Fans of old school punk are likely to tell you that what gets labeled as punk now is seriously watered down from the early days of punk. That may be true, but there is still some punk rock out there that feels a lot like late-70s punk. On his new album Bizarro Hymns, Sonny Vincent shows that old-school punk is alive and well. In fact, he shows that right from the beginning of the album with a song called “Don’t Give a F**k”. With its gritty guitar, primal rhythm, and of course lyrics not suitable for radio, this song could just as easily have been recorded in 1977.
This album also boasts a fair amount of early AC/DC influence with guitar parts that rock hard, but are infused with a fair amount of blues. “Sink Hole” is a good example. No one is going to confuse this with a blues song, but you can hear a lot of blues in the guitar just like you can in AC/DC songs like “Can I Sit Next to You Girl”.
One of the interesting thing about this album is that even when Vincent slows things down like on “Picture Album”, he still manages to create an uptempo song. This one may not have you pumping your fist like some of the other songs on the album, but it still moves along at a pretty good clip. Speaking of pumping your fist, “Nitro” will have you doing just that. This song is all volume and tempo. If you’re listening to it in your car, you’ll want to blast it out your windows so everyone around you can enjoy it too.
Sonny Vincent is an old-school New York punk, and this album puts that on full display. If you’re a fan of old punk, this is an album you’ll definitely want to add to your collection. Bizarro Hymns was released on October 2 on Get Hip Recordings.