BOOZE & GLORY – As Bold As Brass

Album: As Bold As Brass

Artist: Booze & Glory

Label: Sailor's Grave

Release Date: March 11, 2014

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www.sailorsgraverecords.com

 BY JOHN B. MOORE

 Lace up the Doc Martens and clean up that shaved head because Oi! is alive and well in London’s Booze & Glory.

 Long before the neo-Nazi skinheads did their best to co-op this genre, a slew of outspoken punk rockers like Sham 69 and Cockney Rejects took to the stages with their hook-laden working class anthems accentuated with gang vocals. Through distorted guitars, loud drums and catchy as hell sing-alongs, they created songs for the oppressed.

 As Bold As Brass, the sophomore effort from Booze & Glory, does a decent job of picking up that battle flag from their forefathers. All brass knuckle bravado and thick as stout cockney accents, if you closed your eyes you’d swear it was the late ‘70s/early ‘80s (and yes, that is a Margaret Thatcher sound bite leading into “Sick of You”).

 Lyrically the band sticks to the tried and true genre themes: don’t fuck with the kids (“Leave the Kids Alone”); love for your turf, no matter how shitty it is (“Waiting for Tomorrow”); and camaraderie (“We’ll Stick Together”). It’s not wholly original, but it doesn’t need to be.

 While punk rock has been tarred and feathered over the past two decades thanks to earnest emo bands and goofy pop music masquerading as its defining characteristic, it’s nice to see a band like Booze & Glory sticking to the tradition of pissing off the status quo and churning out a soundtrack for the working class.

 DOWNLOAD: “Leave the Kids Alone,” “One of Them” and “Only Fools Get Caught”

 

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