REVIEWS

"Sounds as if Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards and the New York Dolls indulged in a post-show drinking session with a gang of rowdy sea fisherman"
Rocktopia

"Adam Ant meets Tenpole Tudor via The Pogues...... would even give Levellers a run for their money"
Get Ready To Rock

"They sounded like a combination of Green Day fused with the more sleazy rock 'n' roll vibe of the Quireboys and Buckcherry"
BBC Radio


"One part Social Distortion, one part Roughneck Riot, one part Toy Dolls, some endebted American Dog vocals and tacks it on to raucous rocket powered sea shanties"
Purerawk

"Suffolk’s answer to Dropkick Murphy’s, but via the more sleazy rock n roll influences by the likes of Dogs D’Amour"
Mr Teeth Reviews






EAST TOWN PIRATES - SHIP OF FOOLS (Reviewed by London Celtic Punks)
A home grown band now hailing from the smugglers dens along the East Suffolk coastline of ye Olde Ipswich Towne they have come. With two critically acclaimed album’s behind them, 2011’s self-titled debut album on their own Rumrunner Records label and the follow up, 2013’s Seven Seas Of Sin they have been labelled quite appropriately as ‘Motorhead meets The Pogues’! A regular feature on the UK’s punk circuit and with regular headline appearances they are rapidly becoming one of this island’s better known punk bands. Similar in style to Pirate Copy from Kernow, who we featured in Part One of our Round-Up’s, in that while they have no Celtic instrumentation they do play in that style that is probably best known as Pirate-Punk that crosses into Celtic-Punk quite easily. So has the five year wait since the release of Seven Seas Of Sin been kind to them? Well you bet you last doubloon it has!!
We have twelve songs here clocking in at thirty six minutes and it is as catchy as hell throughout. It’s most definitely punk ROCK but has that accessible feel to it without compromising on their sound at all. At times it has the bluesy hard rock of AC/DC or The Quireboys and others the simple three chord majesty of vocalist Rikki’s last band Red Flag 77 who played just about every square inch of this fair isle in their time together. It’s not all fast as feck though and, it must be my old age, but I really loved ‘Dead Man’s Cove’ and ‘Betrayal’ which even though are the slowest songs here could hardly be described as ballads!! They even slip in a reggae tinged track ‘I, Hedonist’ which I’m not a big fan of but then I’ve always been in the minority there. Otherwise it’s the fast songs that dominate with the title track, the appropriately titled ‘Fast Track’ and ‘Voodoo Pirate Rock ‘N’ Roll’. The album ends with the standout track a re-working of ‘Prisoner’s Lament’ which appeared originally on Seven Seas Of Sin showcasing Rikki’s great punk rock vocals with just acoustic guitar backing before the song erupts and the rest of the band join in and leave the album on a real high. It’s all great stuff and just recently they have even been venturing to London a bit more so keep you eyes peeled for their next visit dust your waistcoat off, get your ‘Arrrghs’ in gear, shake your booty, and join in the fun with the motliest of motley crews around.





