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RUSSIAN GIRLFRIENDS – ‘All Around’ Album Review


Russian GirlfriendsDue for release on Friday, 1st September 2017 via Gunner Records, melodic-punks, Russian Girlfriends have scheduled a re-release of their debut album, All Around.

Originally self-released by the band in 2015 the Albuquerque, New Mexico, these punkers have embarked on five tours across the United States, sharing the stage with bands like Red City Radio, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bomb Pops, and PEARS.

The 11-track album opens with Theme From Stripes where the extended intro launches into a raucous and very fast punk rock tune full of strong hooks and melody. A Rollerskating Jam Named Regret is a melody infused rocker with a nod to Gaslight Anthem and a double nod to the Oi! genre with a singalong chorus. Third up is Bones Of A Saint with a strong drumbeat and beguiling guitar leading to the vocals that build upon the previous track with melody, power and just a hint of the Americana that the band infuse into their songwriting.

On Anxiety Attack things get chunky and heat up a bit with some power chords and almost metal feel to the sound – I really enjoyed this one as a head-banging treat. The guitar is prominent again on A New Sense Of Self where the Russian Girlfriends try a little bit of hardcore with their skate-punk and it creates a great verse/chorus juxtaposition.

At the half-way point, the slow power chords of The Biggest Lie are full on Black Sabbath in approach before the band just hit the accelerator hard and propel the track to hardcore heaven…phew! Comanche Moon maintains the pace in a ‘Fugazi meets Black Flag’ type a way with serrated edges meeting sharp licks and it is followed by Hey Jealousy…Again where the gravel throated vocals channel AC DC on speed!

The superbly titled, I Prefer Pitbulls To People is a romp with the bands signature, quiet-loud/slow-fast combos working to create a rock and roll cracker of a track. Second to last is Tad Kubler where I was again reminded of a punk-rock Springsteen with melody, power and a gritty edge are all prominent. The excellent album ends with Terrible Twos with an anthem like vibe mixing Green Day with Tom Petty! Russian Girlfriends are full to the brim with melody and power-hooks and this is a great album if you lean towards melodic punk rock with a skate/Fat sound.

The band will be heading to the UK and EU this autumn on a DIY tour – Dates TBA.

All Around is available on Limited Edition Red 12inch vinyl, Limited Edition Clear-Silkscreenvinyl and CD through this link http://shop.gunnerrecords.com/