|City Saints - 'Kicking Ass For The Working Class' (Rebel Sounds)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:40|
Coming out of Sweden, City Saints peddle a street punk sound that leans heavily on the sounds that did well for bands like the Dropkick Murphys and also mixing it up with some more traditional rock and roll. The title track of 'Kicking Ass For The Working Class' is a rollocking tune that has the rhythm of early DC and even manages a Damned riff here and there but a nicely crafted tune that rushes along and pretty much lays the cards on the table as to where this record is heading. It's predominantly street punk followed by the twelve bar speed-fueled 'Rude Boy Rock And Roll' with lyrics that are from the Oi! handbook 101 namechecking skinheads, braces, doc martins, etc etc - you know the drill. Shame really because the guitar work on this track is fantastic.
To be fair the music on 'Kicking Ass...' is great and the band manage to capture a lot of energy in the playing, but maybe today I'm just not in the mood to hear more songs about being a football hooligan and wearing braces which is a shame because, like I've already said, the music is great.
City Saints veer towards Rancid territory on the rootsy 'This Is My Life' and get down to some boogie woogie on 'Fired Up' which is something of a highlight to be fair and the lyrics are a massive improvement. 'Flame Of Fire' is somewhere between AC/DC attempting to rewrite a Pistols tune which works apart from the bog standard lyrics again. (sorry to go back to the lyrics)
All in all I do like this album and the bass sound is great as is a lot of the guitar playing. Some of the standout tunes are very good and I guess overall it's a decent album. I can live without the whistles on 'Our Town' and the Oirishness on offer but, hey, that's only a part of what this is about.
Lemmy would be proud of the intro on 'City Saints' and why not. Ending the album with an acoustic guitar shows that this band aren't afraid to mix it up and I'm sure that when they stop trying to be all things to all men then they will find their own style and the records will be all the better for it.
I'd still recommend checking it out because there are some very good songs and the fact that there are twelve tunes on offer means that if you don't like one or two then just skip right on by because there is plenty to like here apart from the odd blip and lyrical cliché.