RIPCORDZ: The Vinyl Countdown: 2 x LP

Nov 22, 2017

There are many, many amazing punk rock bands from Canada, but are there any bands that are as intrinsically Canadian as Montreal’s Ripcordz? I don’t think so. For almost forty years Paul Gott and his sometimes revolving lineup of musicians have criss-crossed the country playing halls, bars, basements, and garages influencing generations of Canadian punks to get out there and do their own thing. This beautiful double album both serves as a “greatest hits” package (with fifteen albums to date, there is a lot to choose from) and a showcase for a handful of new or previously unreleased tracks. There is also a great retrospective booklet with about a million photos from their many tours and a CD copy of a Christmas album they put together a few years ago. You can’t go wrong! Those of you who don’t reside north of the forty-ninth parallel may not be aware of the Ripcordz (they have only played outside of Canada a handful of times, including once at the legendary CBGB’s), but I can’t recommend them enough. Huge singalong songs, sometimes political, sometimes funny, but always guaranteed to get you dancing around the pit with a smile on your face. This package is the perfect way to get acquainted, eh? –Ty Stranglehold (En Guard)