Saturday, September 10, 2016

Red Alert "Excess All Areas" CD

September 10, 2016

"Excess All Areas"
Violated Records
Released: August 26, 2016

Red Alert formed in Sunderland (North East England) in 1979. So if you know punk, you know Red Alert. From their bio, they are "Still carrying the same ideals n morals to this day. Fighting racism n fascism since day one!" My introduction to Red Alert came in 1981 via the "Punk And Disorderly" compilation album. A truly landmark and influential record, to myself and many of my peers. Their song "In Britain" was one of the legendary songs on that compilation.

Thanks to Pat at Violated Records, even though I know Red Alert, I didn't have a copy of Red Alert's 2005 album "Excess All Areas". The album was released by Captain Oi records, so this is probably the first time "Excess All Areas" has been released in the USA. First time I've listened to it.

"A Distant Rhythm" is one of the dozen pure punk gems contained in the 50 minutes on "Excess All Areas". Give it a listen below. The melodies, the excellent songwriting, the energy, the musicianship all combine for a thoroughly enjoyable listen. This is one of those discs that makes you want to listen to the entire disc again after it is finished rather than move on to the next band or record. 

Tony Van Frater (guitar and backing vocals Red Alert, also played with Angelic Upstarts) left Red Alert after this album's released to join Cockney Rejects on bass. I am a huge fan of Cockney Rejects old and new material and it is very evident that Tony fit right in with the Cockney Rejects. It is very evident that if you love the Cockney Rejects like I do, you will love Red Alert's "Excess All Areas". Sadly, Tony passed away on October 29, 2015 at the age of 51 of a heart attack.

I suggest you pick up Red Alert "Excess All Areas". 

Frank FOE

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