Skatepunks Laughing In The Face Of, To Release ‘Here Lies Ordinary’, their 2nd Full Album In Almost A Decade On 2/07/2020

Release Date: February 7, 2020

Label: Lockjaw Records                                       

Format: Digital & Physical

Master: The record was mastered by a friend and fellow skate punker John Harcus from Scottish punk band PMX.

Location: Birmingham UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Steve: Vocals / Guitar
  • Jon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
  • Jim: Bass 
  • Andy: Drums / Backing Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Running With Coffee, Regression Session, Projectile Dysfunction and Bullshit With A Smile

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, Implied Risk, Modern Goon, The Drowns, Ten Foot Pole, Lagwagon and the Descendents


A decade is a long ass time. If we look back at the last 10 years here in America. We have been at war the entire time, elected a fascist President, and the economy is currently hurting the poor more than ever. I mean it’s good for the rich, but very bad for the poor. So I feel like I speak for most punks when I say, “We need a bloodless revolution. We need to band together on all fronts to stop the horrible direction the United States is heading. Personally I need some new anger driven punk rock in my life. 

So what’s different about today compared to yesterday? I got word, Birmingham skatepunks, Laughing In The Face Of are dropping their first full album in almost 10 years, “Here Lies Ordinary” on 2/7/2019! We previewed their single for “Running With Coffee” back in September. I’m stoked to check out a new album from the band. 

The album kicks off with “Regression Session”. This track is killer! Forgive for my slang, but when I was kid things were being called “Killer” as opposed to “Cool”. Yep I’m a punk dad now. One of the many things I love about skatepunk is sometimes it can seamlessly blend straight into metal. Keep in mind I’m not really a metal fan, but I do like some.  “Projectile Dysfunction” is the next song and does just that with some amazing guitar and bass lines. 

“Bullshit With A Smile” feels like it starts out more on the pop punk side, before going nice and hardcore. I love this track! This tune will be stuck on repeat for a long time. Raise your fists it’s time to charge! Next up is my second favorite song on the record, “Running With Coffee”. This track is apparently 20 some years late to being on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack. The hooks and solos sound like old school Suicidal Tendencies.

“Modus Operandi” follows and is defined by Google as, “a particular way or method of doing something, especially one that is characteristic or well-established”. The track feels heavy with some ripping bass lines. Steve’s vocals are amazing as he leads the band through a rambunctious charge. “The Insane Continue” is next and speaks of mankind using technology to its downfall. That’s how Trump was elected after all. 

“Rationalisation Of Stupidity” is next up and is fucking perfected. See the Trump tweet above? Since we have a ton of fans from across the pond. I need to explain. The Kansas City Chiefs who recently won the big sportball game. Are actually from Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas. As an American student this is something you learn at a very early age. Yes both states host the city, but our “Dear Leader” is a certified moron. 

“Looks Can Be This Evening” come in next with a great assault. Damn I really want to go skate right now!  You can hear the guitar and bass battle this track out. Next up is “Helldweller”, the track reminds me of Strung Out as it bounces from hardcore over to skatepunk. This is pure anger as it works itself out.  

The 10th track is “Penguins”. I love Penguins they’re cute and appear cuddly. This song is no way cute or even cuddly. It’s time to hit the pit and get some emotions out as Steve’s vocals again go deep. “Reasons And Reminders”, follows and what is my first thought? When the hell is this band coming to the US on tour? This track is wicked!  

The final song is “From The Ground Up”. Again some amazing work on bass and guitar. The speed is insane and admirable. Skatepunks get your boards, it’s time to skate! This song is reminiscent of the Ft Collins based band, “I Am The Owl”. 