LCP

EAST TOWN PIRATES - SHIP OF FOOLS (Reviewed by Mr Teeth)
From the opening notes of “Ship of Fools” it’s clear the East Town Pirates are back and they haven’t changed their M.O.  Although, if you were wondering what the Pirates bring to our shores, look no further than “Voodoo Pirate Rock n Roll”.  Written by former guitarist, Admiral Murder, deliberately in answer to describe the groups sound.
This is an album full of thigh slapping, rum soaked, self-penned sea shanties turned up to eleven. Which, if you’re already familiar with the rock n rollers, is exactly what we’d expect following 2013’s “Seven Seas of Sin”. Along with the earlier, self-titled release, both of which had previously made their mark here at Mr Teeth Reviews.
Living up to their name, East Town Pirates continue to write pirate influenced tunes. With “Takers Lane” being no different, albeit itself an adaptation of a poem by Henry E Wilkes. Vocally, frontman Rikki Rumoldew falls into the leading role perfectly, bellowing out the lyrics in his best pirate persona via the less assuming county of Suffolk.
Then there’s the likes of “Dead Man’s Cove” which is a song that by name alone, almost writes itself. After all, with “Ship of Fools” East Town Pirates are everything you’d expect from a band that have the sleazy punk-rock of Johnny Thunders mixed with the post-glam sounds of Dogs D’amour.
In fact, this is a group of merry men that while taking 5 years between albums, have rarely strayed from what they’re good at. That is, however, until “I Hedonist” randomly ventures into a kind of ska/reggae number with a funky bassline from Shameless Seamus.
It’s then full steampunk ahead for “Fast Ride” and the East Town Pirates ode to Motorhead. It could be said, of course, that Lemmy was a pirate of sorts and one who certainly lived under his own rules. The song is deliberately and unashamedly an endless stream of Motorhead references, set to a backing track that could easily be mistaken for an “Ace of Spades” rip-off.
If the full on rock n roll doesn’t get your ship-a-rocking, then there’s the punk influences by the likes of the UK Subs. In fact “Higher Tide” has the Pirates giving a rare Charlie Harper acoustic number an electrified reworking, before it’s time to slap those thighs once more for the albums closer.
So, as the final riffs blast out your cabin, raise up your musical anchor and pour another tot of rum. It’s time to set sail, with the East Town Pirates taking us on another musical voyage upon their Ship of Fools.





Mr Teeth

EAST TOWN PIRATES - SHIP OF FOOLS (Reviewed by Uber Rock)
Three years in the making, this third album from Ipswich-based East Town Pirates actually landed on my desk a few weeks before Christmas. After just a couple of spins, it impressed me so much that it muscled its way into my ‘Albums Of The Year’ list, elbowing quite a few other worthy contenders out of the way in the process.
The reason for the protracted delay between their last album and this one is twofold. First of all, they rejected a hefty chunk of the recordings when they heard them, unsatisfied with the quality of what they had laid down. Then, guitarist Jonni Murder left the band.  The remaining four members – vocalist Rikki Rumoldew, drummer Rayna Terra, bassist Shameless Seamus (who I have to thank for winging this damn fine opus my way) and guitarist Kutthroat Kev – soldiered on, and even got around to laying down the 12 tracks which make up the album. Then new guitarist Sam Shackle joined in the fun – and, yo ho ho and bottle of rum, we’re now, albeit belatedly, climbing aboard the ‘Ship Of Fools’.
The band describe their sound as “Voodoo Pirate Rock n Roll”, and this is summarized in the album’s second song proper, which first featured in their live sets more than four years ago but now finally surfaces in recorded form. Before that, however, we have the virtually obligatory intro track, featuring a tolling bell and a haunting female vocal (courtesy of Kris Moore from Endgames), which segues straight into the title track, a scurrilous jig in the best rum-quaffing sea shanty style and a no-nonsense scene-setter for what is to come.
‘Voodoo Pirate Rock n Roll’ itself is built on a Sweet-meets-Quo opening riff before erupting into a riotous, full-filled power pop-meets-street punk anthem, resulting in a guaranteed floor-filler which pressgangs into dancing along to its infectious immediacy. ‘Libertalia’, telling the tale of mythical pirate party haven somewhere in the Madagascar region, is another joyous jig with a sense of devil-may-care don’t-give-a-fuck fun.  And that statement alone, sums up the overall feel of ‘Ship Of Fools’: yes, it does address a couple of serious issues – ‘Rat City’ looks at how “the town you grew up in has changed and the people have changed with it” (and not necessarily for the better) while closer ‘Betrayal’ speaks for itself) – but, like all good rock ‘n’ roll albums it does so in a way that makes you smile with delight rather than frown with consternation.
If you think that “pirate rock” begins and ends with the likes of Alestorm and Red Rum, then you seriously need to sign up for the crew of the ‘Ship Of Fools’, as ETP truly evoke a buccaneer spirit that would have good ol’ Cap’n Blackbird himself smiling in approval before leading another burl around the poop deck while setting the course for ‘Dead Man’s Cove’.  At the end of the day, it’s all about how you punk ‘n’ roll and ETP do it with a sense of panache and enjoyment that gets your feet a tappin’ and your head a noddin’ from the first note to the last.





