Record Label: Self-Released
There haven’t been a lot of old school straightforward punk rockers new to the scene in what seems like forever. Here comes Vancouver’s Childsplay with their furious EP (mini album?) that sounds like something straight out of the late 80’s DIY scene.
The songs on “Righteous Rampage” are fast, smart, energetic, furious and unforgiving…all in a good way. You can definitely see the influence of bands like D.O.A. or early Bad Religion in their sound, but they’re not trying to sound like any one band in particular…except for their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”, but even then they give the song a sound very much their own. I never thought that “Iron Man” could make such a great punk song.
I would have to say that I was overly impressed with everything from the production quality to the sound levels of the band. The guitar and bass don’t overpower the drums and the vocals are crisp and clean. The guitar solos are not only kick ass, but sound good kicking said ass. Very surprising recording quality for any DIY punk band let alone one in their early stages.
If you’re looking for a short and sweet introduction to a new blood punk band, go no further than “Righteous Rampage”. Fans looking for a modern touch to old school punk rock won’t be disappointed.
Bottom Line: A high quality short length EP from a shockingly good new old-school band
Notable Tracks: Crashing Down, Hey!, Average Me, Iron Man