Monthly Archives: April 2014

ALBUM REVIEW: THE SUNDAY PUNCHERS –’High Tides and B-Sides 2010 – 2013′ (2013)

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must be pretty lonely when you’re the only celtic-punk band in your town or even your country but what about being the only one in your continent!?!?

The Sunday Punchers- 'High Tides And B-Sides' (2013)

The Sunday Punchers have that exact problem! Hailing from Johannesburg in South Africa they are indeed the continents only celtic folk punk rock and roll muck up!

Traditional Irish music, as well as deep rooted South African folk have a lot in common in terms of music styles. A couple of guys, some from Irish/Scottish heritage and others from their deep rooted Afrikaans heritage decided to do away with their noisy punk rock riffs and look a little deeper into their roots. 

The Sunday Punchers

The Sunday Punchers first set sail on their journey in mid 2010, with only two members, Shaun Hillary and Francois Mostert, who were then joined by Jose Mostert on drums, Michiel Kruger on electric guitar, Ankia Van Der Merve on Violin, Genedior Clarke on bass guitar and Clinton Hattingh on harmonica they were later joined by new drummer Quintin Koekamoer and began to ply their trade around ‘Jo’ wherever they could play.

Their first year was not smooth sailing, the waters of the South African music industry for a new band were not the easiest to navigate and with financial problems and commitment issues a few members where lost.
In early 2011, the original Punchers knew that they needed some new crew. This was when they added Darryn Small on the drums, Gavin Sadler on bass guitar and Brandon Ramnath on Keyboard/accordian.
The winds were changing for the Sunday Punchers and the sails were full! 

The Sunday PunchersThey were being invited to play some of the greatest shows of their musical careers! But once again, some of the members studies and personal lives had to take priority.
In late 2012, some new crew was recruited! Sails still FULL the Sunday Punchers were now set for the perfect journey.
Equipped with a serious, committed crew they are now ready to sail across the sunset and up into the stars…

The band have released a compilation of their early stuff and have put it out for free download so do yourselves a massive favour and click the link below to go direct to the download page…

THE SUNDAY PUNCHERS- HIGH TIDES AND B-SIDES FREE DOWNLOAD LINK

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE DRINK HUNTERS- ‘Lurking Behind The Woods’ (2014)

The Drink Hunters- 'Lurking Behind the Woods' (2014)
This is the second album from Catalonian band The Drink Hunters.  Formed in Barcelona in 2008 they previously self-released ‘With My Crew’ on a shoestring budget in 2011 and now ‘Lurking Behind The Woods’ lands on our doorsteps and, as is always the big question with second albums, how does it rate to that excellent first album?
The answer is pretty damn well as it goes. Personally I’d say I prefer it to the first album but opinion seems divided looking at some of their reviews. They’ve added tin-whistle to the bands repertoire and although the Drink Hunters sound has evolved fans will be more than happy with the result.
The Drink Hunters
Fourteen tracks clocking in at just under 40 minutes and completely financed and controlled and put together by the band. DIY in perfect perfection!
Starting off with the title track Spanish sounding guitar with a voice over film sample soon bursts into ‘Speciecism’ which sounds pretty much like NOFX doing celtic-punk! The ‘celtic-NOFX’ label fits in quite well with The Drink Hunters and the majority of the songs fly by in around 2 minutes. Lyrics are sung in English
Pau from the band expands on this “yeah, I feel that the English language can open more doors, particularly in this genre which is not very popular in Spain yet.”
and easy to understand so songs like  ‘Breogan’s Descendents’ and ‘Big Fella’ that talk about real celtic history don’t get lost in the sound. For me its the fiddle led songs like ‘The Hunters Song’ and ‘Kill The King’ that are the standout tracks. Another class song is ‘Speak More Than a Fucking Politician’, check out the great video at the bottom of this page. The whole album is a singalonga masterpiece of celtic-punk with elements of Spanish/Catalonian music as well as medieval-punk moments that completely work with their style of NOFX/Bad Religion/’skate punk’
The Drink Hunters
The best thing anyone can say about the Drink Hunters is that if they were North American they would be, and pardon my French here,  fucking massive! But as one of the hardest working bands in Europe that international stardom can’t be far away.

for further info on The Drink Hunters have a look at ‘Celtic Folk Punk And More‘ Blog for a album review here and band interview here.

