Booze & Glory — BACK ON TRACK

Like any other dirty street in any other dirty town

“Please don’t sell out!” reads a baker’s dozen comments under Booze & Glory’s various music videos and it’s easy to see their point. Even easier to dismiss it. B&G‘s instrumental attack shines under this pristine production, allowing the agile, rubbery bassline and ramshackle drumming to build a solid, grooving foundation for the vocalist(s) and guitars to break through. B&G‘s double-time stampede in the verse eventually gives way to the gang-vocal, chant-along regular-time chorus and they’ve written a melody strong enough to withstand the rhythmic shift.

Just a few years ago, the band did an interview with Louder Than War where they admit they’ll never seriously tour due to familial and professional obligations. If they intend to be mere weekend-warriors, they are head-and-shoulders above the rest. However, the focus of their aesthetic, the attention that they pay towards the manner in which they release their material, the media channels in which they choose to engage their audience suggests that this is merely a pose. This bar band wants booze, that much is clear, but it wants the glory too, even if they don’t want to admit it.

While this group heavily leans into long-established skinhead and hardcore imagery, however by juxtaposing evocative lyricism, a clear, nuanced perspective and sharp melodicism B&G pays more than a passing tribute to regionally-minded country music and transcends the rigid confines of the Oi genre. Speaking of which, their region is a difficult one to pin down, with members hailing from Poland, Greece and Italy but being based in London, this group tends to focus on the commonalities they find with each other. Occasionally this skews on the generic but on this track, and, many others they strive for the kind of working-class universalism that made the Oi genre a worthwhile listen in the 70s. Booze & Glory make a strong case for the genre’s continued relevance in 2017. They know who they are and who they’re singing for and they can do it with more panache than their competitors.

Huge shout-out to whoever mixed this track. Well done.

RIYL: The Hold Steady — Boys And Girls In America, Swingin’ Utterscrying, making other people cry