The Bar Stool Preachers

Grazie Governo

Written by: MAK on 27/08/2018 15:35:12

When you consider the United Kingdom’s ska-punk scene, one band that has been lingering in the dark but has never truly poked their head through to the light would be Brighton’s The Bar Stool Preachers. You’d see them as a regular festival name at the likes of Rebellion and Boomtown, but it hasn’t been until this year their true potential is starting to show, and it’s showing bright. From going to America to tour with the iconic Street dogs, to packing out stages at the aforementioned festivals; In a live capacity, The Bar Stool Preachers are absolutely killing it in a much more noticeable way than ever before. This rise in stage form happens to coincide with the release of the band’s recent album, “Grazie Governo”, which feels like it’s about to take the UK ska and punk scenes by the throat and grab everyone’s attention.

The Bar Stool Preachers’ predecessor, 2016’s “Blatant Propaganda” was chirpy two-tone ska and punk rock blend with messages of love stories and messages of a political nature. “Grazie Governo” offers a lot of the same, but with an attitude that makes you feel like the Brighton crew are a bit more pissed off with the world than they were before. Take the title track for example, which the words itself translate as a sarcastic message spewing “Thank you government” like a middle finger at the authorities who shit on the working class. Underneath this fierce message is the same uplifting atmosphere that we’ve had on previous work, with skankable upstroke hooks and an infectious sing long hook, but the tone in the message is just the tip of the iceberg. A couple of songs further, you get a taste of crunchier riffs with “Warchief”, and frontman T.J McFaull unleashing his emotion through gritted teeth about taking a stand and fighting for your right. This is a punchier Bar Stool than we’ve come across before.

The ska fuelled anthems flow strong though, with the Rancid inspired ‘Choose My Friends’, featuring Aimee Interrupter of The Interrupters fame, in a song that combines the party two-tone vibes with the striking energy of stage punk. Distorted hooks and fast beats meet the infectious upstrokes and anthemic chorus. This flows perfectly into, the ever so vibrant “DLTDHYOTWO”, in other words, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out”, this is pure ska punk vibes with a real old school British twang to it, reminding me very much of The Pisdicables. “Cry Wolf” comes in a tad later with the exact same tone.

On top of the ska punk and skate punk is the more melodic and ballad-like anthems like “8.6 Days (all the Broken Hearts)”, “2:22”, and the in the track that comes across as a rather Bad Religion influenced, “Drink”. They all contain much less of the party vibes or even the political stances showing angst. Instead, they come across as McFaull is showing his personal side, in which the mood just feels darker than most other songs on the album, with more vocals sung through gritted teeth, but the delivery is definitely a lot more sombre in the verses, letting the bridges and choruses hit you a fair bit harder. These are the songs that are a pure far cry from the Bar Stool Preachers that we used to know, but we are reminded again with the Inner Terrestrials-esque “Drive”, a dub punk track that takes you on a ride from a soft reggae verse to a vigorous chorus with incredibly fast riffs and McFaull’s shouts catching you by surprise.

“Grazie Governo” shows that The Bar Stool Preachers are expanding from being a band that you want to skank along with to your heart's content, this album is far more than that. We have a nice surprise of an album that is going to appeal to a wide fan base as it showcases real passion on a topical scale and an eclectic range of music styles within the world of punk rock and ska. This is an album that matches the rise in live form and showcases an improvement in creativity from the Brighton lads.

8

Download: Grazie Governo, DLTDHYOTWO, Drive
For The Fans Of: Inner Terrestrials, The Interrupters, Rancid, The Filaments
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Release date 03.08.2018
Pirates Press Records


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