ETT - 038 - Ultra - "Bay Area Babylon" Mixtape

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    I've never followed modern Oi! ( besides CRIMINAL DAMAGE ) very closely because so few current bands get anywhere close to giving me what I get from the classics. However, with bands like THE BRASS, CROWN COURT, and RIXE a little renaissance seems to be happening; in much the same way as the No Way generation of early 80s USHC-inspired bands reinvigorated the hardcore scene in the early and mid-00s, a new crop of Oi! bands is finally making music that can stand with the classics.

    ULTRA have it down pat... gruff and tough, but with the hint of simple, terrace-chant melody that makes Oi! so immediate and memorable. If you're into bands like the ones i mentioned before... you won't be disappointed.

    Shortly after the brilliant COLD CIRCUITS 12" my mate Paul, told me they‘re gonna start a more OI! influenced Band with members of SYNTHETIC ID, COLD CIRCUITS among many others and what should I say? They killed it again! The same old question, what is the secret ingredient of these guys? Whatever these Bay Area guys secretly mix in their drinks, it seems to bring out an endless flow of brilliant and catchy, yet distinctive songs – in each of their bands, again and again and again...

    Anyway, it's pretty clear that the early UK Oi! sound is the primary inspiration here... not only is the general, rootsy pub rock / oi! approach largely the same, but a lot of the songs are built around the same kind of hammer-on rock and roll riffs that drove a lot of that early UK stuff. I would say this is a little more melodic than the first bands you get in mind when you are thinking of the first UK Oi! wave.

    They build their songs around the same kinds of hyper-speed Rock n Roll riffs, and the singer has a brilliant melodic growl. I've never said it many times before in these descriptions, but I've always been a big fan of the bands that lie on the more melodic end of the Oi! spectrum, and ULTRA definitely hit that sweet spot, particularly with the title track, which is even more melodic than anything on the tape. The guitar line is downright poppy--almost giving it a punky power-pop edge a la the BOYS or something like that--and the vocals in the choruses gets me every time. But hey, it's not like ULTRA are shy about their influences anyway, right?

    ULTRA are definitely up there with RIXE, THE BRASS and CROWN COURT as top-shelf modern Oi! , and if you've been following that sound this is pretty much an essential purchase.
    So, if the description above moves you , I'd encourage you to check this out, as aside from THE BRASS it's probably the best-executed record in this style I've heard in a very long time.

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I've never followed modern Oi! ( besides CRIMINAL DAMAGE ) very closely because so few current bands get anywhere close to giving me what I get from the classics. However, with bands like THE BRASS, CROWN COURT, and RIXE a little renaissance seems to be happening; in much the same way as the No Way generation of early 80s USHC-inspired bands reinvigorated the hardcore scene in the early and mid-00s, a new crop of Oi! bands is finally making music that can stand with the classics.

ULTRA have it down pat... gruff and tough, but with the hint of simple, terrace-chant melody that makes Oi! so immediate and memorable. If you're into bands like the ones i mentioned before... you won't be disappointed.

Shortly after the brilliant COLD CIRCUITS 12" my mate Paul, told me they‘re gonna start a more OI! influenced Band with members of SYNTHETIC ID, COLD CIRCUITS among many others and what should I say? They killed it again! The same old question, what is the secret ingredient of these guys? Whatever these Bay Area guys secretly mix in their drinks, it seems to bring out an endless flow of brilliant and catchy, yet distinctive songs – in each of their bands, again and again and again...

Anyway, it's pretty clear that the early UK Oi! sound is the primary inspiration here... not only is the general, rootsy pub rock / oi! approach largely the same, but a lot of the songs are built around the same kind of hammer-on rock and roll riffs that drove a lot of that early UK stuff. I would say this is a little more melodic than the first bands you get in mind when you are thinking of the first UK Oi! wave.

