COCKSPARRER: Here We Stand: CD

At this point in their career, one that spans four (!) decades, Cocksparrer could probably turn a jingle for roof tarps into an anthem for the ages. Their first studio album in quite a while is no less solid than those that precede it—up to the rafters in solid punk tuneage sick with hooks and delivered like only they know how, managing to sound both informed by years of slogging it out yet totally relevant and fully aware that “it’s much the same/a different generation with a brand new name.” Truly unprecedented it is that a band this long in the tooth has remained so consistently good and continued to write and release batch after batch of bonafide classics. Here’s hoping they carry on with the same quality and chutzpah well into the next decade.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)