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FOREIGN LEGION – ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

FOREIGN LEGION – What Goes Around Comes Around

Foreign LegionForeign Legion formed in 1984 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and released their first EP in 1986. The band have supported many bands over the years such as the UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts, The Alarm, The Adicts, 999, Toy Dolls, Joe Strummer etc. The original band split in 1999 but reformed with a new lineup in 2000 and release a split album with Major Accident as well as What Goes Around Comes Around in 2002.

What Goes Around Comes Around is hailed as the bands most sought after recording produced by The Clash’s Mick Jones. The album has been unavailable for years but Violated Records reissued the album on July 28th.

Foreign Legion continue to play the world’s largest punk festivals to this day including the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, UK every year. The band are currently in the studio recording new material for a 2018 release.

The album opens with Wake Up where a melodic guitar lick leads to a bouncy, accessible, pop-punk track in the vein of The Lurkers with lyrics focused on the bands home town woes. The local focus continues with Valleys Mentality where the powerful bass intro takes off with a shouted “Let’s Go!” and the track is a riff heavy monster of a punk rock song…great stuff! The band channel the Angelic Upstarts on Don’t Ask Me Why with the bass riff prominent throughout and the second wave of UK punk discernible in the sound. Wish You Were Here starts with a manic drumbeat, is joined by some humorous lyrics with an Anti-Nowhere League So What vibe (without the profanity!)  Returning to the local lens with My Town, Foreign Legion up the fun quota with a story about the lack of punks in town with great punk rock backing.

On Another Day the military drum intro and power chords start off the four-minute plus rocker. One of the bands most popular songs is FL – a working class anthem with some excellent guitar work with a terrace-chant chorus. The 11-track album is full of punk melody, power and is a great example of how the genre penetrated towns throughout the UK from the protest punk of Powergames to the heavy dub-reggae of Smiling Assassin, Foreign Legion are as authentic as they come.

The penultimate track on the album is the power-packed Obvious with its slow-fast-slow-fast approach and it sets up the closer. Where’s Johnny Gone? is a crowd pleaser and a mosh-pit inducer with some Stiff Little Fingers meets The Adicts feel replete with sing-along chorus. Foreign Legion have a very positive underground reputation in punk circles and this album shows why.

Get it here: www.violatedrecords.com