Uber Rock
EAST TOWN PIRATES - SELF TITLED (Reviewed by Studs & Punks)
A vast land lubbers, splice the main brace and yo ho ho, well if ya haven’t guessed were talking pirate, not bollocks, well sort of, but yea pirate, someone said to me recently of the East town pirates, that they were alright but a bit too piratey haha, well no shit, would of thought the name would of given it away if not all the pirate flags and eye patches, anyway, to the point of this rambling, having recently been sent via a strong eastern wind, a copy of the East town pirates first CD, whilst awaiting the arrival of the New CD (long story that will be explained in the review for the New CD) I spent many hours listening to the First CD(this one) and felt that even though its been out sometime a mini review was required, now mini because most people will probably have this CD and so I will be talking to the converted, but if like me you have seen the band live but not for whatever reason bought the CD then this will be of interest to you.

So what do you get for ya gold?

A well 13 piece of eight are what, and a nice booklet, with some good photos and words to the enclosed shanty’s, a plus point for me, as I always like the words if possible. The production and sound of the CD is well balanced and will hold its own against any other ships out there.

East Town Pirates We kick off with a fast paced Singalong Sea shanty full of all things pirate harr harr, its catchy, its gnarly and a great way to start, huge song, all cannons blast away under full sail 8.5/10

Mutiny Pounding, rocking song this one, with everything you could want a bit of sleaze, a chunk of rock, a Singalong chorus, cant see why anyone would mutiny from this one, great rock n roll 8/10

Knife  Another slick rocker here, great drum and bass work coated in some nice rocking guitars and a gruff gritty vocal, in any other company this would be a scorcher but after the last 2 this drops slightly 7/10

The Ballad of Tobias Gill Oh for fucks sake you pirate bastards give me another big old skull and crossbones behemoth why don’t you, great story in the lyrics here all wrapped up in a pirate shanty of epic proportions, love the drop out section and the all guns blazing section after great stuff again 8.5/10

Murdertown rock n roll, bottle of Jack and all that, this feels a little cannon fodder to me, it’s a good rocking track but not raising my sails 6/10

Baby Strange Drums lead us in to a sleazed up rocking tune, less gravel in the vocal and some great backing vocals on this shuffle, this is a whole lot of rock and adds a welcome friendly port in a storm nice little solo riff too 7.5/10

A Smugglers Song  as we all gather around the acoustic guitar leads us in, as the story is unrolled, vocal soft, woahs in the background, until we burst through into a chugging big old head raised high, feel good tune, and just in case you forgot how pirate these guys are there is a fantastic riff midway to get ya dancing round the deck 7.5/10

Ship Ahoy  From the first dampened notes, through the power building intro and into the stuttering Singalong verse you know ETP have something here, drool is starting to appear in the corner of my mouth and a cheeky smile is rolling as we hit the chorus, its gutsy and dark and I LOVE it, haha this has me searching the horizon for there ship so I can board and join the scurvy crew, best track I have heard by them so far and worth the doubloons they are asking for this, where’s my cutlass? and again another great little guitar riff/solo and a drop out its you turn to sing section, its too much I need grog harrharr 9.5/10 

Little Things  how do you follow the previous track? well you try, this is an ok song, the verse is a little we
ak, but the chorus saves it, but its not on deck 5.5/10

Mr McGuiness  And the pirates are back, yo ho ho this is no dead mans chest, from the shanty guitar riff, rolling bass line, pounding drums, through to the vocals this is more upbeat pirate fair from the Ipswich boys 8/10

Given To Take  Rock n roll pure and simple and does nothing-wrong, nice little bass break 6/10

Broken Dreams more nice work from the pirates here, fast paced and full of action, unrelenting and bountiful 7/10

All Going Down Together  Right last chest full and boy is it full, a sleazy, bluesy, gutsy mother fucker, rattles through the verses and builds to the more subtle than usual chorus, but it works well, the verse is where its at in this one, the guys really work like a ship under full sail here, and that smile is back, monstrous rocking way to finish. Leaves an I want more after taste 9/10

