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20 Bulls Each

20 Bulls Each: Lost CausesLost Causes (2006)
Europe

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Perhaps we should be ashamed if the first thing we think of as Irish music is U2. And only U2. What else does the potato-eating, Leprechaun-toting, beer-soaked motherland have to offer musically? Traditional folk music? Indeed, I can boast two brothers donning shamrock tattoos in honor of their Celt.
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Perhaps we should be ashamed if the first thing we think of as Irish music is U2. And only U2. What else does the potato-eating, Leprechaun-toting, beer-soaked motherland have to offer musically? Traditional folk music? Indeed, I can boast two brothers donning shamrock tattoos in honor of their Celtic heritage. And as an Irishman, I still cannot come up with any Irish bands, let alone punk-related, beyond Bono and boys. Alright, alright, Sinead O'Connor, the Cranberries, Thin Lizzy and the Pogues call Ireland home. That still leaves a void where punk is concerned.

Enter 20 Bulls Each from Dublin. They spit out raw, bloody-knuckled punk rock. The song titles should offer an idea of what the 20 Bulls are all about: "Bow Down," "Fail," "Make Your Stand," "The Hard Way." Somewhere in their press sheet there's a nod to street punk. 20 Bulls Each sound much heavier and meaner than that, though. You do have a healthy dollop of melody as well as the speedy, two-step rhythms. Sometimes it all converges at once, as on the solid "Awol." They decry the "weekend-only life," where we (Irish, American, whoever in modern-day capitalist society) sacrifice five days for the enjoyment of two. "Icon" is another catchy cut of razor-tongued slashing punk.

Many songs thrive on call-and-response vocals, all in the grand oi tradition. You can hear the ghost of the Clash weaving through many of the songs, though it sounds more like Rancid or other likeminded heirs to the Clash's initial punk statement. "The Hard Ways" demonstrates this well, with a punchy catchy chorus and crowd-shouted lyrics on working class pride.

It's all good riotous fun, though 15 songs do seem a bit much to munch on at once. This is a dense record. Some songs run together and morph into one another as the album plays on. Some dieting would have done the band well in shedding some excess musical weight. Yet that doesn't diminish the impact of the stronger material found herein.

 

 
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bombidol (February 17, 2008)

New EP out in April www.myspace.com/20bullseach

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

played with these guys, pretty sweet band, my old band did a split with em aswell, after id left tho. wierd to see em on here

Anonymous (December 11, 2006)

great stuff

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

www.myspace.com/20bullseach too apparently

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

Excellent

feeeding5000 (December 10, 2006)

Northern Ireland counts as Ireland...it's got "Ireland" right there in the name. And SLF were one of the best punk bands ever. They basically did the first Clash LP 4 or 5 times, but every time was better than the Clash themselves.

SloaneDaley (December 8, 2006)

technically Still Little Fingers are from Northern Ireland, UK, not the Republic.

saint_nick (December 8, 2006)

uh.....STIFF LITTLE FINGERS!

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

actually, aren't the pogues from london? just because they play celtic punk doesn't mean they're from ireland. you don't see anybody mentioning the dropkicks or flogging molly do ye?

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

As an Irishman you can only name a handful of Irish artists?

None of these are particularly obscure: Enya, Therapy, Ash, The Frames, Van Morrison, The Undertones, The Waterboys, Stiff Little Fingers, Boomtown Rats, The Divine Comedy, My Bloody Valentine etc.

What part of Ireland are you from? Somewhere with no music media?

badmouth (December 8, 2006)

This band sounds good, no ones heard of The Frames? Easily the best band from Ireland

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