Harrington Saints - 1,000 Pounds of Oi! - New LP
"Despite my love of oi and street punk, I had somehow never heard the Bay Area’s Harrington Saints. They’ve been around for a decade already, and 1,000 Pounds of Oi! Is their third full length. I did recognize the familiar voice as soon as the needle hit the groove. Vocalist Darrel Wojick also sings in a side project called Suede Razors, a glam and pub rock band that has released a slew of great singles that I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of years. The mission of Harrington Saints is much more straightforward. As a matter of fact, the name of the record pretty much sums it up.
"If you’re going to call your album 1,000 Pounds of Oi!, it better have a hell of a lot of oi on it. I’m happy to report that it does. You’ll hear classic influences like Cock Sparrer, Cockney Rejects and the Oppressed. The title track opens the record with “They called us thousand pounds of oi!/When we first hit the stage”. These are five good sized boys. They might be up to 1,100 pounds of oi by now! The majority of the record is political. “Red State” and “Fremont Train” take aim squarely at conservative America. As a matter of fact, “State of Emergency”, “Broken Windows”, “Now More Than Ever” and “Rise Up” are all calls to action. Harrington Saints are certainly more left leaning than many of their street punk peers.
"“Pressure” and “Counter Attack (Bread & Roses Pt. 2)” offer more standard oi fare and talk about the struggle of the working man. The only light hearted song, other than maybe the title track, is “Rock-N-Rolla”. Not surprisingly, that’s the one that sounds most like a Suede Razors tune. If passionate, politically charged oi and street punk is your thing, you should definitely check out Harrington Saints. If you’re like me, it will be better late than never. The old school black and white boombox on the cover is pretty cool too. Besides, 1,000 Pounds of Oi!, breaks down to 100 pounds of oi per song. That really is a hell of a lot of oi!" - Tom Trauma (punknewsorg.)
"They called us 1000 Pounds of Oi! when we first hit the stage. No one could have known the fire in our hearts. We play it hard. We play it true. It’s all we wanna do. So, come along and we’ll do it just for you!"
This band couldn’t have led off their new album with a more fitting synopsis of why they’ve been so loved for the last decade. Relentless, they never give up. They never give in. Only their third proper full-length amidst a dozen singles and EP’s, this in-your-face contribution to the world of streetpunk and Oi! is hands-down their finest work to date. Never without a poignant message for the working class, these guys have delivered in prime fashion one of the best Bay Area streetpunk albums released in a long time!
These 10 songs are a pulse-pounding, thought-provoking, scathing critique of the status quo, and an empowering call-to-arms for people to come together as a community and society, to resist against all forms of oppression! An uplifting message to the working class is what fans of Harrington Saints have come to expect and revel in - and with this album, they deliver 1000 POUNDS of it.
1. 1000 lbs. of Oi!
2. Red State
3. Fremont Train
5. State Of Emergency
6. Rock N Rolla
7. Broken Windows
8. Counter Attack
9. Rise Up
10. Now More Than Ever
This release contains a digital download.
During the band's early days, they were constantly referred to as the cream of the new Street Punk and Oi! crop, HARRINGTON SAINTS picked up the banner to lead the charge of the world-wide resurgence of the genre. PRIDE & TRADITION is the second long player by the Bay Area’s premier street punk band. Produced by Lars Frederiksen (Rancid, The Old Firm Casuals), PRIDE & TRADITION contains eleven brand new tracks of anthemic and blistering street rock-n-roll, with lyrics that are insightful, timely and unapologetic. The entire LP exudes the live passion for which these boys have come to be known.
The new breed are coming. HARRINGTON SAINTS are behind the wheel & gassed up. Get on board. It's relentless.