Hooligan - Dublin City Rockers
After five EP’s in little over a decade you would say it’s time for Hooligan’s debut LP, right? Well, the Irish are having none of that as they just released their sixth EP “Dublin City Rockers” on 7” vinyl through - I think it’s the band’s own label - Advance Records!
Just as their previous vinyl EP’s, of which two were released by Oi! The Boat Records, you’ll find four brand new recordings on this slab of wax. Somewhere between ‘77 and streetpunk, these Dublin city rockers crank out four new tracks - namely “Punk Rock n’ Roll”, “Dublin City Girls”, “A Gang Like Us” and “Saturday’s Heroes” - of which one is a cover. Now with those song-titles, can you guess which one the cover is?
Indeed, “Dublin City Girls” it is! Originally recorded by Skid Row (no, not hair metal band from Jersey), Hooligan gives their own, cool rockin’ take to this nearly 50-year old track and they do it with style! Just like they do with their self-written songs as well. True, the song-titles lack originality and inspiration, but nonetheless these guys manage to create a cool vibe with their sound. They did so on their previous releases, and they continue to do so on “Dublin City Rockers”!
Unfortunately the 7”doesn’t come with a lyric sheet and the labels on the record seem to be switched around, but all in all a fine release if you like your punk rock ‘77, Irish or a combination of both!