The first publishing from long time punk site punkonline.co.uk came across my desk. It was a great read packed with a large amount of info from the pioneers of anarcho punk. This book consists of interviews with the bands covering their founding andbthe road to these seminal debut albums such as Crass’s Feeding of the 5000 and Subhumans day the country died. It was freaking great. 20 years ago when I got into punk those were 2 of my first albums. It also covers Zounds and Icons of Filth. The book is fairly cheap or free to read on Kindle unlimited. So get a fucking copy already and read it. Also do be kind enough to review it on Amazon. It means a lot to the author and bands who put this time capsule together for us.
The Old-Timers are a JCHC (Jesus Christ Hard Core) band outta Cape Town, South Africa. You bet they’ve got punk rock there! They currently have 2 eps and one full length. This will be a comprehensive review of each of those releases so you readers out there can get to know a band that rocks even if you’re not slam dancing with Jesus.
Their first release was the Punk’s Not Dead, Nor Are We ep Which came out in 2011. From the get go these guys rock like a blend of UK 82 punk like Subhumans, Exploited, G.B.H. and older JCHC bands like Crashdog and Officer Negative. The title track on this one is the stand out. Though the entire offering is a hard core kick in the teeth that today’s weak sauce scene needs.
Next we see the full length SOLI DEO GLORIA (translated is glory to God). This arrived in 2012 as their first release on Thumper Punk Records. This album saw the single This City. Which was also featured on the JCHC comp Punk For The Gospel. The stand out here is a tie between the single and Posi Isn’t Enough. A track that goes into the idea that all the Posi-Core scene has a great idea, but they still lack something. I’ve personally noticed that some of them don’t quite yell “I’m this!” Being their ideas are pretty much JCHC anyways. But as Christian has long been a taboo in punk rock, it does get a bit difficult for the Posi kids.
The most recent release from these guys having come out last year is Spiritus Sanctus (translated Holy Spirit). The Old-Timers are at the top of their game here. Stand out is Mammon. Simply saying you can only serve one God. No one can serve 2 masters without splitting themselves in a negative way. Peppered thru out their songs are spoken parts that include praises, prayers, Bible verses, shout outs and theological ideas. Even for the punx who don’t think much of faith, this is some great rockin’ hard core. Check their bandcamp to hear and purchase their tunes.