiootit can be checked on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz87GWTu2CM. I really like guitar which is playful in each song. I can´t tell you about the lyrics because I have just promo CD, graphics is drawn – empty wallet on the front side and some hooker on back side. I do not know many Oi! bands whose sing in Finnish – Ari´s projects, Rangaistuspotku, Ukonnaula, Brewdriver, Tammerfist, …so thumbs up for using their native language. All songs are good and for me fine surprise.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 14.04.2021

Bridgehead - Lockdown EP

Nordic Noise - EP -


1254_bridgehead.jpgAnother project where plays Tomppa (Wrongdoers, Kings Cross, Ukonnaula) is called Bridgehead and this is their debut four piece EP called Lockdown and it is out on their label Nordic Noise. Project contains two persons – Tomppa from Finland (on instruments) and Henke from Sweden (who sing). Songs are in English and they are called The Oi! Sounds, Emissions or Emotions, How It´s Gonna End and No Sympathy. All songs are about actual topics – ecological fanatism and b/w view on the world (miss Greta) which is nonsense (Emission or Emotions), Covid 19 pandemy (How It´s Gonna End) or red students which are calling themselves working class and they didn´t hear about night shift (No Sympathy). Last song is classic topic about all PC punks and skins which are hidden safetly in thei clubs and who deny their own history (The Oi! Sounds). Musically it is not as hard as Tomppa´s previous projects…vocals are catchy without roughness, guitar is lightly boostered and full of nice tunes and solos. In How It´s Gonna End is also acoustic guitar. Most of all I like How It´s Gonna End and Emissions or Emotions (both can be found on youtube) Cover is done by Muna and it is perfect with heraldic attributes of Sweden and Finland. Inside is paper with lyrics and band members photo. This is perfect without any doubts.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 13.04.2021

The Hard Targets - The Hard to Kill

Longshot Music/TASM Records - LP -


1253_hard_targets.jpgHard Targets came from Melbourne in Australia and their first record is from 2012 – EP called File Under Maximum R&B. This is their first full album and you may check 11 songs on it. Band plays in four and in line up is guitarist Phil who may be known from Marching Orders, Blister or Bulldog Spirit. LP is limited to 300 copies and graphics is done by Brod (who is also playing in Marching Orders, Stranglehold or RazorCut for example). Abum opens songs called Life at the Top which reminds me Get a Rope from Sparrer with its beginning, second one is Gotta Be More Alive which is more into bovver rock sound. Musically it reminds me classic bands from England (just check the guitar in Government Bedsit Blues which sound like Cockney Rejects). Side A ends with nice song called Best Years of Your Life. Rock sound has also first song from B side – Nothing to Prove. Next B side songs Home But Far Away and Hard to Kill are slower comapred to the other songs from LP but they have great refrains with nice vocals. Overall the B side is slower than A side but I really like it especially the ballad start of the last piece Kiss Me Deadly. Thumbs up for the guitar because solo are really great. Inside is paper with lyrics with cross outs so you may see the evolution of the song and also chords to some songs (I never see it in any other booklet). The Hard Targets are another band from Australia which has something to say.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 09.03.2021