1000 Pounds Of Oi!

Harrington Saints

Pirates Press Records, 2019

http://www.harringtonsaints.com

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 09/11/2019

One of the staples of the current street punk and Oi! scene, San Francisco's Harrington Saints can seemingly do no wrong. With their third album 1000 Pounds Of Oi!, the stalwarts return with more harmonic, fist-pumping, mosh friendly, and beer drinking fury.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The title track starts the 10 track album with a blistering, bouncy, and ultra-catchy anthem featuring gritty singing, gang vocals, and authentic energy. “Red State” continues the setting with more of a Southern California punk rock feeling with insightful, political lyrics.

The remainder of the album keeps the formula similar, which I'm certainly grateful for, and includes the punchy sing-along fun of “Fremont Train,” the frisky, bouncy bass work of the quick blast of punk rock in “Pressure,” and the swirling guitar work of the longest tune “State Of Emergency.”

Back half highlights include the key friendly fun of “Rock N Rolla,” the buzzing pace of the quick paced “Counter Attack,” and the gruff, raw “Rise Up,” which is a highlight on a listen where every tune is strong. “Now More Than Ever” ends the record with a nostalgic, timeless hardcore spirit that touches on all the greatness coming out of New York City in the late '80s, where power and melody punctuate the message well.

The five guys in Harrington Saints have all played in other Bay Area bands, including the always fantastic Suede Razors, though they’ve been pounding away as Harrington Saints for over a decade now. While the 1000 pounds in the album title might refer to the large frames these guys carry, there is certainly a massive Oi! influence present, and fans of legends like Cock Sparrer, The Business, and The Oppressed as well as current street punk like The Old Firm Casuals will be quite pleased with the sounds here.

Rating: A-

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