If you cut Rage DC in half then you would be able to see the words "PUNK TO THE BONE '77" written throughout their musical beings. They are a no nonsense outfit who play hard and fast, give 100% both on and off the stage and are as genuine as they are likeable.
I have a couple of well worn Rage DC CD's (purchased at their gigs) but not my usual haul of t-shirts/mugs/badges etc. Probably down to their lack of spare time and their commitment to the live shows. And then, all of a sudden there came the announcement of a new album - not only that it was going to be on vinyl - not only that it was available in white, it was also the first album on a new label. I was dribbling, probably cos I was a bit pissed, after all it was a midweek night and it was lockdown, and I was genuinely excited, it was purchased.
When the aforementioned dropped onto the mat I was quick to grab hold and slip it on. From the razor sharp initial blast of '21st Century' to the excellent finale of 'What If' and all of the tracks in between, it is an unapologetically high energy punk rock album. The lyrics are modern day observations on the inequalities and failings in society and government intermingled with youthful rememberings, add to that buzz saw riffs, throbbing baselines and caustic vocals, with call and response choruses and you are Punk to the Bone. Musically on point, good production and after a lot of repeat playings I have not found a track that I would skip.
I was quick to transfer the vinyl onto MP3 so that I could play it loud and lairy in the car, (should probably add in here that the album is also available as a CD). The last time that I got a speeding ticket was whilst listening to a Ramones album, well I'm pretty certain that I will be receiving another citation pretty soon thanks to Punk to the Bone. All of the tracks hit the sweet spot of this old punk, 'Anti Social Media' and 'Disinfected Youth' are currently sweeter than the rest.
Big congrats to Rage DC and Cretin Hop Records for getting this album together and for supplying some of the strong stuff to this punk vinyl junkie. As well as being able to order straight from Cretin Hop you can also find the album stocked at the excellent Sounds of the Suburbs Record Store. The links to the band, the label and the store are below....