I find it more and more difficult to come accross punk bands which sport the punk genre in a legitimate sense. However, recently, my ears have been rewarded with some of the scarce spoils in which rarely become available to a dedicated browser like myself. The album â€˜Pick it upâ€™ by â€˜The Sovereignsâ€™, resurrects the late 1980â€™s/early 1990â€™s version of ska-punk that many believe to have died long ago. Hysterical drum beats (with a tempo range between relatively fast to extremely rapid), catchy brass sections, walking bass lines and power chords strummed from a fanatically distorted guitar help to ensure that all of the desired boxes are ticked. These aspects then conglomerate to form a sound similar to that of Anti-flag, NOFX and Reel Big Fish. Additionally, the bands vocalist portals politically motivated and humorous lyrics through a rough and husky voice – while he also manages to stay in key. This deems the Sovereignâ€™s music worthy of a wider audience and saves them from being restricted to only those of the traditional punk scene.
The opening song â€˜Pick it up (and run)â€™ offers a short and simplistic introduction to the album, while a lesser focus on vocals helps to embellish the technical abilities of the bands remaining instrumentalists. When looking for a new band to listen to, I normally base my judgment on the first song of an album. I believe that this should be used as a device in both setting an overall mood and creating a basis for assessing the albums worth. This song certainly exhibits both of these aspects, while it also captures the audienceâ€™s attention with minimalistic and catchy melodies. Other songs in which deserve a special mention include: â€˜Sex and Modern Drugsâ€™ and â€˜Pirate Mutinyâ€™. In my view, these are the catchiest and most polished songs on the album. â€˜Sex and Modern Drugsâ€™ best conveys the musical characteristics expressed earlier, while â€˜Pirate Mutinyâ€™ provides a â€˜slightly cleanerâ€™ and contrasting midway break. This is accomplished through slow and mellow verses and a respectable â€˜sax break- downâ€™.
This album is a must-have for all punk fans and those who dabble in this genre from time to time.
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- Written by Gav
- Published on December 8, 2010