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Fights And Fires/Idle Class – Split 7inch

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A couple of weeks ago I went to an all-day skate punk show here in Luxembourg and out of the many bands playing, there was one act that stood out to me: the German formation Idle Class. Me being me I couldn’t help but chat them up and ask if they had anything coming up in the release department, which is when I learned that they were about to release a split EP with the English hardcore punkers of Fights And Fires. Even though I’m not a huge fan of split releases, I simply couldn’t pass up on the occasion, so let’s give the Split 7inch a shot, shall we?

I’ll start the review of the four tracks, two per band, in reverse order with Idle Class since they were the ones that drew me here in the first place. The quintet plays a kind of punk rock with a more dreamy and technical approach, while still maintaining the lightheartedness that is typical in the genre. Both songs are mostly fast-paced but regularly jump into mid-tempo parts that give you a little time to catch your breath, which is exactly what makes their approach so interesting: there is never a moment where you’re out of the song, yet it doesn’t get repetitive at any point in time. The dual vocals are also a nice little touch that gives their music an additional layer of depth and actually resembles melodic hardcore in some passages.

Moving on to Fights And Fires. What can I say? The five blokes have not lost their trademark sound and deliver hard punches, wrapped in a good mood boxing glove. Too metaphorical? Yeah, thought so: F&F simply knows how to make the crowds dance with their incessantly hard-hitting hardcore punk, while still making their listeners feel happy inside due to their melodic goodness. Even though I have to admit that the vocals do take a few minutes to get used to, or at least that was the case for me, I can honestly say that I can’t imagine the songs without the singer’s wacky screams.

As I mentioned above, I don’t really like split EPs, and the reason is usually the same as it is with this one: they always leave me craving for more. However, these fourteen minutes will whet your appetite enough for the, as far as I know, planned full length records of both bands…so be sure to give them a shot! You can find more information on the Facebook pages of Fights And Fires and Idle Class! And below you can listen to a song of each band, before the official release on October 10th!

Stillbust – 77 For You (57 For Me)

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In the past few months I’ve listened to and reviewed quite a lot of punk records. Punk of almost every kind: pop punk, hardcore punk, punk rock and so on…to be quite honest, I was quite over-saturated at one point and declined a handful of review requests, simply because I needed a break from the genre. However, when I got my hands on Stillbust‘s debut EP 77 For You (57 For Me), I felt compelled to write the following paragraphs…that’s how fresh their sound was, and still is, to me!

Now, you might wonder what is so special about the music the four blokes make? Well, they are definitely in the hardcore punk, with a very strong emphasis on hardcore, area of the musical sphere but they bring a sense of complete chaos with them. In some instances I heard some mathcore resemblances, with crazy riff structures and erratic balls-to-the-walls drumming. In another instance, on the last song, you get a screamo vibe hitting you hard, just before jumping into a blast-beat filled barrage of sound to end the nineteen minute ride! Pure ecstasy!

The vocal front is covered by two sing-…screaming maniacs! One is taking care of the deeper screams while the other one goes from mid- to high-range screams with occasional screeching thrown in for good measure. Seriously, when I called them crazy, I was not exaggerating: especially the latter vocalist gave it his all, and it can absolutely be noticed throughout the four tracks.

Another decisive factor actually only hit me as I was doing a bit of research about the Englishmen…they love to have fun. Not only does their Facebook page feature a list of random and genuinely funny accomplishments, they also prove their sense of humor in the track names. One of which will make this paragraph look really big, even though I’ll just copy-paste the title: I’ve Never Been More Happy To Have A Hypo (However This Could Mean I Have Irreparable Knee Damage)! Neat, huh?

Stillbust brings a fresh combination of styles to the table, that I haven’t experienced in the past, and I can readily recommend giving them a shot! Their EP can be bought for quite cheap on their Bandcamp below and as a closing statement I’ll say that it’s about time that point number eleven on their list gets erased…third time’s a charm!

Golden Tanks – R.D.H.B.

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Ever heard of the band Every Time I Die? Like them? Read on then, because Golden Tanks will be right up your alley! The four guys from Reading recently released their EP R.D.H.B., which demonstrates hardcore punk at its best!

The guitars relentlessly throw riff after riff at you and leave you almost no chance to breathe, while the drums batter down everything in their way. The symbiosis between the two instruments is at an excellent level and it never sounds off when the faster parts kick in during the five tracks.

The thing that strikes me the most during the fourteen minutes though is definitely the vocalist, who sounds very similar to Keith Buckly of ETID in certain passages with his pitch-changing screams, with his flawlessly executed performance.

In conclusion I’d say that Golden Tanks do not reinvent the wheel but they keep it spinning at an extremely fast pace. And I’m positive that they will not be forgotten very quickly, if they keep up the same level! You can find more info on their Facebook page and to make things even better: you can download the entire EP for free on their Bandcamp below! Enjoy!