BOOZE & GLORY with The Whiskey Dickers, All Worked Up & Death Ridge Boys
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:00 PM PDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Dante's, Portland, OR
21 years and over
Punk rock may not be rocket science, but it's only the smartest and
sharpest bands that make the grade and stay the course.
Formed in London in 2009, Booze & Glory started life as a straight-ahead
salute to the rowdy street punk and Oi! bands of the late '70s and '80s
UK scene. Thanks to some of the most infectious songwriting to emerge
from the capital's mean streets for a long time, and with a heroic and
ruthless dedication to playing live, the band were steadily embraced by a
colossal international fan base, with debut video London Skinhead Crew
notching up in excess of 7 000,000 views on YouTube along the way.
Triumphant trips to Asia, South America, the US and pretty much
anywhere that would have them ensured that Booze & Glory's first three
albums - Always On The Wrong Side (2010), Trouble Free (2011) and As
Bold As Brass (2014) - became essential listening for fans of balls-out
and snotty rock'n'roll.
But far from resting on their laurels and sticking to a tried-and- tested
formula, Booze & Glory are now poised to reveal the subtle but
unmistakable evolution that their music and aesthetic have undergone in
recent times, the four-piece have come of age on album number four,
the appropriately-titled Chapter IV.
Instead, the rampaging, lethally melodic anthems contained on Chapter
IV are an exhilarating exercise in positive thinking, the power of the
people and the importance of seizing the day and living life like there's
no tomorrow (which, given recent events, may well turn out to be the
case!). With shades of everything from One Way System and Stiff Little
Fingers to the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, Booze & Glory's all-
encompassing punk rock sound is a loud, proud and big-hearted antidote
to fake plastic pop stars and off-the- shelf punk posers. With songs
touching upon everything from the joys of unity to singer/guitarist
Mark's recent battle with cancer, all human life is present and correct,
with every last track sounding like a custom-built anthem for the
masses. There is evidence of instinctive musical growth here too, as
showcased on folk-fuelled opener Days, Months, Years and the riotous,
soulful clatter of Violence & Fear: songs with plenty to say and no
shortage of fresh ways to say it.
Newly signed to legendary Swedish imprint Burning Heart, Booze & Glory
are set to claim 2017 as their own. With plans to play over 150 shows
over the next 12 months, including a full month in the US and festival
appearances across Europe, the boys' mission to spread the ageless joy
and fury of pure punk rock looks certain to continue long into the future.
With a record as strong as Chapter IV behind them, the B&G crew have
nothing but glory on the horizon. Always an international band, with past
and present members hailing from Poland, Ireland, England, Sweden and
Greece, the current line-up all possessing migrant blood. An international hard working
brigade with aim and sight on the future. Up the punx!