They build their songs around the same kinds of hyper-speed Rock n Roll riffs, and the singer has a brilliant melodic growl. I've never said it many times before in these descriptions, but I've always been a big fan of the bands that lie on the more melodic end of the Oi! spectrum, and ULTRA definitely hit that sweet spot, particularly with the title track, which is even more melodic than anything on the tape. The guitar line is downright poppy--almost giving it a punky power-pop edge a la the BOYS or something like that--and the vocals in the choruses gets me every time. But hey, it's not like ULTRA are shy about their influences anyway, right?

ULTRA are definitely up there with RIXE, THE BRASS and CROWN COURT as top-shelf modern Oi! , and if you've been following that sound this is pretty much an essential purchase.
So, if the description above moves you , I'd encourage you to check this out, as aside from THE BRASS it's probably the best-executed record in this style I've heard in a very long time.

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released February 5, 2016

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Track Name: To The Limit
Nicky Crane! Nicky Crane!
Patron Saint of Ubiquity
Omnipresent Patron Saint
Empower us with duality!
See you at "Heaven" shinging bright
Guide us 'neath the disco light
Show us how to reach the sky
And fill the void in our lives

Your Leather Touch, O Nicky Crane
Duplex spirit our Patron Saint
Mi Jesus Malverde
Be our light show us the way
Track Name: Frolic In Our Minds
No Bollocking!
Just Frolicking!

Love and hate are in the air
like pollen from a flower
and summertime just ain't
no time to be sour
wash the skin off our hands
get our bare feet on the land
pawn our boots for some sun
and a forage of edible plants

grow our hair out long like Roi from Last Resort
we'll be Tarzanettes and build a tree fort

we got frolic in our minds
frolic in our minds
nights where fireflies glow

sparkling dusks and glowing trails
as an aura looms
noctambulant silhouettes
the scent of summer blooms
spectral beneath the warmth of starlight
we'll embrace we'll frolic into the night
Track Name: Perpetual Violence
Architects in a game
puppeteers they got names
endless profits for bastards
that should soon serve as marks

nothing short of bloodshed
nothing less than that
so that every successor
will hesitate to succeed
as perpetual cycles uphold
a never ending game
only perpetual violence will do
you'll get what's coming to you
Track Name: Spirit Of 3069 BC
Sunset over Sumer
and the proto-working class
with spirit in captivity
so raise your beveled rim glass
escape tonight from the city-state
on each canal and every channel

jugs of wine and bowls of beer
we'll be drinking
flipping off the ziggurat
and bovver's what we're thinking
lookin' smart lookin' sharp
lookin' for a fight now
if you're working for the ensi
we're stomping on your cuneiform

drunk on sour gruel
sumerian skin glistening
from the tigris to the euphrates
but a night stomping
to the proper sound of lyres
is just a night of respite
from slavery to empire

but you stand strong
strong and proud
Track Name: College At Harwood
we don’t need oceanariums
we got slip n slides n tha streets

what’s the point in lubricating?
lubricoi!
we’re swimming in your eyes tonight
Track Name: NC2U (A Reverie)
from county dublin to my heart
you're my warrior bird of prey
in a sea of chelsea cuts
i look to you always

with you i cruise a reverie
i want your hands on me
with you i cruise a bedtime memory

cuz nothing compares (2 u)

you're standing tuff at purple rain
but why the bovver kept restrained
why it did not bring him pain
why it did not leave your veins

take me back to church, make it hurt
since conception we've been 1
was there room in that womb 4 2
bc i've always been w/ u
Track Name: Baby Robocop's Prediction Of San Francisco
All grown up still smashing faces
Track Name: Spitting Image
Acronyms to dispel pretense
but rigid roles under that defense
it's all the same
it's just inane
just another mirror case-
it's the same shit everywhere
like redneck flag wavers
patriotism as dumb as bonehead politics
and on the other side
it's just the same
self righteous radicals
black and white
shit side pricks

you're just a spitting image
of those you claim to despise