So there you go, a brief glimpse into this the First CD from East Town Pirates, for those of you that don’t have it, I suggest when you buy your copy of the New album you get this one too, what a gem

Right where’s me cutlass and me Parrot

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EAST TOWN PIRATES - SELF TITLED (Reviewed by Fungalpunk)
I have already reviewed a 4 track demo from the East Town Pirates which contained 4 tracks that are found on this 13 track release. I was highly impressed by that initial listen and so expected much from the album and let me tell you that the lads have done themselves justice with a fantastic selection of songs that slice across the sonic board and will appeal to many a shabby bastard across the land. Produced with efficiency, constructed with skill these are highly melodic cuts to enjoy over and over and already we have a main contender for album of the year within our heavily laden midsts.
'East Town Pirates' introduces us to these sonic seafaring swines and does so with bravado, confidence and swinging good style. The swaying shanty opens and has one immediately enthralled by its friendly booze fuelled inflection. This signature song exposes a professional sound and acoustic exactness that is most delightful and at once we are impressed. Take note of this sensation because let me assure you that it never lets up. The initial verse sets sail and leads into the opening chorus waters without flaw and the first stage of a mighty voyage is had. 
'Mutiny' tumbles down with a mocking tone similar to a parrot cum Green Woodpecker on noxious nitrous oxide. The lunacy is soon settled and the sawdust is scattered on the puke laden decking via a vocalisation that is raw and scorched. The first stage is spacious and punctuated before slipping into a more levelled build up that goes straight into the regular chorus we can all join in with and thoroughly enjoy. Again the whole mix has confidence and accuracy and so no gripes can be created. Guitars, drums and gobs are all interwoven ideally and these salted scummers are slicing the surf without breaking sweat.
'Knife' boom blast in with one big blow before opening up into a mean driven song that has strict regulations and procedure that it chooses not to jump away from. Orthodox and the simplest piece so far, this could be cast overboard as being too darn safe but the way the band execute the sonic shipmate is with utter conviction and so a full Fungal award is given. The slight thriftiness of delivery works and one would do well to find fault. 
'The Ballad Of Tobias Gill' is a classic song of a hard done dude who suffered at the evil hands of prejudice. This clip from Information Britain helps throw light on the story:- 'The tale of Black Toby is a tragic one, almost certainly of prejudice leading as so often to injustice. In 1750 a regiment of Dragoon’s was spending time in and around the lovely village of Blythburgh. After a night of drinking the body of a servant girl, Ann Blakemore, was found beside the drunken form of Tobias Gill, a black drummer. People immediately leapt to conclusions, and after a hasty excuse for a trial Tobias was found guilty of her murder. He was sentenced to be hanged in chains on the spot on the sandy common where the girl’s body was discovered. After his execution, when villagers and officials considered things more coolly, it dawned on some of them that a terrible wrong may have been done – there had been no marks found on the servant girl’s corpse: had she died of drink? or simply expired of natural causes? And the disgraced dragoon had gone to his death pleading his entire innocence of the crime.' A sorry tale for sure and the way the East Town Pirates deliver it is both emotive and heartfelt with a darn good tune thrown in for good measure. A mid-way guitar bout of sweet riffage is perfectly placed and just the overall essence of this song and what it portrays about this judgemental human race is what wins my unanimous favour. Some songs work because the band has insight into what is needed and how to create that ditty - ETP come forth with high honours and prove themselves to be punk pirates of lofty sonic prowess.
'Murdertown' holds back and then confesses to being 'A useless fucker laying pissed on my back'. The song blossoms into a real swift, scything pip that isn't concerned with wasting time and having a wank on the plank. The strings are buzzed and create a more corrupted sound but this is generally a breeze to assess and comes out as a winner. The opening of 'Baby Strange' is similar to something I know but once more just can't pinpoint the source. This is one for all those in a struggling relationship and if any song on this CD is ear-marked as a 'single' release then I reckon this would be in the running. The primary approach is of a repetitive chorus line that is easily caught and joined in with. This is a sure-fire ensnaring element many will be trapped by and so I expect this one to get the greatest respect after the earlier spins. 'A Smugglers Song' is what it is and spills rhythmic booty into your lap and expects you to give worthy appreciation. With several different angles taken and a variation in pace this will not be thrown back at the player and yet more adulation will be offered. Easily played, no sharp edges to carve the critics up with and with a friendly digestable ambience - the ETP crew are thriving.
