I was just about to write up a review for the forthcoming eponymous EP from Cornish lads CROWNS, when an e-mail arrived advising they had just released a video for the lead track, ‘Full Swing.’
Good as I am (!) no words from me would ‘sell’ this CD to you better than the casually shot and boisterous video, so it’s appended below.
I actually have mixed feelings about the current popularity of ‘folk-punk’ and all its derivatives but CROWNS lean more towards a style of ‘shanty-punk’ and there’s absolutely no denying the infectious nature of their songs.
As highlighted in this track and the earlier single, ‘Kissing Gates,’ it’s all very much about bouncing, sing-a-long drinking songs, with big gang-vocal backings. The kind of rowdy music that encourages old-fashioned mosh-circles, air-punching and most other kinds of hyphenated activity!
‘Whose Pint’s Whose’ probably tells you as much as you need know about CROWNS. To me, it has a bit of an Irish feel to it and I suppose there is a fine line between the likes of your Flogging Mollys of this world and CROWNS. Just where Irish folk songs end and English sea-shanties begin, I’m not quite sure. But who’s splitting hairs?
These six tracks are guaranteed to have your feet tapping, in spite of any preconceived musical prejudices.
Just go with it – and get’em in!
(CROWNS are out and about across the UK in March and early April. You can see where and when here.)
(Released through Ship Wreckords on 5th March 2012)
(8.5 / 10)