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WHO DARES TO SPEAK OF EASTER WEEK?

RADIO REBEL GAEL PRESENTS :
Who Dares To Speak of Easter Week?
Radio Rebel Gael’s Tribute
to the heroes of Easter week and all Irish freedom fighters throughout history…
In Dublin 98 years ago, a tiny band of Irish rebels and patriots took possession of the main post office. There, on Easter Monday, they proclaimed the birth of an Irish Republic and the end of England’s imperial rule. At the time the rising was unrealistic, had little support and was swiftly put down. Yet with vengeful ferocity, the British ordered the execution, one by one, of 15 rebel leaders, including a trade unionist, James Connolly, suffering from gangrened wounds, who had to be propped up in a chair to be shot.

When the grisly business was done, William Butler Yeats wrote, Ireland had

“changed, changed utterly: a terrible beauty is born.”

The victims themselves sensed that theirs was a blood sacrifice that foresaw rebirth and renewal, that their deaths might some day be seen as the secular incarnation of a sacred season. But the Easter Rising also proved to be a dress rehearsal as an empire fell and ordinary people entered and seized history.

His Name Was Connolly

featuring the best in Irish rebel folk and celtic-punk from Ireland and ‘across the broad Atlantic’

1.) The Foggy Dew- ATHENRYE (Dublin)

2.) Erin Go Bragh- THE WOLFE TONES (Dublin)

3.) Bright Star- Bobby Sands- as read by STEPHEN RAE

4.) Comrades In The Dark- THE PRODIGALS (New York)

5.) Freedom’s Sons- SHARKY DOYLES (Chicago)

6.) Connolly Was There- POL Mac ADAIM (Belfast)

7. Easter Time/Freedom’s Sons- BARLEYCORN (Belfast)

8.)Meet Me At The Pillar- DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS

9.) Culture- THE REBEL HEARTS (Tipperary)

10.) The Dying Rebel- KATHLEEN LARGEY (Belfast)

11.) Citizen’s Army- RAY COLLINS (New York)

12.)Who Dares To Speak Of Easter Week?- BRENDAN BEHAN (Dublin)

13.) Met A Proud Man- GERRY T.MORAN (Norfolk/Dundalk)

14. Who Dares To Say- THE BATTERING RAM (Dublin)

15.) The Starry Plough- THE DRUIDS (Kildare)

16.When Will We See- THE DRUIDS (Kildare)

17.) The Rifles Of The I.R.A- ATHENRYE (Dublin)

18.) Provos Lullabye- THE WOLFHOUND (Belfast)

19.) Woods Of Drumboe- THE WOLFHOUND (Belfast)

20.) Guest Of The Queen- BRIAN UA BAOILL

21.) Bobby Sands- CLAYMORE (Glasgow)

22.) McVerry’s Men- BANJO BURKE (Kilkenny)

23.) Eamon Wright- ADELANTE (Coatbridge)

24.) 1916 Proclamation- CU CHULAINN

25.) Banna Strand- FLYING COLUMN (Belfast)

26.) The Rebel by Padraic Pearse- THE DUBLINERS

27.) Padraic Pearse- THE WOLFE TONES (Dublin)

28.) Follow Me Up To Carlow- BLOOD OR WHISKEY (Kildare)

29.) The Peeler And The Goat- NIAMH NI CHARRA (Killarney)

30.) Oro Se Do Bheath Abhaile- THE DUBLINERS

31.) Sean Larkin- THE IRISH BRIGADE (Tyrone)

32.) The Rhythm Of Time- BOBBY SANDS

33.) H Block Song- THE PLAYERS BRIGADE (Dublin)

34.) Ninety Miles from Dublin- POL Mac ADAIM

35.) Mise Eire- POL Mac ADAIM

36.) The Wind That Shakes The Barley- THE BATTERING RAM

37.) Boys Of The Old Brigade- EIRE OG (Glasgow)

