HARRINGTON SAINTS: Bettin’ on a Longshot: The Singles Collection: CD

May 30, 2014

I could talk all day about the politics of oi and streetpunk bands. While one of the keystones of the genre has always been taking pride in representing the working class, the complexity of who the working class is and what they want has never been clear from the bands that represent the scene. As a result, I have always thought of oi and streetpunk bands as falling into two camps: those who might side with actual working-class, union strikers, and those who could be found at a Buffalo Wild Wings, watching mixed martial arts. For my money, Harrington Saints are not terribly exciting. There are a lot of lyrics about shining boots, fighting, and even a song called “Machine Guns and Molotovs,” which claims, “These are the tools of my trade.” I could list a dozen oi bands that I love. You can have Harrington Saints. 

 –John Mule (Pirates Press)