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Strictly Punk (vol.14)

Greetings and salutations,

Welcome to another edition of Strictly Punk and in the week of the Reading and Leeds Festival 2012 initial line-up announcement which is where we start…

Reading and Leeds 2012

If you’ve been living under a rock this week the news is the first batch of the top end bands have been announced for Reading and Leeds. The Cure, Kasabian and Foo Fighters will headline come August Bank Holiday Weekend but there are plenty of bands of a punk persuasion further down the bill.

One band not far enough down the bill for me are Paramore. They’re back subbing Reading and Leeds, this time to Goth legends The Cure and that doesn’t sit right with me. In 2010 the band subbed to Blink-182, another chipper pop punk act and even then they struggled in my eyes. I think playing before The Cure is going to fall flat for them and a Cure friendly crowd is unlikely to give the band much time, I foresee yawning and beard stroking. But… I could be wrong and maybe they can defy us all and blow everyone away.

Also playing on the Reading Friday Main Stage are punk poppers You Me At Six as well as Tom DeLonge’s more solemn side project Angels and Airwaves. Saturday’s punk can be found on the second stage as Billy Talent do double festival duty having already signed up for Download in June. Sunday’s Reading Main Stage has another two punk showings with Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem and chirpy pop punkers All Time Low.

Given there’s no Lock-Up Stage yet it’s not looking horrendous for punk bands so far, but as we all know the Lock-Up is our Graceland where many a punk has gotten rickets avoiding the sun for two whole days so we wait with baited breath for that announcement. Expect that in a couple of months.

Anarchy, My Dear – Say Anything

Anarchy, My Dear is the fifth studio album from LA punk rockers Say Anything, released through Equal Vision Records and produced by Tim O’Heir.

Opening track and lead single ‘Burn a Miracle’s jaunty melody is brilliantly juxtaposed to lead singer Max Bemis’ heartfelt vocals.

Iron Maiden have a song called ‘Iron Maiden’, Motorhead have a song called ‘Motorhead’ and Say Anything have a song called… ‘Say Anything’ and it’s the second track and single from Anarchy, My Dear. And it’s not bad if a little broken up and bitty. I’m not sure about the fanfare towards the end…

The album’s title track (as opposed to the band’s title track!) is a slow brooder driven by an almost spoken intro. It makes full use of its near six minute track length with the rest of the band fully coming in just shy of two minutes in. As with ‘Burn a Miracle’ it’s a jaunty number with some literally spat lyrics. Another change of tempo and melody kicks in at 3.15.

I think the title track sums up the whole record really… some good in there, the vocals have some heart, but it seems broken up and not in a good way. I think the band are trying to be more worthy rather than making a record that’s fun or even really that good.

Boston Bans “Moshing”

Mosh pits and slam dancing has made it onto the list of things banned in Bawston in the last week. Following a show from celtic folk punks Flogging Molly back in February where patrons had the audacity to take part in circle pits the city police has decide to crack down on this “dangerous behavior” [sic]. The police said the dancing violated the clubs safety rules, especially with club security not stepping in. I’ve been to some crazy shows and I don’t think security have ever stepped in to stop people dancing, circling, moshing or whatever. They mostly just shine lights on people smoking or girls sat on their boyfriend’s shoulders…

And the timing of this ban, especially in the fair city of Boston, just adds to its ludicrousness. It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and local band The Dropkick Murphys have been known to play the odd show then that can sometimes go a little crazy. Really Boston, you’re meant to be one of the more liberal and progressive cities in the US. Leave all that banning stuff to the mid west.



Author: david

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