38.) The Boys From Tamlaghtduff- CHRISTY MOORE (Kildare)

39.) The Rising- BRICK TOP BLAGGERS (California)

40.) Henry Joy (Faithful To The Last)- CIARAN MURPHY (Armagh)

41.) Who Fears To Speak Of Easter Week- DOMINIC BEHAN (Dublin)

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“Had the Gaelic race never produced a scrap of literature, had our treasures of history and romance never had a being, had our Cormac’s, Keating’s and our O’Clery’s and Donnachadh Rua’s never written a line, these folk songs of ours would have been sufficient to prove for all time the glorious capabilities of our race.”

– Padraig Pearse

to find out more about the 1916 Easter Uprising you could try Wikipedia or the excellent site at Easter Rising 1916.

The 1916 Societies are committed to fostering and promoting Irish unity as set out in the 1916 Proclamation and their website is here.

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EP REVIEW: THE MAGGIE WHACKERS- ‘Naoned Whisky’ (2014)

Sans Regrets Sans Remords

The Maggie Whackers- 'Naoned Whisky' (2014)

This great celtic-punk band were formed in the city of Nantes in 2009 and are at the forefront of an amazing Breton celtic-punk scene along with Les Ramoneurs De Menhirs and the Sons Of O’Flaherty. We noticed recently that our pages were starting to become a little dominated by solely Irish music so we’ve tried to rectify that by trying to cover more about the other celtic nations and their influences so recently we’ve had articles on Scotland and Wales.Brittany national flag

Sadly one of the lesser known celtic nations is Brittany. Occupied by France since the 15th century it is simply incredible and a remarkable testament to the people that despite, in common with all the other celtic nations, centuries of repression, discrimination and emigration that Brittany has clung so solidly to its celtic roots. Their language is very closely related to both Cornish and Welsh and despite the French government being able to show the British a few things in how to suppress native languages more than a quarter million people still speak Breton fluently! Today estimates suggest over 20% of the population have a knowledge of Breton and with the language and independence movement stronger than it has been for decades things are looking good for Brittany and whose to say it wont follow Scotland and Catalonia into independence. The sooner the better say we!

This release follows the path of their 2011 self titled release in that it also has 5 songs, also has a couple of traditional covers and the rest of the EP is made up of funny, drinking and political songs. That first release got them plenty of critical acclaim but this was followed by a period of silence that led me to believe they had split up. I was delighted then to recently come across a video of them playing with hip-hop world superstar Macklemore (here) at a gig last year and that was followed by news of a St Patrick’s 2014 tour of Brittany with the aforementioned Sons Of O’Flaherty…that would surely have been a set of gigs to die for!

The Maggie Whackers

So what do you get here. First track is the celtic-punk standard ‘Drunken Sailor’ which starts off as you’d expect but soon speeds up and the fiddle, mandolin and tin-whistle are soon working overtime to keep up with the vocals. Track 2 is ‘Sans Regrets Sans Remords’ which translates as ‘Without Regrets Without Remorse’ and is the only song not in English and is also the EP’s most punk rock song though the Breton bagpipes stand out enormously. ‘Fucking Goblins’ makes use of the electric guitar and mandolin again in a song about drinking too much whiskey! The fourth track is ‘I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday’, a trad Irish song made famous by the Godfathers of celtic-punk The Pogues and would I’m sure make them as pleased as punch to hear it. The final song is my favourite and I could be a bit biased here as the chorus to it is

“Burn in hell Maggie Thatcher”

ska, celt and punk collide in a real fist in the air singalong and brings this fantastic EP to a end. Don’t come along to the Maggie Whackers expecting to hear ‘Irish’ celtic-punk as Brittany has its own celtic ways and traditions and sounds and this is evident in everything the band do and ought to ensure they are heard far and wide.

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*By the way the title of the record is in Breton and simply means Nantes Whisky!

For everything you need to know about Brittany and its drive to independence The Breton Connection is an absolutely fantastic place to look so click here and find out more.

