Dub War – Dub Warning Mini-LP

Artist: Dub War
Title: Dub Warning
Source: Vinyl 12″ mini-LP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:30:36
Size (mb): 64.5
Label: Words Of Warning (defunct)
Year: 1994

1. Original Murder
2. Crack
3. Psycho System
4. Words of Warning
5. Crack D Dub
6. Dub War

Proving that the M4 isn’t the only good thing to come out of Wales, these Newport boys took all of the punk attitude and influences around them, then smashed them into a pulp with anything else they could lay their hands on. The result? This lovely slab of well-honed noise, intense, gentle, urgent and perfectly unpredictable. They continued to broaden their style as they developed, but I think this releases captures them at their most raw and honest best. And, for a Christian, Benji (vox) has one hell of a devilish voice.

OP’s opinion: Four half

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Noise Against Nazis

In a display of mutual solidarity with my friends in Bristol Antifa, I’ve set up a small (but perfectly formed) distro – Ye Olde Punke Shoppe. I hope to raise a few quid for them while spreading that groovy anti-fascist musical vibe – 100% of all money made from this little venture (after costs) is given to Bristol Antifa.

From old Oi! classics by the likes of The Angelic Upstarts and The Oppressed, to the latest punk sounds of The Fallout and Guerilla, as well as a few well-endowed compilations covering all manner of styles, you should be able to find something to tickle your ears. And, all being well, I’ll be adding to the list over the coming months.

So please take a look and, if you’ve got a bit of cash, pick yourself up a little treat while admiring the sweet irony involved in using the capitalist medium of exchange as a weapon against ’em.

The Dead Shall Walk The Earth

Sometime in the new year, The Amebix will be playing in my living room. Not the real live people that make up the band, obviously, but the DVD that the band are releasing in collaboration with Belfast Records. There’s still just about enough time left to pre-order one. This has the potential to be one hell of a film if this short trailer is anything to go by. The band will also be touring in the new year, the first time in over 20 years by my reckoning. They’re doing the States in January and (hopefully) a UK and European leg in the spring. I’m not usually one for trips down memory lane (I’ve got some pretty mental memories), but I’ll make an exception in this case. When they pass through town, you’ll find me down the front with my head in the bass bin and a gallon of rough on my lips. There may even be a bag of glue involved. Come and join me.

Turn On, Tune In, Fuck Shit Up!

Broadcast ZeroYesterday, You Could Change The World
Rebel Time Records

So here’s part deux of my triple bill review of some rather marvellous Canadian punk rock. It’s a little delayed, owing to other stuff going on in the real world, but don’t let my slackness put you off of buying this disc as soon as is humanly possible.

‘Yesterday, You Could Change The World’ is the debut release on Rebel Time Records, and it sets a mighty high benchmark for those that are to follow. Broadcast Zero are classic tofu-and-two-veg punk rock, the kind that creates an instant feeling of comfort and familiarity as it floods into every synapse you possess. Brick-solid riffs, razor-sharp bass, muscle-punching rhythms and vox that demand attention RIGHT FUCKIN’ NOW blend effortlessly together. It’s a solid no-nonsense balls-out streetpunk n’ roll beat. The sound is the perfect foil for the words, the socially-aware-but-don’t-forget-the-fun kind of punk intelligence that shows Rancid up for the playschool fakers they are. I’m not dissing the band by saying there’s a definite Rancid flavour (ha ha) to the sound – I love that old-school style but I fuckin’ hate the whole corporate bollocks that they’ve bought into, and to hear a band like BZ bring it back to the real punks puts a shit-eating grin on my face.

There’s not a duff track on this, every one is a classic. If I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be ‘My Body’. I’ve never heard a song that addresses sexual abuse in such an upfront no-bullshit way. ‘Self-defence is no offence’ is more than just a slogan in BZ’s worldview.

I challenge any one of you to get through this CD without punching the air lots, contorting your face into a vein-popping diabolic shade of red, hollering along with the band in a brothers-and-sisters-in-arms kinda way and resolving to revolt at every opportunity that crosses your path.

OP’s opinion: Five

Download sample track – ‘Revolution’

PS: to Malisha and anyone else who’s gotten a bit worried by my absence – thanks for hanging in there.