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LEAGUE OF PITY – ‘Outrage!’ Album Review


League of PityNew York Punks, League of Pity have recently released a great album. The opening track Illegal Alien is a cascading roller coaster of a punk rock track with the rhythm section driving along a 150 mph delivery.

The band has a DIY rawness and freshness and this hook driven power chords of How’s Your Mother blend with a sixties psychedelic vocal to remind me a little of Wire or even a melodic Fall.

The title track, Outrage has an Undertones meets the Sex Pistols/The Clash sound with a great riff throughout and the hooks to the solar plexus are relentless. Zip It Hippie is much faster with strange lyrics and a 12 bar blues on steroids approach.

The ten tracks clock in at 28 minutes in total but More Lies is almost five minutes in length and the dirty guitars and vocals touch on Joy Division in sound before Just Go Away drives along with chunky chords, mid-paced drums and rhythmic vocals all creating a post-punk atmosphere.

The straight up punk rock of Free Stuff is a clever juxtaposition to the earlier post-punk vibe and is followed by the pacey My Left Leg with some absurd lyrics that are great fun!

The penultimate effort on this album is Fascist College with Dead Kennedys pace and 87 seconds of punk rock mayhem. The album closes with Down, Down, Down with a garage punk sound matching vocals reminiscent of The Byrds and chords reminiscent of The Offspring – it makes for an exciting blend and a very strong album.

Outrage! by League of Pity is available on iTunes, Amazon or here



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