ANGELIC UPSTARTS / THE PROWLERS - Split EP
To commemorate the first Canadian live dates for the Upstarts since 1982, a limited 7" split with label mates, The Prowlers came hot off the press, just in time for the Montreal show.
Only 150 units of these have been pressed on half and half (black and white) with gold splatter. This variant sold exclusively at the Canadian shows. The black vinyl edition is now available here.
Every punk knows the Angelic Upstarts. The band began in 1977 in England. I respectfully (and with great joy) drop the needle on a regular basis on the 13 Angelic Upstarts albums that are in my collection. This latest 7" split with The Prowlers was issued in celebration of their first Canadian tour dates in over thirty years (since 1982). The Prowlers are from Montreal Canada.
The Angelic Upstarts song "King of the Rats" is an alternate version, which got me wondering, "why is this news to me that I don't know the regular version"? It certainly isn't on any of the 13 albums I possess. Turns out I missed a split release of the then new material in 2011. I suppose I need to locate this split LP with Crashed Out (on I Hate People Records) in a hurry!
"King of the Rats" wholly serves as evidence why the Angelic Upstarts have survived in the hearts of many punk fans for so many decades. The attitude is always evident, the musical execution is so perfect it has inspired bands to head back to the garage to work on their chops and the songs simply rip.
The Prowlers began in 1999, over 20 years after the Angelic Upstarts. But The Prowlers get it. This is a great record.
A single put together for the Angelic Upstarts shows in Canada. The Upstarts being one of the great classic bands from the golden age of English Oi!. They come out with a new version of their song "King Of The Rats". I like this version better then the version that was on the split with Crashed Out.
Mensi voice is a bigger than life personality. A weapon that the band is great at using to get its point across and this song is no different. One of my favorite Upstart songs and they have made it even better.
The Prowlers give us "Voisin De La Terreur" a song styled in their sound and sung in French. The Prowlers do what they do and they do it very well. The song sounds great and is easy to sing along to. The singer nails the French lyrics and I love how his voice sounds while singing this song. The drumming is hypnotic and is what keeps me coming back to this song... Fans of either band will want this single for sure.
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