[27 March 2014]
So okay, pub rock can be fun. With its shout-along choruses, hummable melodies and short, snappy songs, this British precursor of punk can be rollicking good time when downing a pint or six. Skinheads Booze & Glory are certainly true believers, and their latest full-length As Bold As Brass incorporates all those elements, and not much else, into its twelve tracks. Guitar solos – or any other kind – are few and far between, but there are plenty of declarations of brotherhood and self-reliance, mainly of the “fuck you, piss off” variety. Opener “Off We Go!” sets the pattern and there’s not a great deal of variation to the uptempo chest-thumping, built as it is on forward-charging guitar riffs and bolstered with a rhythm section that enjoys hitting things very hard with sticks. There is some variety: “Waiting for Tomorrow” strikes an introspective note about growing up in a rough neighborhood, “Sick of You” is a sweet kissoff to Maggie Thatcher, while “Julie” is the mandatory cautionary tale about a girl who’ll you do wrong, mate. It’s not very interesting, but it probably sounds great when you’re drowning in Newcastle Brown Ale.