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THE SWINDELLS – ‘Oaf Rock’ Review

swindellsThe Swindells from Leeds have been on the punk rock scene for about 7 years and have supported punk rock legends such as The Damned, U.K. Subs and the Angelic Upstarts. On December 12th, they will be on the bill with Sham 69 at Brudenell Social Club in their hometown. The band released it’s first album ‘This is Leeds’ in 2010 and it sold out! In the summer, the group self financed their latest release, ‘Oaf Rock’ and it’s 13 tracks of solid punk rock make for an enjoyable listen. The approach may be D.I.Y. but the result is some strong punk anthems.

The songs are powerful with the dual vocalist approach bring to mind The Restarts. Opening with ‘She’s so Nice’ that just knocks your brain into top gear as the group vocals laid over a brilliant punk riff demand that you engage – it has a Toy Dolls feel lyrically but a very different sound to Olga and the boys.

‘All our Yesterdays’ powers into a strong sing-along chorus and the track would not sound out of place on a Dropkick Murphys album. ‘Prince of Wales’ covers a night out in a fast and furious style. As the album enters half way, the song Drive is a slab of punk muscle that tempts the listener to mosh around the room…great song, tight and some terrific guitar work (as there is throughout the album) and a vocal treatment in the GBH style.

The other stand out track for me is ‘The George’ a song that kicks off with a Big Country guitar lick and launches into a song about the local pub (why not?)

The Swindells do not claim to be changing the world or even changing the world of music but they do intend to put out powerful three chord anthems and they do it very well.

Stumpy – Punk Online


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