 

EP REVIEW: HOOLIGAN – ‘Criminal Damage’ (2014)

Guitar driven anthemic Irish punk

HOOLIGAN- Criminal Damage (2014)
Hooligan are the latest in a long line of fast as feck and fantastic punk rock bands out of the Emerald Isle. Formed in Dublin in October 2009 ‘Criminal Damage’  is the bands fourth EP just out this week on the American record label ‘Oi! The Boat’. After the critical success of their previous releases ‘No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs’, ‘Prodigal Son’ and ‘Punk Rockers And Hell Raisers’ Hooligans name is on the rise all over Europe.

Having toured all over all the place in the last couple of years, including some memorable London gigs, a Long Player is surely not far off but in the meantime they have given us a 4-track EP to sate our appetites. Recorded in Newcastle and featuring the North-East’s finest punk rock musicians: Decca Wade and Nicky Buck on drums; Tony Van Frater on bass/guitar; and Mond Cowie, together with Decca in the producers chair. Oft time compared to the truly legendary Angelic Upstarts they also share the Upstarts politics too…

“I feel that anti-fascism is integral to the punk movement. The Clash and The Ruts were both active in promoting anti-racist causes; and in today’s punk scene, bands like the Angelic Upstarts have a firm anti-fascist stance. It’s not at all convincing to say that politics don’t belong in punk; and one of punk’s greatest strengths is that it can address political issues in a powerful and meaningful way.”

The comparisons with The Angelic Upstarts are well justified. I haven’t been able to listen to second song ‘Street Punk Hero’ without thinking its gonna be the Upstarts ‘Never Ad Nothin’ but there’s also elements of the UK Subs and Stiff Little Fingers in there too. The title track is the stand out by a smidgen but the quality is spread across the whole record. They don’t just sound like an iconic and classic punk band, Hooligan are quickly becoming an iconic and classic punk band in their own right. Great musicianship and lyrics mean another four great tracks of uplifting punk rock with a message that hit home and only leave us wanting to hear more!


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Great interview here from ‘Louder Than War’

 

 

THE RUMJACKS… AND IRISH PUBS!

You know us here at 30492 are massive fans of Australian celtic-punk. In fact I’d say we’re a bit overly obsessed with it

you can check out the truth of that here here here

so without repeating ourselves go and have a look why we like it so much. But, without a doubt in my mind, the pick of the bunch has to be the amazing Rumjacks from Sydney. Simply to say from the moment I heard their first EP I’ve been a major fan of theirs and it was great to hear recently that the boys have a new album due out for release in the early summer on their own label ‘Four | Four Records’  and they are also back to gigging ferociously across Australia.

The Rumjacks

I dare say they came to most peoples attention with the release of the video for ‘An Irish Pub’ from the ‘Gangs Of New Holland ‘ album. To say it went big is a understatement…as we speak its on the verge of 5 and a half million hits! Have a listen and follow the lyrics at the bottom of the article and then go on and check out The Rumjacks on Facebook and Twitter and all that other shite. The best band out of the best scene in celtic-punk!

WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID IRISH THEMED BARS  LIKE THE PLAGUE! 
by Beer Drinker

God I hate Irish themed bars, they are generally soul-less places, tat everywhere, and ran by people who have no idea about class or Irish culture. There are no Irish themed bars in Ireland so why are they so fucking popular!!!  It’s the McDonaldisation or Starbucking of the bar world.

What is this Oirishness that one can see in these bars – bicycles on the wall, turf in the fire, Guinness memorabilia, ancient books on shelves, shamrocks and shillelagh’s on the wall and old pictures of Ireland back in the day are everywhere? All this is a plague.

A good marker for me is if it’s called an Irish pub then it’s not an Irish pub. Or if it has a real tacky name or pseudo – Irish name then it’s a big no no. Have you ever seen those god damn awful Irish themed bars in London, ‘O’ Neills’, Christ on a bike they are woeful places to be.  Just because you stick up a poster of ‘Irish doorways’ or ‘Pubs of Ireland’ doesn’t mean I have the urge to drink in your establishment. Fuck off!

