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THE RAMONAS – ‘You Asked For It’ E.P. Review

THE RAMONAS – ‘You Asked For It’

the-ramonas-you-asked-for-itThe Ramonas are the world’s best-known all-female Ramones tribute band and have been touring the UK, Europe and America since 2008. Their intense, high-energy live shows have earned them a loyal fan base, huge online presence and regular slots at the legendary Rebellion Punk Festival, Isle of Wight Festival and Wickerman Festival. They’ve also been joined on stage by Richie Ramone, supported punk veterans U.K Subs and headlined Jesse Hughes’ (Eagles of Death Metal/ Boots Electric) night at the Viper Rooms in L.A.

After years of fans asking for original Ramonas material the girls are ready to launch their heavily anticipated debut EP ‘YOU ASKED FOR IT’. The release includes their debut single ‘Speak Up’ that has received rave reviews from across the world.

Punk Online recently caught up with The Ramonas when they announced their debut single ‘Speak Up’ (read our interview here) and they told us “the EP is really for us to test the water and see how people respond. We’re planning to release a full album next year along with another single.” The bands own material has been long awaited by their many followers and we at Punk Online were just as intrigued to see if they could deliver their own material.

‘You Asked For It’ opens with the aforementioned single ‘Speak Up’ which is a hell-raising anthem with a chorus you can’t help but join in with. The vocals are strong and clear and the guitar/drum work is tight and fast, it’s a classic punk song interluded with backing harmonies, a shift in speed half way through before the inevitable crescendo. Good start eh?

Nest up is ‘Money’ which I’m guessing is a dig at bands who are only in it for the, erm, money. “Oh honey, I’m not being funny, I’m just here for the money – There’s no doubt, I’m selling out, I’m just here for the money”. Again, it’s melodic with a great bass rhythm throughout and the easy to join in with chorus. ‘Hard and Fast at 69’  and ‘V.O.I.D’ are both bass heavy, slightly slower and ever so slightly darker numbers but still offer great punk riffs and harmonies. The E.P. ends with ‘Zombie Crawl’ which opens with that bass guitar again before the profanities start and signals another excellent punk rock song.

The Ramonas can obviously play at breakneck speed whilst maintaining catchy tunes, well just like the band they have modeled themselves upon. ‘You Asked For It’ is an E.P. worthy of a band who have been writing their own material for many a year. If the aforementioned album does come along next year it will be interesting to see if the band can show a complete compliment of punk music but if it’s still short and fast I’m sure their growing army of fans will still be delighted.

 

TRACK LISTING

  1. SPEAK UP
  2. MONEY
  3. HARD & FAST AT 69
  4. V.O.I.D
  5. ZOMBIE CRAWL

 

Physical copies available at http://ramonas.bigcartel.com/

Download via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/you-asked-for-it-ep/id1166674029

 

The Ramonas are:

Lisa Breyer (Vocals)

Zoe Waugh (Guitar/ Backing Vocals)

Victoria Smith (Bass / Backing Vocals)

Camille Phillips (Drums)

 

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