Cockney Rejects are an Oi! punk rock band that formed in the East End of London in 1979. Their song “Oi, Oi, Oi”, from their album Greatest Hits Volume 2, was the inspiration for the name of the Oi! music genre.Their biggest hit record in the United Kingdom, “The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off”, was a parody of Sham 69’s song “Hersham Boys”. Other Cockney Rejects songs were less commercial, partly because they tended to be about hard-edged topics such as street fighting or football hooliganism. The band members are staunch supporters of West Ham United F.C., and their hit song “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” was a cover of a West Ham supporters’ chant, which had been sung since the 1920s. The violence depicted in their lyrics was often mirrored at their concerts, and the band members often fought to defend themselves (often from supporters of opposing football teams) or to split up conflicts between audience members. Jeff and Mick Geggus (who are brothers) had both been amateur youth boxers, and had fought at the national level. Cockney Rejects expressed contempt for all politicians in their lyrics, and they rejected media claims that they had a British Movement following, or that the band members supported the views of that far right group. In their first Sounds interview, they mockingly referred to the British Movement as the “German Movement” and stated that many of their heroes were black boxers.Jeff Turner’s autobiography Cockney Reject describes an incident in which the band members and their supporters had a massive fight against British Movement members at one of Cockney Rejects’ early concerts. Cockney Rejects released their most recent album Unforgiven on the G&R London independent record label in May 2007.
Born out of frustration and boredom like all true youth cults, Forced Reality came bursting out of Waterbury, CT in 1986. Waterbury’s one-time brass empire was in decline, not unlike a lot of the country. While the nation was standing on the verge of war, the underground realms of thrash and punk weren’t cutting it for everyone. Standing in line at an Iron Maiden concert Peter Morcey saw “I will be a skinhead until the day I die” graffitied on a brick wall. Something clicked. Somewhere out there, a pack of freshly shaved aggro youth was ready to trash.
The Brassknuckle Boys stormed on to the american punk scene back in 1998 and have since become internationally infamous as an iconic, intelligent but tough-as-nails punk band firmly in the grasp of street rock n roll fans worldwide while maintaining their own unique sound that is dripping with Americana. The lyrical integrity and introspection dished out by the Brassknuckle Boys is a rarity and will stop you cold in your tracks…
The Gestalts are a 5 piece band from Lafayette Indiana. Their influences span 3+ decades, many locales and ‘subgenres’ and often lead to can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it-comparisons ranging from black flag to stiff little fingers and all manner of unexpected points in between. In their first year of existence they’ve shared the stage with many street punk, Oi!, garage, ska/reggae, lo-fi and everything-else-bands from Chicago to the east coast- notably opening for 1 of only 2 midwest Old Firm Casuals dates as well as landing a spot on the east coast 2000 Tons of TNT with innumerable legendary and upstart street punk and Oi! bands from around the globe
The Jetbirds play straight ahead rock n roll with a dash of punk rock thrown into the mix. Big on riffs and harmonious sing along choruses, “Suicide Love Songs” is a stellar release from this Chicago quartet in the vein of The Dictators or even early Hanoi Rocks. It just stands out and catches your ear and makes you wanna dance…ok, well maybe not DANCE….but you get what I’m saying. It’s THAT kinda music! The kind that gets the energy charging in your system and the blood pumping in your veins. -Critical Mass