First off, why the Irish? Well Ireland has a big reputation for drinking and alcohol – Guinness, whiskey, good sessions, the craic and all that… and deservedly so. We have the St. Patricks day thing as well and, of course, the Irish music, which helps.

A real Irish pub when it’s on form is one of the best places to be when the music is playing, the drink is flowing, and the conversations are enlivening. Basically they are just like any other pub, with normal pub names, selling normal beer, and where normal people drink in. So what makes them Irish then? Mostly its the clientele. Pretty much any night could be a good session, musicians can crop out of anywhere, no set list, nothing is planned, go with the flow, no one has to prove how Irish one is, you just are, that’s it. Atmosphere is informal, friendly, and the people running them are genuine

Now a lot of Irish people do run Irish themed bars abroad, and have Irish staff, and they sometimes do cater for the ex-pat community, and a lot of the original ones that first appeared were decent places to drink in. And to be fair the Irish do play the Paddywhackery card as well, when it suits (Jesus just look at any Irish person ever to work for BBC). The Oirishness is played to a tee sometimes, but at least kept in check most of the time or to a bare minimum.

But then it seemed to get out of hand, and every new bar in a town was an Oirish bar – people were just taking the Mick (literally!), they know it’s a joke, or at least they should admit so. These bars cater for the tourist, the person who isn’t a heavy or serious drinker, the hipster, and the wanker, basically. Too afraid to head down town to the more edgy part of town, or drink with real people and drink where there might be some real atmosphere, they would much rather drink in an Oirish bar. Well it’s a safe choice as you know what to expect and you won’t get shouted at or molested!

Don’t forget the food as well, ha ha fish and chips, loads of fucking potatoes and an Irish breakfast. Ha don’t make me puke. When I was a nipper the only food you could get in a bar was a bag of crisps and maybe some hang sandwiches!

I prefer the good old Irish bars of yonder year; dark brooding places, a bit dodgy, an atmosphere of aggression in the air, with horse racing non stop on the TV, old men in the corner ranting away to nobody in particular, no music blaring out the Dubliners on an endless loop, and when it hits a certain hour the madness begins, but always when would that madness begin? And the toilets? Ha, well better not go there!

So what can we do about it all then? Well don’t frequent these places. If it screams Oirishness then don’t go in! Please! Enough decent bars all over the world are dying due to this infestation of Paddywhackery.

(Beer Drinker runs a fantastic blog of his own called ‘This Drinking Life’ don’t delay and click here to find out more)

THE RUMJACKS

‘AN IRISH PUB’

Whale, oil, beef, hooked! I swear upon the holy book,

The only ‘craic’ you’ll get is a slap in the ear,

Whale, oil, beef, hooked!

I’ll up nd  burst yer filthy mug,

If you draw one more shamrock in me beer!

We’ll raise the price o’ beer a dollar,

We’ll make em wear a shirt & collar,

We’ll fly a bloody tri-colour,

And call it an Irish pub,

Jager bombs & double shots,

The underagers think its tops,

We’ll spike the drinks and pay the cops,

We got us an Irish pub.

The quick one in the filthy bog,

The partin’ glass across the lug,

O’ the lady-O, the dirty dog,

We got us an Irish pub,

It’s over to me and over to you,

We’ll skip along the Avenue,

And who t’hell is Ronnie Drew?

We got us an Irish pub.

Plasma screens & neon lights,

Kara-farkin-oke nights,

The bouncers they can pick the fights,

We’ll call it an Irish pub.

Plastic cups, a polished floor,

We’ll hose the blood right out the door,

And let the knucklers back for more,

We got us an Irish pub,

Oh top o’ the mornin’,

Garryowen, Kiss me I’m Irish, Molly Malone, Failte, Slainte, Pog ma thon,

We got us an Irish pub,

Spike the punch & strip the willow,

Strike me up the rakes o’ Mallow,

The Liffey never ran so shallow,

We got us an Irish pub.

so check out The Rumjacks here on Facebook  Twitter and their WebSite you’ll not be disappointed!

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