Winchester / Mob Mentality - Split EP
Clockwork Punk / No Bread! / Enrage Records / Khimki Mosh / СИДИ ДОМА
What do five Russian labels, a Russian band and one American band have in common? Usually not that much I suppose. Nonetheless that is exactly how the numbers worked out for this release, as five Russian labels - namely Clockwork Punk, No Bread!, Enrage Records, Khimki Mosh and СИДИ ДОМА - teamed up for a split EP between Moscow’s Winchester and Pennsylvania’s Mob Mentality!
First up are the Russian streetpunks of Winchester who have been operating out of the Moscow area since 2016 - I believe - and already having three previous releases under their belts. Despite those releases, a self-titled mini album (2016), “Без Наебалова” (2017) and “Love Cats Hate Government” (2018), this split is my introduction to them and a proper introduction indeed! The songs - “Боже Хардкор Храни” and “Нет Победителей...” - are, as the titles already give away, completely in Russian, but their tough, hard rockin’ streetpunk sound is as international as it can get! Cool stuff.
On the flipside you’ll find Mob Mentality, an outfit that just keeps themselves busy and recently released their sophomore album “Liberty Or Death” through 8 Up Records! While we await the vinyl version of this release, the American skins threw two scorching tracks on this little slab of green wax! While you might be familiar with the track “My City” already if you purchased the “Marching To The Midwest” promotional CD, “Our Way Of Life” is an all new, all out attack against the political correct police trying to assail our - yup, way of life. Two killer tracks through and through!
Besides the release on 7” (green vinyl, 300 copies, fold-out sleeve), this split EP is also released by the same five labels on a cassette. So? Well, I’ll tell you... because aside the four mentioned songs, the tape contains two bonus-tracks, namely “Серая Сила” (originally by Brigadniy Podryad, covered by Winchester) and the surprising cover of “Salvation” by Mob Mentality, originally by The Cranberries! Great stuff!