Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….
The Old-timers’ new ep, Be Reconciled, is fantastic! 6 songs (only 4 actual music tracks) of fast paced, hard hitting punk rock! The ambient instrumental/spoken word pieces drive home the heart behind Be Reconciled, and they’re produced in such a way that it doesn’t distract and take you out of the music. I wish Be Reconciled was a full-length, because I just want more music from The Old-timers! 4 out of 5 Stars.
On the opposite end of the punk spectrum we get Christ’s Sake’s sophomore record, We All Fall Down. Upbeat, rock and roll influenced pop punk.You can tell the band is from California based on their sound alone. It has that laid back California cool vibe. Where The Old-timer’s are hard hitting and fast paced, Christ’s Sake has created a soundtrack of enjoyable, sunny day, good times, pop music. Songs like So Sorry, Mr Heroin, Let’s Skate, and Praise the Lord give you a little more punk “attitude”, but mostly We All Fall Down is music that makes you feel good! Who doesn’t like that? 4 out of 5 Stars.
Start Again is the new acoustic solo ep from False Idle front-man, Sef Idle. From Unisef to False Idle, Sef’s always delivered hard hitting punk rock, so it’s nice to see him take a step back do something a little different. Start Again is simple and uncomplicated. It’s not a solo record trying to branch into a new direction and getting distracted. It’s Sef and an acoustic guitar. The further I got into the ep, the more I enjoyed the songs. And the ep’s closing track, Get Back Up, has that punk intensity we’ve come to expect from Sef, and I love the song! 4 out of 5 Stars.
Thumper Punk’s new release, Living Fire’s Dead to Sin, is what an album sounds like when all the stars align and things work together perfectly. The riff that opens Almighty Lord, and the album, will you chills. The bass riff into the fury that is These Words is what Blink 182 wishes they could’ve pulled off in their prime. The band’s cover of Officer Negative’s JCHC brilliant! The songs are fast and powerful, and well thought out. It’s a punk record through and through. It’s also one of the best produced records from the label! There is nothing to hate on Dead To Sin! If you’re a fan of punk rock and you don’t buy this record, you should be ashamed! 5 out of 5 Stars!