Modern Oi is in an ugly place, a sub genre of a sub genre populated by small fish in an even smaller pond trying to grow limbs after three decades of recycled riffs, copied lyrics, and redundant sloganeering. If punk is a corpse then Oi is the distended liver poking out of its abdomen, hanging loose like a nipple to feed the legions of bands that are pushing for opening slots in the last throes of the Warped Tour and Punk Rock Bowling. Maybe someday MTV will come calling again and we’ll have a bigger platform to show off our new bleachers but until that day we’re all just stuck on the wash cycle and lemme’ tell ya, that bleach will make even the sturdiest of denim fall apart if you leave it in too long.
Enter Ultra Razzia, the Mountie Marauders, the Quebecian Killers. Their 2017 demo tape was a trudge through familiar territory, copping the early Blitz singles in all their blown-out glory. It’s an easy path to follow and it’s a lot of fun, but it doesn’t lead anywhere. Luckily their trek through the catacombs of Oi found them cutting through the brush into less traveled terrain, and their first full length finds the band dialing back the distortion and focusing on single string riffs that sound straight out of ‘82, like the Meteors laying down singles for Riot City Records. The drums rarely push faster than mid tempo, but this band provides proof that speed doesn’t always equal intensity because, let’s face it, you can hear armies marching from a mile away and still realize that stomp still means your untimely doom.
American pressing on Foreign Legion Records pressed on forest green, mint green, oxblood, and (of course) purple vinyl. Completely different mix/master/cut and cover art than the European pressing. ABOUT THE COLORS:
The plant pulled several colors to press on and used black and white to stretch out the run. They did not clean the plates between color transitions, so the colors are not clean red/green/etc and each record is somewhat unique. There are different shades of each color within their group, and there are also very few transitional copies that have green and purple, or blue and red.
*** The way Bigcartel sets up the shipping calculator, it is nearly impossible to calculate postage on orders of more than one item shipping to outside of the United States. That means that for orders of certain combinations of format / items, it is necessary to initially overcharge so as to not lose money on shipping. Sorry for this inconvenience but just last week I noticed that as it my shipping was set up, I was losing upwards of $12.00 ea in postage to non US based addresses for SEVERAL orders. For sustainability of the label, that cannot continue happening. What I am getting at, is that if you are overcharged for postage, I will issue a refund of the overpaid amount when I ship out your order. I will be checking every time. ***