BOILS, THE: The Ripping Waters: CDEP

I’m not really sure how or when pirates invaded oi, but I’ve been noticing a trend of pirate-influenced songs in some of the latest oi releases. And I don’t know why I like it, but I like it. Why not? Isn’t it better to sing along to a pirate song than to sing along to, say, some geeky kid’s heartbreak, or to sing along with a dozen consecutive unity songs? This new EP by The Boils grabs the pirate theme and rocks with it. There are five songs, not all of them pirate tunes, but all of them are fast, growling, straight-ahead oi songs that are vocally similar to the Stiff Little Fingers (which is never a bad thing when it’s done well, and it’s done well here) and musically in the vein of The Business’s live show (meaning it has all the energy and rockin’ anthems, but none of The Business’s questionable, slow-down-and-clean-everything-up production values).

 –sean (Thorpe)