A while ago, I’ve posted the final EP by UPRIGHT CITIZENS, “Facts and Views”. Since I’ve been riding the German HC / Punk wave here at home all week long, I just couldn’t resist â€“ so here’s the incredible debut by the Ãœber-Citizens.
The record starts off with a real slap in the face: “Bombs of Peace” is such a hit – this version even kills the one of the final EP. What fascinates me is the missing tone when the guitar comes in and the extra bass-tone when the song ends. I’m so anal. And from there, it just goes on on the same level – relentlessly: “Now or never”, “I hate Church” and “Holocaust” (check the guitar intro! 1982! Fucking awesome!). Flip it over (or download the next track) and the it goes on like that: “Fuck the Army”, the punky “He’s dead”, the Ã¼ber-catchy “Warmad”, “Scum of the Earth” and the only german sung song, “Neo-Nazis in der BRD” (“Neo-Nazis in Germany”). So impressive! Together with BETONCOMBO’s “Nazis raus” maybe be best anti-nazi song I know (musically, of course. The lyrics with the typical alarmism etc. tend to be a bit simple, but hey, it’s Punk and not history class). After a full dose of UPRIGHT CITIZENS’ anti-nazi hyms, I tend to miss the heydays of militant nazi-bashing in the 80s and 90s, haha.
I called this a Mini-Album, the band calls it an EP and if you want, you can call it LP too, cause if records like “Group Sex” by CIRCLE JERKS go through as that, this should actually be called a double album.
And sorry for the ever shitty cover shots. Will make a better photo one day. Or so.