HARRINGTON SAINTS: Dead Broke in the USA: LP

Harrington Saints play fairly generic street punk—which those of us into the subgenre enjoy—regardless of fact that we’ve heard it all before. Replete with oi chants and sing-a-longs, Harrington Saints hail from the Bay Area and are more politically astute than most of the folks who play oi-ish punk. With the recent announcement that the East Coast of Oi! Fest 2010 got canceled due to pressures from anti-speech punks, it’s becoming clear that there’s still an unwarranted hysteria over skin culture. Well-studied musically, the lyrics are what distinguish Harrington Saints, who aren’t afraid to point out the flaws in typical working class politics past and present. Plus, who doesn’t need new lyrics with “work” all over them to sing on the way into headquarters in the morning? This LP is a split release with Contra Records from Germany and comes on lovely colored vinyl.

 –Art Ettinger (Longshot)