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EP REVIEW: PIRATE COPY ‘Goin Down A Storm’ (2015)

high-octane, rum-fueled celtic punk rock from Cornwall, the home of piracy!

PIRATE COPY ‘Goin Down A Storm’ (2015)

Pirate Copy have graced our pages once before. almost exactly a year ago to the day, for the release of their debut EP ‘The Shape Of Piracy To Come’ (check it out here and even get a free download of it too!). Formed on December 1, 2011 in Portreath, a fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, which is the spiritual home of smuggling and piracy and all that malarkey! As is our way we sometimes like to elbow in a bit of celtic history when talking about one of the celtic nations and it would be impossible to talk about Kernow and its tradtions and culture and language without first mentioning that history of piracy along the south-western coast. Cornish mythology is often derived from tales of seafaring pirates and smugglers who thrived from the early modern period through to the 19th century. Cornish pirates exploited both their knowledge of the coast as well as its sheltered creeks and hidden anchorages. For many fishing villages, loot and contraband provided by pirates supported a strong and secretive underground economy in Cornwall. Coupled with this rebelliousness was the fact that the Cornish, quite rightly, saw themselves as seperate nation to the one they were suppose to pay taxes and duties to. The Cornish are linked very strongly to both their ‘Brythonic cousins’ Brittany and Wales and all three share very similar traditions and languages. Over the years the Cornish have suffered from the closure of its mining industry, emigration and deglect on behalf of the Westminster juggernaut which seems determined to stamp out any signs of the celtic Cornish nation and turn it simply into southwest England.

left to right it's: - The Admiral (bass) - Johnny 'Danger' Danger (guitar) - Ashtiki The Caveman (drums) - Scarlett Van Dyke (ukulele) - The Captain (vocals)

Pirate Copy from left to right:
– The Admiral (bass)  – Johnny ‘Danger’ Danger (guitar)  – Ashtiki The Caveman (drums)  – Scarlett Van Dyke (ukulele)  – The Captain (vocals)

With all that in mind we eventually get to what we are here for and that is to tell you about Pirate Copy’s new EP. Released last month its three tracks of catchy punk rock with celtic influences and more shouts of “yarr” than I thought possible to fit on a nine minute EP. The right description for this would be ‘Pirate Punk’ and the band certainly play up to it but as they have that shit in their veins how can their be anything wrong with it. ‘Goin Down A Storm’ opens the EP and growling vocals atop heavy guitar riffs and shouty choruses carry on where they left off in the first EP.

“Indie kids at the bar, they sneer because we’re not cool
But this is our party and this shit fucking rules
Pretension and aggression they’ve got no place in here
If you’ve come to throw fists then you’re no buccaneer
We’re all about dancing and we love circle pits
Just watch out for the chicks and don’t act like a dick
We all know the score, we’re lookin’ out for each other
If you’re hangin’ with the pirates then we’ve got your back covered”

Its all great infectious fun and as I said before I bet they are something else to catch live. Its to their credit that they manage to transfer that live sound onto their studio material without losing anything in quality. Hats off to Doc Collins who achieved this at the Plymouth Music Collective studios in Plymouth.

Following this is ‘Whirlpool’ with more catchy as hell chugging guitars and great gang vocals combining to make a proper celtic-punk classic even though it storms past you in under two minutes.

‘make the most of every fucking day’

‘Lure Of The Sea’ brings the EP to a close and its a beauty. The most celtic-punk I have heard them and got to admit its pretty damn good. All the elements that make Pirate Copy what they are are there and all are turned up to eleven! A rowdy and riotess good time is guaranteed with this band who have proved they can successfully transfer their live sound onto record so don’t delay and get your measly £2 off to deepest Kernow immediatlely!

(you can listen to the whole EP by pressing play on the Bandcamp box directly below)

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EP REVIEW: PIRATE COPY- ‘The Shape Of Piracy To Come’ (2014)

rum, wenches, grog, rum, treasure, pillage, rum, gold, rum, sailin’, cannons, fightin’, rum, rum and rum.
the missing link between The Ramones and Captain Blood
Pirate Copy

Some proper authentic celtic-punk like from the ancient celtic nation of Kernow! Formed in Portreath, a fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, which is the spiritual home of smuggling and piracy and all that malarkey! Coming with that sort of heritage its no suprise that Pirate Copy play stripped down punk rock with a folk twist. The folk instrumentation is just the ukelele and its melodic punk rock that rules here but the whole thing does have a celtic-punk feel to it.
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These are sea shanties you’d not want your Nanna to hear! Singalonga choruses give it that celtic touch and while lyrics about the sea and piracy are themes hardly unknown to the celtic-punk scene coming from a band with that history in their blood makes Pirate Copy something special.
The five track EP starts with ‘The Crew’ and with a slow mouth organ bit before erupting into great old style punk rock
“you don’t fuck with pirates from the Kernow shore”

Growling vocals over slowish mid paced punk rock hits the spot squarely in the jaw. ‘Sail For Adventure’ follows much the same route with more talk of rum and treasure and wenches over a chugging punk rock tune and a chorus reminiscent of The Ramones at one point. ‘#bringtherum’ is another as catchy as anything number, and i’m sorry if again i end up using the word catchy far too much in this review. The band sound like their having great craic playing this and its fantastic feel good music thats simply impossible not to have your toes atappin’ and your head abobbin’ within the first few seconds. ‘Yarrr!’ is, you guessed it, catchy as well and is a very well and clearly recorded live track. More pirate talk and even a wee guitar solo playing away for you.
Pirate Copy
The last track brings the uke out a bit more and ‘Walk The Plank’ is Pirate Copy at their acoustic best. Great way to end the EP and leaves you simply gagging for them to record an album as soon as possible. Sure it would have been nice to have heard an accordion in there but that’s hardly a complaint when Pirate Copy have got it nailed and play such uplifting fun punk rock music.
There’s a whole host of really great celtic/folk punk bands, The Jack Ratts and Black water County to name just two, down there on the English south coast…AND Cornwall! They unfortunately don’t seem to get away much, must be something to do with that sea air!, but Pirate Copy are crossing the border into England next Friday on June 13th and are heading to London to play a gig at The Enterprise in Camden town. Facebook event details here
so be sure to get yerself down chug back a rum and be prepared for a great night out…
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Get The EP
This is Pirate Copy debut EP ‘The Shape Of Piracy To Come’ –  and even though the boys and gal have made it available for free, if you can afford to chuck em a wee bit of change for it then I’m certain that it’d be greatly appreciated. But as the band say getting it out there is much more important to them, so go right ahead if you’re a bit skint! All you need to do is enter £0.00 when you choose how much to pay!
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