Written By Mark Jones
After the success of the excellent debut albums by Top Dog and Brassknuckle, Rebellion Records have excelled again in bringing us more 80’s influenced British Oi! this time by Leicester’s B-Squadron and what a treat to the ears this is. The band have been around since 2015 when they debuted with the brilliant ‘Saturdays Soldiers’E.P and have gained themselves a strong fan base in the UK and beyond. If you ever get a chance to see them live you’re in for a treat. So we waited a couple of years for this debut album but when you finish listening to ‘Sons Of Tigers’ you will realise that the wait has been well worth it.
Kicking off the album is a terrace style intro about their beloved Leicester City F.C. before the menacing ‘B Squadron’, two minutes of raw sounding Oi! that sets the album up perfectly. ‘Mongoose Patrol’ is next up and after the first 2 tracks, I can already tell that this is one of my albums of the year and it gets even better when ‘Keep the Cover’ kicks in and the vocals by Travis are mean and menacing and are absolutely sublime. Next up is ‘Scratchcard Nation’, a brutal yet melodic gem of a song before an excellent cover of ‘Evil’ by the 4 Skins. Halfway through the album and I wonder if things can get any better and I’m soon proved they can with the brilliant ‘Means Of Escape’, an explanation of why most people got into Oi! music and for me is one of the stand out tracks by the band. The football related ‘Saturday Soldiers’ is next up before ‘This is England’, a nasty, raw and ferocious song and I love it, this is followed by yet another excellent cover and this time it’s Combat 84 to get the B-Squadron treatment with a superb version of ‘Rapist’. It’s difficult to pick a favourite track off this album but if I had to it would be ‘Working Class Heroes’, a tribute to the scene and the bands from the past and the new generation of bands that prove the scene is alive and kicking. Next up is ‘Day to Day’ which Travis shares vocal duties with Timmo from The Glory and is an absolute belter of a song before the album ends with the title track, a tribute to the servicemen from the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and a fine ending to one of the albums of the year.
There’s not much more to say other than if you’re a fan of bands like The Cockney Rejects, The 4 Skins, Combat 84 and The Glory then this album is a must buy for you. I’m going now to listen to this on repeat for the next few weeks.