Friday November 10, 2017
Patriot (Chapel Hill, NC)
Patriot is a four piece Oi! band, first formed in October of 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA), a town known far more for its post-granola hippie and elitist alternative/indie music scene – not the most fertile soil to grow Oi! and streetpunk in, but as they say, “Spread enough shit around, and something’s gotta grow.”
The original lineup consisted of Eddie Bastard, Gordon Sharkey, John Macneal, Joey Osment.
About a year-and-a-half in, both John and Joey left the band. Brian Lawton jumped on board as the new bassist, and Chip Harris took over on the drums. This lineup remained as the band’s longest-standing to date, and it was these members that were responsible for almost everything of significance that was written and recorded.
Chip took a year off, citing personal reasons, and Jeff Morin filled in for him on drums. Chip later returned after an 8- or 10-month hiatus. In 1996, Jack Freeland joined on rhythm guitar, filling out that wall of sound and opening the doors to push the envelope of Patriot’s music.
Eventually, the band was plagued by “creative differences,” and Brian Lawton ended up leaving in late ’99. Brian “Deuce” (so-called as he was the second bassist in Patriot named Brian) took over and remained until the eventually split in October of 2000.
A reunion at the 2004 Beer Olympics met with much enthusiasm and signaled plans of a return for Patriot. After 4 years of not being able to do shows because of lineup instability, Patriot is back and playing live again. East Coast Oi! Fest 2008 was the first show.
DDC (Atlanta, GA)
Founded in early 2011 as a four-piece with the intention of just playing the occasional show belting out hard hitting street punk they soon began playing regular shows in their hometown of Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. DDC delivers a special blend of street punk that includes elements of pop punk, Oi!, and hardcore. They’ve shared the stage with the Business, Fatskins, Old Firm Casuals, Patriot, Victory, 7Seconds, The Tossers, Gang Green, Hudson Falcons, Reno Divorce, and many others. In 2013 they released a six-song 10″ EP on Vinyl4Bootboys and in 2014 will release a split 7″ with Antagonizers ATL, a split EP with Assault & Battery, as well as appearing on various compilations.
The Cops (Houston, TX)
“There was a time when punk music didn’t make a statement, but it was more fun and politically incorrect. Acts like NoFX did kind of whatever they wanted while still dropping some quality punk records without apologizing for the sentiments expressed within their songs. Part of the aesthetic to punk music is to buck whatever the mainstream does, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a new punk band who is far from politically correct. Houston’s The Cops, featuring members of Talk Sick Brats, dress like police officers and sing songs from the cop’s point of view. Like the way KISS put on makeup and became the characters they portrayed, this four-piece dons police attire and become characters singing what you’d expect a cop to sing about. This year they dropped four singles that are tongue in cheek and far from serious, but they’re also some pretty solid punk jams that are catchy and hard to ignore.” – Free Press Houston
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Lost City Souls (Houston, TX)