After a quick glance at this 7” jacket, smattered with Fred Perry ensembles and a dedication to a carpenters’ union, I was preparing myself for some run-of-the-mill, American-style oi. Thankfully, this is not the case. Actually, the 45 Adapters (questionable name choice aside) are infinitely more interesting than the bands they’d likely play alongside. Make no mistake, there are elements of gruff street rock present, but it’s clear that these lads also have an ear for Jamaican ska and R&B, and it shines through not only in the music, but also in the production of the record. The recording alone sets this band apart from its peers, which is painfully necessary in a genre that is totally oversaturated and typically invariable. I’d definitely be interested to hear what else these guys have in store.
–Dave William (Longshot/Contra)