Wednesday, May 29, 2019

No Collusion - Sticking Sets

I am always a sucker for '77-style punk, and here we have a new band from Northern Ireland pulling off the style brilliantly! No Collusion is a young trio from Derry that just recently released a debut EP called Sticking Sets. I've seen some comparisons of this band to The Chats - which seem spot-on given No Collusion's penchant for amusing storytelling and fondness for regional slang. "Aw Naw", which recounts the unfortunate tale of some stolen controlled substances, is sure to be one of the punk rock smashes of 2019. I'm not quite sure what's going on in "Jim" - but it sure sounds like a good time will be had by all. "Shams" tells the story of how No Collusion started out as a shitty band and quickly became a not-so-shitty band. "Fuck Politics" might be a specific commentary on Brexit, but on a deeper level it's about how governments screw over the people they are entrusted to serve. That's sadly true regardless of which side of the pond you find yourself on.

All in all, this debut from No Collusion is tremendously promising. Fans of first generation Oi! and the rawer side of '77 UK punk should be very interested! 


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