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BOLSHY – ‘Reap the Storm’ Album Review

BOLSHY – Reap The Storm

bolshyLiverpool based band Bolshy have announced that their new album, Reap The Storm will be released 18th March 2017 on Riotska, Antipop and No Time (US) Records. Bolshy self-describe as a DIY ska-punk band.

Reap The Storm opens with the single (video – see below) Anthropocence and as the mellow reggae infused track has you reaching for the Jamaica holiday brochures, the brass section kicks in and the dual female vocals come as a pleasant surprise. The lyrics are clever and focused on the health of the planet. There is a sophistication about Bolshy but also a clear DIY vibe and the two combine well to produce a unique variant of the ska-punk genre.

The band speed things up a bit with Heirarchicide where the guitars are more punk in approach at times but the horns and vocals add a flavor that is, again quite unique. Bolshy are quite anarchic at times but it holds together and The Fifth Horseman approaches freeform jazz but launches into an angry chorus and Oi! Style chants before changing direction again (and again!) to keep you on your toes.

On Ignorance Is Strength the reggae gives way to a Gogol Bordello gypsy punk line of attack driven by a cool lead trumpet! Returning to a punkier effort on Party On, I’m reminded at times of Sonic Boom Six (could be the female vocals) but Bolshy are not at all easy to categorize and all the better for that. There are numerous swapping of vocal duties, lead instrument duties and rhythms…they’re good, very good!

They are not afraid to add a track called Interlude with it’s heavy dub ambiance and the title track of the album, is a foot stomper over four minutes in length and a waltz/polka rhythm and great vocal effort. England’s Finest is a ska-song with some more vocal interplay between the male and female vocalists and a rip-snorting chorus.

The album closes with Building Walls where screamed vocals cry out over an anthem like backing. I thoroughly enjoyed this album from start to finish…different yet familiar, tender yet strong, serious yet fun.

All the info you need to get hold of the new Bolshy album is here: http://antipoprecords.co.uk/bolshy-reap-the-storm/

 

 

Bolshy are currently on tour and you can catch them here:

March 18th – Liverpool – Meraki

March 24th – Lancaster – Yorkshire House

March 25th – Northallerton – The Venue

April 20th – Manchester –  Manchester Punk Festival

April 21st – Bradford – 1 in 12 Club

April 29th – Bristol – The Chelsea Inn

April 30th – Conwy – Comrade’s Club

April 31st – Nottingham – TBC

May 20th – Oldham – Bank Top Tavern

May 21st – Sheffield – The Lughole

Sep 1st – Llangollen – The Sun Inn

Sep 15th-17th – The Old Saw Mill Garden Party

Sep 22nd-25th – Tattershall – Equinox Festival

 

Check out the band here: http://www.bolshy.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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