Punk and rock n' roll reviews from Lord Rutledge and friends
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Meet 16 Ton Rockers!
When a band named after a Clash tour releases a brand-new collection of demos and calls it The Vintage Retro Tapes 1977, there's about a zero percent chance of me not being a fan! And so now we meet 16 Ton Rockers - featuring the vocal talents of one Spinx B'stard (Swindle-A-Go-Go, Salvation Star Brigade, Suicide Pact). What started as a two-man project became a full-fledged band back in November, and within a month these Swedes were ready to share some killer tunes with the world at large. Needless to say, there's more than a little Clash/Sex Pistols worship going on here. But while the sources of inspiration are pretty obvious, 16 Ton Rockers bring their own hard-rocking style to the table. For a very new band, these guys sound highly accomplished in the songwriting department. "All The Fucks" combines a nasty-edged verse with an anthemic chorus in a Professionals vein, while "Somebody Save Me" is a great mid-tempo melodic rocker a la Hanoi Rocks or early Manic Street Preachers. "Pistol A Go Go" is a salute to the Pistols and Hanoi Rocks that sounds more like vintage Clash. No complaints there. All in all, great stuff! You can stream the whole EP over at the band's Soundcloud, and let's hope there is much more to come!