In conclusion I am throwing this record in as a nominee for best International Record for 2020! This album is 12 tracks of perfected skatepunk in every fashion. It’s angry, aggressive, and full of master craftsmanship. Here Lies Ordinary is available via Lockjaw Records on both 12″ vinyl and CD with multiple bundle options including an exclusive t-shirt design by Dan Allen, and two toxic colored vinyl variants. The album and single feature the vibrant artwork of Mark Bell.
Hit that pre-order link now, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/laughing-in-the-face-of-here-lies-ordinary/?mc_cid=7b97f745ce&mc_eid=2102aa2f56

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Track List 

  1. The Regression Session
  2. Projectile Dysfunction
  3. Bullshit With A Smile
  4. Running With Coffee
  5. Modus Operandi
  6. The Insane Continue
  7. Rationalisation Of Stupidity
  8. Looks Can Be This Evening
  9. Helldweller
  10. Penguins
  11. Reasons & Reminders
  12. From The Ground Up 

Links:

Laughing In The Face Of Drops First New Video Single since 2011, ‘Running With Coffee”

Release Date: 2019

Label: Lockjaw Records                                       

Format: Digital 

Location: Birmingham UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Steve: Vocals / Guitar
  • Jon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
  • Jim: Bass 
  • Andy: Drums / Backing Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Running With Coffee

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, and Face To Face


You need some new skatepunk in your life! In fact we all need new skatepunk in our lives. Birmingham, UK based, Laughing In The Face Of dropped a brand new video for “Running With Coffee”. Check it out below and stay tuned for more news as we get it! 

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Track List 

  1. Running With Coffee

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Fair Do’s – “Leopards”

 

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Release date: July 27th 2018

Format: Digital, physical, and vinyl

Label: Lockjaw Records

Location: Manchester, England

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Danny – guitar/vox
  • Dave – guitar
  • Josh – bass/vox
  • John – drums/vox

Favorite Tracks: Distress Call, Royal Flush, Cowabunga, Hostile Company, and Hanging

Sounds Like: All Out Helter, Propagandhi, Strung Out, The Shell Corp, Local Resident Failure, Main Line 10, United Defiance and War Fever.


Anger driven metal punk? Sounds GREAT to me…

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We are really fucking lucky here at CPRA. This week we reviewed so many different types of music.

We started it off with Aussie melodic punks, Nerdlinger. Then onto glitter surf punks, Hayley and The Crushers, and now we get heavy with the Fair Do’s.  Let’s check out their upcoming new release, “Leopards”.

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The album kicks off with by far my favorite song of all, ‘Royal Flush’. This track has some kick ass drums, awesome shreds, and vocals. Let’s flush the royalty out and for me that includes the American government. I wonder if Trump’s hair would make a cool swirly going down?

The next track up is, ‘Distress Call’, this one keeps up the melodic speed, with almost Dime Bag like bass lines. The drums again are fantastic. ‘Cowabunga’, is about not giving up a fighting for the common man. The vocals are fucking amazing on this one. The guitar riffs on this one are reminiscent of Maiden’s Dave Murray.

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Next up, ‘Hanging’, this song will definitely bring out the metal head in you. The combination of shred, and drums is insanely good. It only seems to get better when the vocals kick in.  ‘Closing In’, really reminds me of early Corrosion of Conformity. The range the vocalist can reach is fucking nuts. ‘Hostile Company’ continues the onslaught of progression and speed. Watch out for the pit on this one, somebody’s going to the hospital.

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‘Candleman’ continues the record and the mayhem. Again I hear very Dime Bag like bass lines, and awesome vocals. ‘In The Mean Time’, this might actually be one of their slower songs on the album. This track continues the extreme talent on guitar.

This track is another one of my favorites on the record. This one definitely needs to be heard on vinyl. ‘Lose My Touch’, I really dig the drums on this one. ‘Carried Away’ closes out the album. This one is less on the metal, but more on the melodic punk side. This is a great song with a perfected sound. It makes me wonder, are our leaders the Leopards circling us like prey? Or is it the exact opposite?

Overall this album absolutely shreds. The Fair Do’s have created an album which combines the brutality of metal with a melodic skate punk sound. Make sure to load this up on your playlist before participating in anarchic activities, haha! Get this one on vinyl for the best sound! Also be sure to check out Lock Jaw Records while you’re there!

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairdosband/

Bandcamp: https://lockjawrecords.bandcamp.com/album/leopards

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7cAuYl6Kzztzn9L3Q6xQXv