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Wringer

Wringer: BullfighterBullfighter (2013)
Waterslide Records

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Although not exclusively the only record label dealing in bands that lean towards pop-punk, Lookout! Records was instrumental in kickstarting not just their own bands into the musical arena but the impact was felt far and wide across the world, as hundreds of band took onboard what they heard from t.
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Although not exclusively the only record label dealing in bands that lean towards pop-punk, Lookout! Records was instrumental in kickstarting not just their own bands into the musical arena but the impact was felt far and wide across the world, as hundreds of band took onboard what they heard from the likes of Green Day, Monsula, Screeching Weasel et al in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This impact is still bearing fruit today in the form of Wringer. Wringer are a trio that sound as if they have been transported through time from that period when Lookout! ruled the pop-punk world. Wringer seem dumped into 2013, intent on reclaiming the genre from the hordes of wishy washy bands that have certainly taken away my enthusiasm for a sound that back in my mid-twenties I couldn't get enough of.

What makes Wringer so good? Now that's an easy one to answer - they know how to knock together and subsequently knock out a tune that contains a hook or two, some great sing-along moments and lyrics that don't suck (this last point is key guys and gals - if you're thinking of starting a band, consider your ability to write some well thought out lyrics, or at least lyrics, however dumbed down you might want them to be, which actually work). This isn't your overly sugarcoated pop-punk as this also has the punch of Dillinger Four to add a bit of weight to the album, hence adding to the sound from the last century. Really, that's all there is to say about the band and their debut album - if you like pop-punk then I'd have to say this is an essential listen as we're not blessed with bands this good every day of the week. I'm still a massive fan of Green Day's best album 39 Smooth (let's see the comments section go wild now!) and Bullfighter does at times remind me of that gem. Especially with elements of the vocal performance, which contains some moments that sound as if they could have come from Billie Joe Armstrong 'back in the day'.

The album is currently available on CD via the Japanese label Waterslide but is also available on Bandcamp to download and will be out on vinyl in March 2014, so should keep everyone happy regardless of which format one prefers.

Check it out here.

 

 
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mrpistachio (January 17, 2014)

This is great.

There's a couple of British bands with this Lookout-esque revival. The Murderburgers and Kimberley Steaks. Both worth a look!

deputywinston (January 17, 2014)

This is a solid release, with a lot of 90's Lookout! and Copyrights worn on its sleeve. Catchy songs, good choruses, but some of the songs have too many parts and kinda drag on too long. If this band can learn to edit itself a bit better, I think they could be one of the next great pop punk bands.

hbwlons3 (January 16, 2014)

One of the better records from last year imo.

greg0rb (January 16, 2014)

Solid album, solid dudes.

1039smoothie (January 16, 2014)

awesome guys, great record.

gotsmuch (January 16, 2014)

apparently this is the label putting out the vinyl: http://smellhoundrecs.storenvy.com/

it's up for pre-order on red wax. groooovyyyyyy.

superskabro (January 15, 2014)

YEAH WRINGER!!! If you dig this, then check out the other band fronted by Anthony of Wringer; WHO NEEDS YOU. Slightly superior to Wringer. Amazing shit.
http://whoneedsyou.bandcamp.com/

levidolphin (January 15, 2014)

this is REALLY GOOD

Wyld_stallyns_rule (January 15, 2014)

Fucking amazing record. Buy this.

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