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THE APPARENTS – ‘Singin’ Songs & Righting Wrongs’ Album Review

THE APPARENTS – Singin’ Songs & Righting Wrongs

The ApparentsHeadquartered in Ayrshire, Scotland, The Apparents serve up some refreshed UK82 punk/Oi and their new album Singin’ Songs & Righting Wrongs contains fourteen tracks of solid punk rock.

The band open with the excellent street punk of Working Never Ends where the melodies sit on top of some pummelling drums and meaty riffs and the vocals enhanced by the backing group singing (the album also includes a radio edit of the song). The Oi-infused Reasons powers along with super guitar work and then the truly terrific The Ballad Of Jeremy Hunt is a 4-Skins like protest ditty attacking the despicable Tory minister with a singalong chant that leaves nothing to the imagination!

The Apparents use the punk rock platform to attack a variety of subjects and the class-war anthem, Paper IQ is a searing, melodic critique of university graduates whereas Idolize Me channels the UK Subs to protest about the treatment of outsiders. On Social Mediocrity, the band continue to showcase their knack of punching out a powerful punk rock song with hooks and melody evident throughout and Parasitic Family demonstrates a bluesy approach supporting anti-monarchy lyrics.

The four-minute plus Simple Days brings a reggae/ska approach to nostalgic lyrics looking back on pre-internet entertainment with a Cock Sparrer ‘sing it on the terraces’ chorus and Joe Public punches things up with a head-banging beat with an attack on the banality of the media and celebrity worship culture. The protest songs take a breather for the “lads on holiday” Oi anthem, The Lads Are Off To Tenerifey before things get back to the politics with the bass driven, Dead Kennedys guitar sounds of Political Cheat and channel some early Exploited on Never Look Back.

With another four-minute plus effort, Nothing Is Set In Stone, is a stomping Oi! style anthem with hints of Sham 69 and The Business and leads to the penultimate song, Shadows On The Wall where The Apparents up the pace and deliver a spiralling, cascading punk rocker that drives on whilst attacking the Trumpster!

The album concludes with Banker’s Piracy where bass licks and serrated guitars usher in an expansive punk/Oi song that takes on the (W)Bankers who destroyed the working class whilst enriching themselves. The song is a fitting end to an in your face punk album well played, well recorded and as authentic as hell.

Get your copy of Singin’ Songs & Righting Wrongs  by The Apparents here: https://theapparents.bandcamp.com/