NOI!SE: Walk Beside Us: 7"

Jul 21, 2011

I was a bit wary of this one due to its inane cover. It’s a drawing of a skinhead mad-dogging me betwixt two American flags and a bald eagle backdrop. I’m not too down with the thanking of “the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy” either. Yet it turned out to be quality, stomping oi with lyrics that thankfully avoid such jingoism. Most songs call out pathetic people who refuse to take responsibility for themselves. Here’s an example with some lyrics from the song “Blame”: “Nothing ever is your fault/Pointing fingers until you claim your bullshit victory by default/And then when all of your days are through/You’ll sit by yourself alone/Pretending there was nothing you could do”.This theme is continued with another song on the album. It’s clearly something that the band was dealing with in their community. Backing the songs that confront this behavior are songs about standing up and putting up a fight with your friends for the life you want. Between you and me, this is a keeper. Now I’m going to hide it because my anarchist girlfriend is coming over.

 –Craven (Longshot Music)