Scandal – On A Roll

Spirit Of The Streets Records
Written By Mark Jones

London based street punk’s Scandal have been one of my favourite bands of the last year or so and their self-released E.P ‘Street Punk’ is constantly on my playlist, so when I received their debut album I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it. ‘On A Roll’ which is out early next month through Spirit Of The Streets Records, features 10 melodic singalong anthems from a band who are at the top of their game.

If you are familiar with the band you will notice that half the songs on ‘On A Roll’ appear on last years E.P. But let’s be honest, how could you leave the likes of ‘Trouble’, ‘Bad Reputation’, ‘Need To Learn’, ‘Working In The UK’ and ‘It’s Just Punk Rock’ off your debut album, all of which are brilliant slabs of melodic street punk that you just can’t help sing along to.

Before I listened to the album I wondered how the new tracks would compare to the older ones, I soon realised they are just as good as the songs that appeared on ‘Street Punk’ and the album flows brilliantly well. Of the new songs the highlights are ‘Media Control’, ‘This Bloody War’ ‘Hometown’ and my favourite track ‘Always’, which is just over 3 minutes of sublime street punk. The album is well written and performed with some excellent riffs and bass lines that are topped off by the brilliant vocals by Gabi.

At the end of my review of ‘Street Punk’ I stated that this band are destined for great things and on this performance, I still stand by that. ‘On A Roll’ is an excellent debut album which I’m sure I will be playing non-stop for the foreseeable future. If you are fans of catchy, melodic street punk than this is a must buy.