Vincent & The Onepotts ‘Best Of Enemies’ (Self released)
The long overdue follow up to the Onepotts ‘Devil’s Eye’ debut that was spat out back in 2009; having had ‘Best Of Enemies’ in the CD player for past week or so, I am delighted to confirm that the Brum based 3pc haven’t spent the time ‘finding themselves’ by exploring Nigerian deep jazz, Nepalese Dohori vibes, or Icelandic Rímur…
‘Best Of Enemies’ from the first note of the clamorous, pile-drive opener ‘Hurricane’ it’s clear the Onepotts have continued their journey into a world dominated by scuzzy oil-spattered metal, metal with a touch of glam, old skool rock ‘n’ roll, and first generation punk rock…’Hurricane’ stomps its engineer boots into your face, the gravel vocal from frontman Russ perfectly pitched amongst the buzzing guitars, whilst ‘Hell Yeah’ opens up the throttle – a no frills rock ‘n’ roll charger, the Onepotts thundering along a moonlit highway, the guitars drop away, dirty bass thunders to the fore before the entire thing reignites into an adrenaline soaked roar of fist pumping vocals.
Double sole creepers replace the engineer boots for ‘Dead Train’, the pace eases off; this is the Onepotts relaxing!! From the soundtrack, you can imagine the setting – a dimly lit bar, walls adorned with Sailor Jerry and High Voltage Tattoo posters, the smell of stale piss leaking from the toilet area, a bored bar tender serving only bourbon or Pistonhead, the battered CD player buried beneath Mötley Crüe , The Bones, UK Subs and Ramones albums, which leads us neatly into ‘Brothers of the Bowery’ – clearly the Onepotts paying homage to the Queens 4pc; it’s got all the energy that goes with a Ramones track, but has a clear identity of its own.
I need to catch this lot live once again, ‘Raise A Glass’ oozes mosh pit mayhem, colossal singalong chorus, multi-track guitars – this would ignite any audience, drums raining down around you – a glorious head rush of noise. ‘Another Girl’…certainly allows for Russ’ Perrett like vocal to shine, or is that connection just a little too obvious?, it’s more metal than punk, though the massed terrace chant would rival anything Cock Sparrer have ever put out…’Change Your Mind’ returns us to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, from the opening volley of a Vince Taylor styled guitar refrain and we are back to the Vincent’s own bar, drinking into the early hours before finally the cry of ‘Home James’ with its non to subtle rallying call of “carry me home”
The entire album rages towards the ‘All Fucked Up’ conclusion – a collision of Dropkick Murphys singalong and oxide fuelled punk mayhem, before sliding into a bizarre lighters in the air AOR section that even included birdsong and calypso guitar – Christ maybe they have been finding themselves!!
‘The Best Of Enemies’ is a huge sounding album, a collection of chest rattling drums, soaring vocals and hook laden riffs – and there lies the secret of the Vincent’s; an innate ability to write and deliver insanely catchy tracks, tracks that crash through your sensibilities, nestle themselves deep in your head and continue to rattle round long after the album concludes.
2. Hell Yeah
3. Dead Train
4. Brothers of the Bowery
5. Raise a Glass
6. Another Girl
7. Last Man Standing
8. Change Your Mind
9. Home James
10. Rebel Revolution
11. All Fucked Up