Toronto's THE FALLOUT have joined the Insurgence Records musical family!
The band - Lord Byron on guitar, Dr. Bob on drums and Jeremy on bass - play straight-up, stripped-down politically-charged punk rock that's got backbone and backbeat. Here's how one reviewer described the band:
"Drawing their inspiration, both musically and lyrically, from the likes of the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and D.O.A., the Fallout definitely hold their own, dishing out some real rebel music. Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency. These cats are kind of like a street-punk version of Woody Guthrie." (Exclaim Magazine)
Their first Insurgence release,"Dismantlement" is due out in May and finds these rabble-rousers continuing to fight the good fight. "Dismantlement" is chock full of passionate and positive punk rock - timely, topical and on-target tunes that aim to both agitate and educate. You can check out a few of the new songs at the band's website and myspace, and be sure to check out the Insurgence website for an interview they did recently with Maximum Rock 'n Roll.
A review of the new CD from Street Voice UK Magazine:
THE FALLOUT - Dismantlement
This is the first time I've sat down and really listened to this band and what I hear I really like. 'Dismantlement' contains 13 politically charged songs that will have you pogoing around your room as soon as your hear the first number 'Compassion Over Killing'. From then on this album just comes at you like a smack in the face with a baseall bat. Yep this band takes no prisoners and with terrific songs like 'Riot Boys', 'Meat Market', 'Change The World Today' and 'The End Of The War Years' I promise you'll be won over. If only more poliitcally aware bands were this good then maybe this world wouldn't be in such a mess. This is Punk Rock at it's best and not only do you get a superb album you get a a top production too. The Fallout Rock - It's as simple as that! 9.5/10
THE FALLOUT remind me a lot of THE CLASH. They write these great songs that have loads of urgency and are politically motivated. And, although the band doesn’t sound like a CLASH knock-off, they do incorporate some CLASH signatures, like the drum rolls in “Compassion Over Killing,” that remind me of “Clash City Rockers.”
One of the underlying themes of “Dismantlement” is the politics of food. The other would be revolution or change. With regard to food, the band writes a great first-hand account of the injustices of agrarian migrant work in “Leaving Ontario.” It reminds me of “Grapes Of Wrath” and Woody Guthrie wrapped into one. “Compassion Over Killing” talks about our complicity in a system that markets the by-products of torture and death. And “Meat Market” is a song that suggests a change in diet based on the various practices of food production, with a line like “it’s time for the whole world to be fed.” So true.
As for the revolution side of the theme, “Peace, Love And Anarchy” lays out the blueprint for revolution. “Change The World Today” is a personal call to make a difference. And, “Fighting For The Lost Cause” is about defending the underdog, which is something that SLF expressed on a more recent album. The two themes intersect on a song like “Bread And Freedom.” But the bands also calls for an end to war in “The End Of The War Years.”
THE FALLOUT have the ability to dream big while pointing out injustices in our backyard. Just like THE CLASH wrote about the poisoning of the Thames River with nuclear effluence in “London Calling,” THE FALLOUT sing about the escalation of gun violence in various neighbourhoods throughout Toronto, pointing to American emulation. And the band does a flattering tribute tribute to the radio show in “Radio Fallout.” But, like all FALLOUT songs, the local examples, like a local punk show, become demonstrations for potential solutions like the development of community media. I have to confess that I blush every time I hear the song. Thanks for the recognition.
Overall, I get a very intelligent analysis of the world after listening to THE FALLOUT release. “Dismantlement” has elements of John Steinbeck and Howard Zinn poured into a punk format. Reasoned, thought-through, level-headed observations of an unbalanced system. It doesn’t hurt that THE FALLOUT write catchy and zippy tunes to go along with these observations. Musically they remind me of INFA RIOTE meets THE CLASH meets THE JAM with ANGELIC UPSTARTS kind of street smarts. A flawless release.
(Insurgence Records/2 Bloor Street West, Suite 100 – 184/Toronto, Ontario/M4W 3E2/Canada/www.insurgence.net) - SP
Another gem of a release from Insurgence, this time from Canada's The Fallout who provide you with upbeat, punk-as-fuck, politically charged music. The Fallout's sound reminds me a lot of early bands such as The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, but without copying 'em, as they do have their own distinctive sound...and it's catchy rebel-rousing stuff! They're socially aware and the lyrics go straight to the point of the matter. This is a great listen and I would advise one and all to check it out...pronto! (Oi! Warning, Number 6)
And the good reviews are still rolling in for The Fallout! This one from the Old Punks Never Die Blog...
The Fallout Dismantlement
These politically-aware Canadians have a mind for intelligent insight and an ear for a wickedly catchy tune. There's much about this band that reminds me of the early efforts of Stiff Little Fingers, but brought right up-to-date. It's familiar, like my favourite underwear, but it's fresh (insert punchline here). The Fallout make you wanna get up, dance and then go and do nasty but well-deserved things to animal abusers / fascists / cops while happily humming one of their delightful ditties.