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Old Firm Casuals - Never Say Die [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Old Firm Casuals

Old Firm Casuals: Never Say Die [7-inch]Never Say Die [7-inch] (2014)
Volsung Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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While Rancid's next album continues to gestate, Lars Frederiksen's other band, the Old Firm Casuals, has steadily released a series of seven–inches over the years (with a full–length reportedly coming soon). The latest, the single "Never Say Die," finds the band drifting away from the gr.
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While Rancid's next album continues to gestate, Lars Frederiksen's other band, the Old Firm Casuals, has steadily released a series of seven–inches over the years (with a full–length reportedly coming soon). The latest, the single "Never Say Die," finds the band drifting away from the group's gritty Oi! sound towardsâ?¦well, Rancid basically.

"Never Say Die," a soccer anthem for the San Jose Earthquakes, comes in two versions here. The A–side features members of the Quakes on gang vox, but they don't contribute a whole lot. Mostly, it's just Lars getting stoked on football.

The B–side is the "album version," and it is only after hearing this take that the A–side becomes superfluous. The B–side has a guitar solo pushed higher in the mix, crowd chatter is cut lower, and the A–side's outro is cut too. It's a leaner, catchier edit that builds towards a propulsive final chorus with all kinds of counter melodies, hidden treasures, and probably something about vikings or the East Bay or something. Given that it's meant to be a stadium anthem, this ode to the Quakes works better without them.

Given the sonic shift, though, it's kind of odd that the Casuals are still around. It's possible that "Never Say Die" does not reflect their upcoming full–length as a whole. But given how strongly the song resembles the anthemic, rock–oriented Rancid of Let the Dominoes Fall, it does little to distinguish the group from Frederiksen's other gig.

 


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sawker (June 19, 2014)

The Old Firm? Rangers are dead, mate.

ocbob (June 19, 2014)

I hate when old punks go skinhead. It's like when 40 year old guys go rockabilly. Really dude your just figuring out this whole life thing now?

Leonardo (June 18, 2014)

Nice graphic reference to the Earthquakes new crest in the cover

skull79 (June 18, 2014)

OFC > anything Rancid has put out since 2000.
This reviewer missed it. This is a soccer anthem for the hometown team. Soccer has always been entwined with skinhead/oi culture, going back to the hooligan firms in England in the 70s. It is more refined than previous OFC material, but that doesn't make it less credible, and it does not sound like the crap that is Let the Dominoes Fall. The full length will stay true.

benflo1208 (June 18, 2014)

Before the review i was punk, now im skin

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