Smashing their way into your need-to-listen-to list come The Interrupters with their third album, ‘Fight The Good Fight’. It’s got a lot going for it, and has the addition of having Tim Armstrong as producer and co-songwriter. You won’t want to miss this one.
All the way through the album, the band live up to their ska-punk genre. Aimee Interrupter’s vocals bring the punk, whilst the Bivona brothers match it with their unmistakeable ska riffs and beats. Ringing true from the very opening of ‘Title Holder’, the band have struck a perfect balance.
That balance continues but is paired with a great mixture of other influences in ‘So Wrong’. There are echoes of early blink-182 and The Only Ones, finished off with a dash of Joan Jett resonating through Aimee’s vocals. However, the band are not solely relying on their predecessors to give them inspiration. The lyrics boost the song from a jamming session to something that has The Interrupters written all over it. They have really toned up their songwriting, undoubtedly helped by Armstrong’s expert hand.
Lead single ‘She’s Kerosene’ shows that the musical development wasn’t just a fluke. It’s tight, it’s snappy and is full of all the ska-punk drama you’re here for. A proper bop to get you in the mood for busting out some impressive dance moves*. (*dance moves guaranteed, impressiveness is not).
This album bursts with delightful nuggets, one of which is ‘Got Each Other’ which features the punk gods Rancid. The track takes the companionship and understanding of punk music and combines it with the versatility and variety of two great bands collaborating. It is a feelgood necessity during times of uncertainty.
What is a punk album without its political motives? Stemming from its feelgood forerunner comes ‘Broken World’. It carries the comradeship from the personal to the outside and is full of indirect political purpose. “We’re crying out for unity and the battle’s just begun” can be applied to any given political situation, making the song poignant, relevant and powerful. Is it too much to ask for the World Leaders to give it a listen?
If ‘Broken World’ was the indirect remark, then ‘Outrage’ is the full-on direct punch. Angrier and rougher, the song uses the vocals and drums as a driving force in the most pointedly of ways.
Whether you need to dance the night away or to get angry at the world, The Interrupters have got your back. The band have come a long way since their previous releases, and it will be exciting to see where they go from here.