RAMzine Issue 2 - Apr. 2015 - Page 15

Reviews The Real McKenzies Rats in the Burlap Fat Wreck Chords If you want to get Celtic Punk, there are two things you need. One, some great punk rock songs and two, a strong liver. While we aren’t in a position to comment on the state of The Real Mckenzies livers, ‘Rats in the Burlup’ certainly suggests they’ve got the songs down to a tee. Opening with the bagpipe heavy ‘Who Saw the 42nd’, it doesn’t take long for you to figure out where you are with this album. Fans of the Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly should pay attention, because this is one for you. The fun time continues on ‘Up on a Motorbike’ right through to the bizarre ‘Bootsy the Haggis-Eating Cake’. This is music meant to be sung along to and drunk along with and it ticks all those boxes. If you were being picky you could point at the fact there is nothing here we haven’t heard before and you would probably be right. However, it is hard to care that much. As you bounce along to ‘Lilacs in the Alleyway’ you would have to be in a really bad mood to stop and complain that this wasn’t particularly original. You’d just be ruining the party. As ‘Dead or Alive’ sees you out, enticing you to raise your glass to the air and scream along at the top of your lungs, it is clear that The Real Mckenzies have achieved exactly what they wanted to. They’ve written fourteen tracks of punk rock which is just dying for you to have a good time with it and unless you’ve got a heart of stone, there is a pretty good chance that’s exactly what you’ll do. Stuart Iversen The Dirty Youth Gold Dust Transcend Music (11th May 2015) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, in this day and age many different sub genres of music are appearing and staking claim. Inspiration from all styles of music and generations are turning talent into unstoppable production machines. Now everyone has their most beloved genre, a style that hits home every time but the big music debate is always a strong and enthusiastic conversation for many. So, who do you think would win a fight between; Electronica, punk rock and Katy Perry? I’ll tell you who. The Dirty Youth. With some incredibly bouncy synth, head bopping riffs and jaw dropping vocals, The Dirty Youth’s new album ‘Gold Dust’ should be the new soundtrack to all you mosh/dance/party freaks out there. Monday 11th of May will see ‘Gold Dust’ making its way into your airwaves via Transcend Music. Made up from Danni Monroe (vocals), Matt Bond (Guiatar/Keys), Luke Padfield (Guitar), Leon Watkins (Bass) and Freddie Green (Drums) these energetic and extremely engaging Welsh rockers have already enjoyed success touring the UK and Europe with the likes of Korn, The Rasmus , Heavens Basement and Reckless Love. Their debut album ‘Red Light Fix’ racked up extensive praise from the media, and was just the start of what is going to be an exciting time in music. Just a few more accolades include multiple Download festival appearances, seven million You Tube views and the incredible honour of playing alongside Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney at Hyde Park! - Jaw dropping From start to end The Dirty Youth bring an aggressive but rhythmic sound opening with ‘I’m not listening to you’. Next up on the album is ‘Alive’ a track that makes my hairs stand to attention as I imagine hearing it as the backing music to a high budget Sci-Fi movie with explosions, A.I, Space suits, heartbreak and a not so happy but very powerful ending. Their current single ‘The One’ showcases the quality and flexibility they bring to the table, executing with near perfection as it gains widespread airplay. ‘Bedroom Karate’ booms with confidence that I can see many fans choosing as their anthem. Be sure to catch The Dirty Youth this May 2015 as the main support to INME across the UK! Adam Hemmings 15