V/A - La Force Dans La Oi! Vol. 2

Une Vie Pour Rien?

 

It is without a doubt Une Vie Pour Rien? that is delivering some of the finest French Oi! and punk this past decade. In 2012 the label released the first volume in the “La Force Dans La Oi!” series, that introduced us to bands like Larcin, The Fanatiques and Lion’s Law, the latter one experiencing an immense growth ever since! Now it’s time for volume 2, and yet again the top of the crop is compiled for this 7”!

 

Side A makes room for two of my newer favorite French bands at the moment, Syndrome 81 and Traitre! Both bands present a very significant sound that is filled with energy, melody and melancholy. I can’t really speak for the lyrics, my French is rather poor and I don’t have a lyric sheet to translate yet, but the music of both Syndrome 81 (“Contre Vents Et Marées”) and Traitre (“Trainer”) just screams despair and, in my eyes, pure brilliance, crossing the bridge between Oi! and punk rock perfectly!

 

Side B makes room for two more of my newer favorite French bands at the moment, Rixe and Outreau! Rixe blew me away earlier this year with their debut EP “Coups Et Blessures” and with their latest track, “Contre-Courant”, they continue to impress with more 80’s influenced madness! Outreau rounds “La Force Dans La Oi!” volume 2 off with the first and only English track on the record, “Spirit”. A mid-paced skull-crusher with a tense sound that will get your chin up for sure!

 

So there you have it, four of my favorite French bands delivering one exclusive track each! Syndrome 81 and Traitre bring out the melancholy, while Rixe and Outreau bust out the stompers for an amazing second edition in the “La Force Dans La Oi!” series! Extremely recommended!