LP City Miles – Social Upheaval
The fact that these lads wanted to stay anonymous wasn’t a cheap gimmick, but because they wanted to start from scratch. Not to be praised – or judged, depending on your personal taste of course – or taken interest in because of what its members achieved in the past, or other running projects. All this changed with the sudden death of City Miles’ founding member Marc ‘Mates’ Maitland just before the release of the band’s debut album “Social Upheaval”. Unexpected, shocking – but above all, sad.
All this didn’t change my opinion on the record though. It’s been massive and incredibly catchy since day one (the day I got the master in to send to the pressing plant), and I am glad the band wanted to continue with this release – simply because songs like “Away Day”, “Choose Your Glory”, “Criminals”, “Empty Vessels”, “Thirty Degrees” and “Skinhead Till The End” are too good to put back on the shelves. Sure, I read the lyrics of the latter with a lump in my throat, while the strong, ultra-melodic sound with those typical British vocals immediately lifts me up – superb!
Now I’ve only mentioned about half of the 13 tracks total on “Social Upheaval” – but City Miles’ mix of sing-along Oi!, melodic punk rock and pretty much anything that comes in-between is killer from start to finish! If you haven’t heard these guys yet – though I find that hard to believe – it’s time to get your shit together and give these lads a go! Thanks for the glorious anthems, Marc – rest in power!