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EAST TOWN PIRATES - Seven Seas Of Sin {Rumrunner} Second album from these Suffolk sons of Blackbeard, some of whom were in RED FLAG 77. It’s an album that took a few plays to work out. The whole pirate deal and punked-up sea shanties didn’t initially resonate on this follow-up to the rather good debut album reviewed below. But it was my mistake - I was listening with RF77 ears, not ears for a new band. So, with new ears in place, I played it again and discovered a distinctly rockin’ slab that frequently brought to mind THIN LIZZY - especially some of the deft and smooth lead guitar work - check out ‘Powderkeg’ and ‘The Revenge of Emmy Tot’. Elsewhere I heard hints of DROPKICK MURPHYS and TOY DOLLS and the acoustic intro to ‘Prisoner’s Lament’ was great, and that TURBONEGRO vibe was there, but lesser so. That acoustic guitar filled out a few tracks in fact, and it certainly added some depth. The occasional dual vocal between Rikki Flag and Jon Lear worked well too - noticeably individual voices but ones that complimented each other. Yep, it took a while to grasp, a different mindset and, while I still prefer RF77, this is also a bit of a corker - just in a different way. (29.01.14)

Hit HERE for material reviewed prior to 2012 including:
EAST BAY RAY AND THE KILLER SMILES. EASTER MONKEYS, EAST TOWN PIRATES (2 reviews), EDDIE AND THE SUBTITLES, EMOS, EVACUATE and EVERYBODY OUT