From the land of pipes and drunx comes this new EP of streetpunk and Oi! from Galician band Union Blood.
Bit of a departure for London Celtic Punks with this EP from the newly formed Street punk band Union Blood. Formed last Summer in A Coruña in Galicia now that city may ring a bell for celtic-punk fans as it is the home town of famous celtic celtic-punk band Bastards On Parades. As it goes Union Blood began last year as a side project but as Bastards On Parade announced on their Facebook page
“Hey! We wanted to let you all know that we are taking a break for a while. Different circumstances don’t let us keep the rhythm of traveling and tours we used to, so we will wait for the right time to come back as this band deserves.
See you soon you bastards!! Cheers”
Now Bastards On Parade, who took their name from the Dropkick Murphys song and played with them numerous times, worked their collective arses off over the years with their touring and even washed up over here a couple of times including a short and not particularly well organised tour (by us!) with The Lagan. So they are deserving of a break but what has stepped into the breach in the meantime you ask? Well what we have here is Union Blood’s first release and it has all the influences of Oi! bands past and present that you would expect flowing through it. Now I never been a skinhead but use to be a big fan of Oi! and one of the things about Oi! is that it was/is the British sound that completely dominates. Bands like The 4-Skins, Cock Sparrer and the Rejects seem to influence every band no matter where they come from and Union Blood are no different.
from left to right: Ruper, Arenga, Dopi, David
The EP begins with ‘Working Class Pride’ and its straight forward skinhead rock with David’s welcome, and familiar, voice rasping his way through a fast and catchy as hell number about having pride in your background. In a world where the working classes are hated by the elites (to be fair they always have been) for not voting the way they are told or being coarse or unruly and for simply not doing as we are told we only have each other. With the left around the world hellbent on destroying itself by the adoption of lunatic and poisonous identity politics a new left is needed that in the words of someone who should know is a new left that is
“from the class, for the class, of the class”
‘Reckless And Bones’ is up next and the chugging guitars are still evident but also the catchy gang chorus and “whoa whoa” too. Traces of Bastards On Parade here and with a piper in there we would be away!
The best song on the EP for me is the anti-fascist anthem ‘Blood On The Streets’ and cor blimey guv’nor it is a cracker. I won’t stray in cockney rhyming slang I promise but this song is an almighty foot tapper and fist shaker. Slightly slower and a lot heavier than previous tracks but by God it’s a class song.
The EP ends with the song ‘Brawlers’ which is another great song and dedicated to the Bhoys football team Deportivo de La Coruña. So there you have it songs about brotherhood, football, drinking and fighting the good fight. All played in such a way that if you were a fan of Bastards On Parade you would love this too. Great songs with interesting and well thought out lyrics and, most importantly of all, extremely good and catchy songs!
(you can have a listen to the EP below but only two songs feature so to get the whole four tracks you will have to buy the vinyl single)
THE POGUE TRADERSJuly 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN, UK
THE SALTSJuly 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmPizza Express Live Holborn, 99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF, UKSea shanties and originals from one helluva band!
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS DIRTY ARTICHOKESAugust 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Fighting Cocks, 56 Old London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QA, UKWith REFUSE/ALL, THE DISINCLINED and MR. PEACHY **FREE**
WILLIAM WALLACE MEMORIALAugust 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmSaint Bartholomew's Hospital, W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, UK
FLOGGING MOLLYDecember 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pmO2 Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, White City, London W12 8TT, UK
FLOGGING MOLLY atDecember 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pmO2 Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, White City, London W12 8TT, UK
STEVE'N'SEAGULLSDecember 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East, London N5 1RD, UKScandinavian Bluegrass Punk
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG atDecember 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmBorderline, Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB, UK
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