It was at one of their recent live shows where Dublin based punk-rock band The Vagabonds and I crossed paths. The chance encounter has proved rather fruitful.
What’s immediately striking is their candidness, preferring to concentrate on their own endeavors of making music which relfects their own lives and experiences. It’s an approach which works remarkably well. They seem relaxed, reassured, comfortable and adept in bashing out songs centred around personal heartache, strife or their left-wing political leanings.
There is no messing about. It’s a simple but effective blend of to-the-point tuneful punk-rock with scuzzy riffs a-plenty which is matched by the refreshingly honest lyrics; akin to a bastard child of The Pogues, Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash and Whipping Boy. Since forming last year they’ve been busy giging throughout Ireland and the UK bringing them to the attention of Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Babyshambles) who has produced their forthcoming EP, Another Victory for Hysteria.
It’s a modern take on a tried an tested formula as they kick back against the adversity they see everyday, punk-rock can never get old can it?
Another Victory for Hysteria is out via The Firstborn is Dead Recordings on 19th November 2010.