New Band Of The Day: Razorblade Smile
Boisterous Glaswegian punk band Razorblade Smile have been around since 2008 but have yet to receive much attention (or even a label) – until now.
Not a new band as such (they’ve been going in a variety of line-ups since 2008), but one that’s been happily underground in the vibrant Scottish punk scene since their inception.
Razorblade Smile are non-conformist in the extreme. They don’t play the game. They don’t sell out. They exist in a world that Simon Cowell probably doesn’t even know exists.
Their songs are short, sharp, angry and embittered. This is a band that takes a stance against what they see wrong with the world around them and rail against it. Coming from areas of Glasgow that have seen their fair share of depravation, RS pull no punches in their onslaught. This isn’t a pop-punk band. This isn’t a career choice. This isn’t a fashion statement.
These people mean it, maaaaan.
Originally a four-piece with a drum machine that sounded like a division of tanks rolling over the M8, the then two-vocalist line-up & honed their sound into the assault that they have now.
Now with a “real”Â drummer and Kate Martin taking care of vocals alone, they’re a slightly more 3-dimensional beast than of old. Guitarist Shoddy Roddy’s kamikaze chords have given a multi-layered, metallic blaze to the songs nowadays.
Pass The Buck sees RS slow down their typical manic blur and is all the better for it. There’s even a little dub reggae feel to a couple of break-downs in their set.
Don’t be mistaken, this is not a band that normally takes any prisoners. Underground is a shout-along Ramones-esque pogo-fest. Beneath the wild abandon, there’s also a melodic sensibility. Witness Bought And Sold. Kate’s impassioned vocal has something of Eve Libertine’s lonely end-of-times poetry to it.
Keynote song, Govanhell (about their neighbourhood, Govanhill), is a Demob-like strafing run on social injustice. Censored Society sees sampled soundtrack parts amongst the punk carnage.
Bands like RS aren’t around for your entertainment. This is real world stuff.
Razorblade Smile are playing the GGI Festival in Ireland and play regularly around Scotland. They’re also opening for The Lurkers on 7/9/12 in Glasgow.