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Bad Religion – True North (2013)

Bad Religion - True NorthThis may be the shortest review I’ve ever written, which seems quite fitting considering the average Bad Religion song couldn’t be further from the 20 minute epic style of music. Simply put, this is a Bad Religion album. It sounds pretty much exactly like you’d expect a Bad Religion album to sound. Lucky then that Bad Religion are still one of the best punk bands on the planet.

Starting off in blistering form with the title track, True North immediately lays out what you’re going to be getting over the next 36 minutes in the form of 16 blistering songs. Lets pretend you’ve never heard Bad Religion before though. What’s on offer here is a collection of 2-3 minute songs with all the hallmarks of proper punk – none of your pop tinged Fall Out Boy/Blink 182 style bollocks here; this is political, philosophical, anti-establishment, socially aware music. Continue reading

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Green Day – ¡Uno! (2012)

Green Day are back with their new album, ¡Uno! and there are more than a few surprises with the release.

The first is that it is the first of a trilogy of albums. Sure, Guns N’ Roses and Bruce Springsteen have released two albums in one day before, and although ¡Uno! and it’s siblings aren’t being released on the same day (rather two months apart) it is still a staggering feat.

The album comes in at 41 minutes long. American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown are both way longer; this is the second surprise.

Finally given that songs such as ‘Jesus of Surburbia’ and many other tracks from the past ten years have been lengthy, the majority of tracks on ¡Uno! are around the 2:30 – 3:30 minute length; the longest is 5:03 a minute longer than its nearest rival. Continue reading

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Toy Dolls – Dig That Groove Baby (1983)

Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove BabyTen years ago I was playing Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 on Xbox when this completely barmy song came on. It was clearly an old punk tune, but it had the strangest vocal I’d ever heard and was different from the norm in that it was amusing rather than the usual angry punk fare. It went on to become one of my favourite songs from the game’s soundtrack. That song was “Dig That Groove Baby”. Jump to present day and I’m driving to work when it popped on the iPod’s shuffling selection. I chuckled away and immediately put the whole album on to listen to, and boy am I glad I did. I’d forgotten just how good it was.

It’s both conventional and unconventional punk rock. For the most part it’s sub three minute up tempo punchy three chord action, but what makes Toy Dolls so much different is the comic or even sometimes utterly banal nature of the lyrics delivered with the completely unique voice of guitarist, singer, song writer and only surviving member of the original band today, Michael “Olga” Algar. He’s high pitched, heavily accented, almost devoid of tune or any singing ability whatsoever, yet brilliant and fits the silliness of the music perfectly. You only have to listen to hear the song “Dig That Groove Baby” once and you’ll be hooked. Continue reading

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