Record of the Week: SYDNEY DUCKS Stray Dogs/He Lives for Today 45

August 19th, 2011 by

There’s been a new wave rising over the last few years that, in my eyes, is keeping punk legitimate in an era threatened by being mired in nostalgia and mediocrity. With such disparate bands like YOUNG OFFENDERS and CRIMINAL DAMAGE and now the SYDNEY DUCKS, this new generation (made largely of people from older generations) manages to create a fresh, new bluecollar punk sound while staying purely traditional at the same time. SYDNEY DUCKS achieve this by doing away with the repetitiveness common to Oi! and replacing it with dashes of influences ranging from mid tempo hardcore to a bit of first generation post punk. The resultant sound is like the TEMPLARS crossed with IGNITION or something. Both tracks on this debut single are killer and will leave you awaiting further releases. Definitely track this down. (Sydney Town Records)

— Bob Goldie

2 responses to “Record of the Week: SYDNEY DUCKS Stray Dogs/He Lives for Today 45”

20 08 2011
biff tannon (01:01:26) :

This single is perplexing. The music is SOOOOOO good, but the vocals are pretty boring and generic in that gruff; I’m an oi! singer way. I wish the vocal quality matched what is a really nuanced and great band. But maybe that is the point and I am missing it….

29 08 2011
catastrophe (13:30:21) :

you should have reviewed that DEAD ACES album…I hope you have read the review…apparently there is no such thing as Blue Collar punk (made by punks who even live in the city given the nickname ” the collar city” for it’s once huge shirt collar factory…I’m not even fucking kidding…shirts used to come WITHOUT COLLARS!!) apparently all punks live free of any sort of work and those who believe anything other than that should AND I QUOTE…”GO DIE.” …sounds like someone needs to talk it out?

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