|River City Rebels "Racism, Religion, and War.." (2000) LP Cover|
Street Punk With Horns
The record was released on Victory Records in 2000, and they hit the ground running. The line up kept changing after this release, but this first record had some great sing-a-long style lyrical elements and choruses. From the opening horn section on “Hate”, to the punk rock tune of “Religion”, and then to the horns of “The System”, this record started out with some of the strongest politically infused punk and ska from the 2000s. The rest of the record holds up well, with a mix of punk rock that you would find to be in tune with The Clash, Anti-Flag, and others. However, the band had trombone and trumpet throughout the street punk sounds of acts from the past, and of course the present in 2000.
A Take On Political Punk and Ska
Unlike other ska records released around the same time frame, “Racism, Religion, and War” was more akin to punk rock than pure ska. The horn section was a complement of the rocking towns that the band was throwing down, with strong lyrical content about the three topics in the title. However, not without a great sense of rhythm, and of course great guitar, and bass playing. This was very much a street punk record in the vein of Boston’s finest The Dropkick Murphys, and others that came out around the 1990s on Epitaph Records. When you listen to this record, you swear that you’ve seen River City Rebels with other street punk and Boston bands, because their sound is so similar.
From The Streets To Your Stereo
Fans of pure street punk will love what River City Rebels did on “Racism, Religion, and War”. I was impressed from the first song through the rest of the tracks. My favorite tracks range across various options as there are 14 offered here. My personal favorites on this record include, “Hate”, “The System”, “Corporate America”, “We Will Fight”, “Stars N stripes”, and “Religion”. It’s a record that really is meant to be heard live and sung alongside the band’s frenetic sound.
I Give River City Rebels “Racism, Religion, and War” a 4 out of 5.
Surprise, surprise, I give another good review to a record that I love. Well, why not? This is a record that isn’t that long, but has 14 tracks of pure street and ska punk rock. It’s a fist racing record that you will want to sing along with a lot, and it’s well produced, and has a lot going for it. River City Rebels put on a great showcase of punk infused ska music, with a focus on sing-a-long choruses, and more. You’ll love it, if you’re a fan of the genre.