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)
UPCOMING GIGS AND STUFF (see the 'WHATS ON' page for more details)
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS CALLUM HOUSTONDecember 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm – 11:00 pmFrosty's Bar, Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 9DWGraveyard Johnnys guitarist Callum Houston plays his debut London solo show at one of the best bars the London Irish has to offer. Admission free!!
THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANGDecember 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Fiddler, 229 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 7JG
Celtic vs HibernianDecember 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337916/celtic-vs-hibernian On Hibs TV.
NEW MODEL ARMYDecember 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm – December 15, 2019 at 11:00 pmElectric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP
Celtic vs AberdeenDecember 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337921/celtic-vs-aberdeen
THE POGUE TRADERSDecember 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7ANThe best Pogues tribute going!
St. Mirren vs CelticDecember 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337932/st-mirren-vs-celtic
Celtic vs RangersDecember 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337933/celtic-vs-rangers On Rangers TV.
Kilmarnock vs CelticJanuary 22, 2020 at 7:45 pm – 9:45 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337941/kilmarnock-vs-celticn
Celtic vs Ross CountyJanuary 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337945/celtic-vs-ross-county
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