Hooligan Crooners: From Paradise To Halfway (And Back Again)
French/Belgian Anglophile Retro-Punks second EP got missed last year, so here’s a short sharp review
Without appearing complacent, there’s not much I can say about this second EP by the Crooners that I didn’t say about their first here. and I don’t like to repeat myself, I say, I don’t like to repeat myself.
‘Maybe we’ve moved on to more of a Give ‘Em Enough Rope sound on this one’, ventured Barry from the band. Naaah, mate, sez I. It’s still wonderfully evocative of the sound of the Boys or a Mick Jones-fronted Clash, just before the second album maybe. There have been a few bands which sound like this from the Carpettes to Die Toten Hosen to the Godfathers to the ‘Simply Hardcore’ single by Gold Blade. Thing is, there is always and will always be an audience for it; Lads (and ‘birds’) who love a bit of punk rock guitar and unpretentious sing-along tunes, And have a liking for black t-shirts with a band logo on!
There are some interesting remixes too as a bonus for those into remixology as well as trad-punk rock’n’roll.
So anyway, here’s a video for the lead track. A nice simple on-the -road, cut and paste job which doubles as a T-shirt ad!
Paradise and Halfway are “two real-life districts in Sheffield” if you were wondering. Hooligan Crooners release a split album (with B-Leaguers) on March 31st.
The band also tour the UK in March/April so try and catch them at one of these dates;
UK Tour Dates
29 March 2017 The Doghouse Nottingham
30 March 2017 (w/ B-Leaguers) Lincoln, Lincolnshire (venue tbc)
31 March 2017 (w/ B-Leaguers) Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield
1 April 2017 Punk & Disorderly Festival, Salisbury
All words by Ged Babey