Record Label: Pirates Press Records
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Ten years is waaaaaay too long to wait for a new Darkbuster album but finally, after all these years that is what we have. Was it worth the wait? You bet your momma’s beard it is!!!
Kicking things off on the right foot is one of my new favorite songs “Many Moons”. With its steady marching beat, blaring horns and street punk anthem chorus, this song should be a staple in their live sets for quite some time. From there on out, “No Revolution” doesn’t let up. “No Fear”, the next track up on the album, is a circle pit-inducing raucous punk song and the title track proves that these Boston boys still love their ska. You also get your tongue in cheek humor with songs like “Believe In Packer” and “Swillies Lament (Liquor)”.
In all honesty, I don’t know what more you could ask for out of a Darkbuster album…except for maybe 12 more songs. There’s punk rock, oi, ska, dark humor and great songwriting to tie it all together.
I dare anyone to take the songs off of “No Revolution”, put them up against anything from “22 Songs…” and “A Weakness For Spirits” and tell me that you can really tell the difference. While some may take that statement as an insult for Darkbuster sounding the same after 20 years as a band, I say to them…why change when they got it right the first time?
Much like their fellow Bostonians in the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Darkbuster has their own sound that can only be described as the Darkbuster sound. It’s not going to change and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m glad they’re back…it’s good to have them back.
Bottom Line: Even though it took almost ten years to record “No Revolution”, Darkbuster hasn’t missed a punk rock beat. If you don’t like this album then you don’t like Darkbuster.
Notable Tracks: Many Moons, No Revolution, No Fear, Jimmy Needs, Punk Rock’s Not Dead