ROADSIDE BOMBS: War on Love: 7”

For the record, this is my first time listening to Roadside Bombs even though they’ve been around since 2005. Everything I see on the internet classifies them as an oi band, but I just don’t hear it. While it’s completely possible that their previous material was much closer to the blue collar genre, that’s not what I’m reviewing here. What I get from this single is a bit of The Dwarves, Descendents, some Cobra Skulls, and yes—Cock Sparrer. It’s the noodley guitar solos; that’s where the bit of oi comes in. There’s this part in the title track where the singer belts out, “I’ve been around the world so ma-n-y times” and all I want to do is loop that over and over. The lead singer’s voice is incredibly full and powerful that it’s such a pleasure to listen to. Coming round on spin three or four is where I truly start to appreciate the dual guitars and how well they yin-yang each other. Their bass is tuned deep and rich, which could make it easily blend into the background, but it certainly does not. This is a record I really want to listen to with headphones on. It’s equal parts power pop, oi, street punk, and rock’n’roll. And, fuck, that drummer rips. I haven’t even mentioned that the titular track is about gay rights and acceptance. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better! Plus the cover art is a rad image of Batman and Superman smooching, which reminds me of Jason Buckley’s (Every Time I Die) “Make America Gay Again” T-shirt of Iron Man and Captain America making out. I love everything about this. –Kayla Greet (Pirates Press)