PRESS, THE: The Compete Press—1984-1994: CD

May 26, 2008

I’ve got to admit that, although I do consider myself a fan of “oi” punk (though the reviews I write may not always reflect that), I’ve never heard The Press. I’ve been missing out for a lot of years! As the title states, this is a retrospective disc, and right from the start, it rocks in the same vein as Cock Sparrer, Sham, and the like. Simple and catchy, I found myself humming and singing along almost instantly. Even the obligatory ska track is good! I have no idea if their claim of being “America’s first Oi band” is true or not, but they’re great and it’s easy to see how they’d be influential on plenty of today’s bands.

 –ty (Insurgence)