Folk-punk has had an illustrious past mention great bands like The Pogues or Tenpole Tudor or hop across the Atlantic for a dose of Dropkick Murphy’s; but my favourite band too date has to be the aforementioned Pogues. Just as well then, that Smokey Bastard in spirit and also in part owe the collective members of the mercurial Irish band a nod, and a pint or two.
As some twist of fate would have it, Smokey Bastard end up in 2011, a few years ago they would have made a considerable splash in the days of the mighty Stiff Records, but that is not to say, that with their label, Bomber Music the band will not suffer any less impact in 2011, it will just take a bit of extra hard work. That ‘work’ just mentioned is made a lot easier with a release as sure-footed and it must also be said, one entertaining video; both should ebb away people’s negativity. Although I can only report this as a third party, friend and fellow writer Simon Gray rates them as ‘one of the best live bands I have seen recently, huge fun” well he was worse for ware, but I think you get the point.
This is a cracking introduction to the Reading band – “with a drummer named “Buttons”, already with a cult live following; although Smokey Bastard we have to match the musicianship and quality of this single. It is a very good start; let’s hope it continues from here. 8/10