Hub City Stompers - ‘Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of Dirty Jersey Years’ (Rebel Sound/Crowd Control Media/Not Dead Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 27 November 2015 03:20

Hub City StompersJust for the most fleeting of moments when I first picked up this release I had it in my head that a certain football club had taken it upon themselves to celebrate their recent ascension to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship by releasing a record. God forbid!


Thankfully it’s the folk of Hub City not Hull City who are doing the stomping here with this twelve track compilation celebrating the career to date of Hub City Stompers, a seven piece ska punk outfit from New Brunswick, NJ.


‘Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of the Dirty Jersey Years’ includes tracks from their ‘Dirty Jersey’ and ‘Blood, Sweat, and Beers’ albums (released in 2006 and 2004 respectively) as well as some cuts from their ‘Mass Appeal’ EP (released in 2005) and if like me you’ve never heard the band prior to this release it is pretty much a crash course in the band’s high energy brand of ska punk.


I tend to find this kind of punk either gets me dancing away like an idiot or have me rolling my eyes in the back of my head and tutting away like some middle aged prude, this normally being driven by the lyrical stance taken by the band, and Hub City Stompers kind of have me doing both, which is never an easy position to find yourself in.


Take ‘Johnny Date Rate’ for example, this is one hell of a rocking skank, a track that is straight out the traps driven by a riff that is straight out of the very best Two Tone tracks, but put this up against the more punky and obviously tongue in cheek ‘Fuck You, You’re Irish’ and to me it totally dilutes the impact of the former. Plus (and I suppose this sounds rich coming from me) the OTT use of swearing in tracks like ‘Chatterbox’ and ‘Leave Me The Fuck Alone’ just leaves me wishing the PMRC had perhaps had their way after all. I’m joking of course that would never be a good place for us to be in and there are enough crackers contained here (‘Mass Appeal’, ‘WTFIU’ and ‘Skinhead Boi’ to name but three) to make me put these small gripes to one side, because overall this is still a really decent feelgood album. It’s just not up there with the likes of Jaya The Cat, the true guvnors of this genre…..


‘Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of the Dirty Jersey Years’ is available now on the following pressings: 150 x white riot vinyl (Rebel Sound), 150 x green goblin vinyl (Not Dead Records), 150 x clear vinyl (Crowd Control Media) and 50 x classic black vinyl.


To pick up your copy of 'Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of Dirty Jersey Years' - CLICK HERE