ANTI-PASTI: Rise Up: CD/LP

Back in the 1980s, I was a huge fan of Anti-Pasti’s debut album, The Last Call, but didn’t really get into the follow up, Caution in the Wind, and gradually lost interest in what the band was doing. I never would have thought that 2016 would find me listening to a new album by the band, let alone actually enjoying it. A few recent releases from reformed bands have been fairly awful, so I really didn’t know what to expect from Rise Up. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be a good listen. Musical proficiency and a new singer (who has since parted ways with the band) are in evidence and Anti-Pasti has subsequently managed to deliver a solid album. It’s far from breaking new ground but it does a good job of finding a place in today’s punk scene and is lyrically relevant to the world we find ourselves in. –Rich Cocksedge (Westworld, westworldrecordings.co.uk)