'Ship Ahoy' ​- A glistening guitar builds gently and is soon joined by the other maestros. First verse will have the punks in the pit singing along with before the meatier pre-chorus output prepares. The chorus itself is sublime and meets expected desires and leaves one with mouth agape. I have this lot on an 'Underdogs Morsels' CD due to be released real soon and this may be the track that you'll find on board the grimy myco-disk. No further explanation as to how I rate this number should be needed so I shall move on. 'Little Things' is shaded from the start and travels into a moonlit oasis where all players are casual, ready to retire but very alert. A song that increases its impression the more it is played. All acoustica is applied with care, no jarring noise is uncovered and so we are given another titbit to taste, consider and ultimately admire. The textures that lie just below the main impacting noise have no rough areas and one can lie back and let each and every melodic molecule do its stuff. On and on the fantastic sounds come and 'Mr McGuiness' is another top effort that vibrates with solid, weaving bass lines, breathes hard with a tangible Joie de Vivre and sweats with relish and ‘fuck you’ flamboyance. Careening around with control this crackin' number will have you active, happening and with no pause for thought. The glory of the tune is held high, swirling with victorious colours of sonica and all giving credit to a fine, fine band.
The last 3 offer no downfall of the Jolly Roger and these swashbuckling buggers take all in their path with dandy deliveries and sharp structured strokes. 'Give To Take' is an organised tear up likely to appeal more to the ones literally 'tuned in' whereas 'Broken Dreams' functions with firm feet and well oiled hips and goes for a more deliberate delivery that has focus on completing a steady task and gaining favour from those who like a reliable rock out. The finale goes by the name of 'All Getting Down Together' and most certainly isn't a call to all to wallow in the recesses of depression and darkness. No - this last number grooves hard, demands one closing shindig and keeps all the load in check and accounted for. Drums adhere all other participants and an easy as you go riff and roll shakedown is achieved.
A solid album from a solid band with the theme bulls-eyed by nothing less than accurate acoustic arrer chuckers. The previous leanings towards this being a contender for album of the year are validated so if ya can't wait a few months for my decision go forth and pick this up and make up your own mind for it is a veritable gem that needs no extra polish and no unnecessary criticism. Right on Scabbies! (Review by Dave HT) 
Fungalpunk
EAST TOWN PIRATES - SELF TITLED (Reviewed by Mr Teeth)
If you’re into sleazy rock n roll such as Hanoi Rocks, Backyard Babies or Dogs D’amour, then check out this self-titled release from Ipswich’s East Town Pirates – an album filled with good ole drinking tunes that will make you want to kick off your boots, grab a bottle of rum and sing along.
The sing along tracks of which I speak, come in the form of the instantly catchy “Ship Ahoy” and “Murdertown”, whilst the likes of “Knifes” and “Baby Strange” are more in your face and to the point.
Then halfway through the album there’s the unexpected cover in Rudyard Kiplings “A Smugglers Song”, which title alone is of course in keeping with the pirate theme, but East Town Pirates also make it feel as though Kipling could have written it for the band himself.
With Rikki Rumoldew sounding like a man on sixty a day, his vocal style is a perfect complement to the guitar riffs ripped up by the aptly named Jonnie Murder and Kutthroat Kev, which in turn are backed with Shameless Seamus on bass and Zak Cousteau behind the kit.
So from the opening drum roll to the last note on “All Going Down Together” this debut is right up there with some of the aforementioned artists, so if this hasn’t wet ya whistle then be prepared to walk the plank… yarrr.
Mr Teeth

EAST TOWN PIRATES - SEVEN SEAS OF SIN (Reviewed by Rocktopia)
Sink a tankard of ale and give these troublemakers a jolly good listen.
More seafarin' shenanigans from East Town Pirates and their boozy pirate punk rock. The East Anglian song smugglers sailed back to shore after taking their self-titled debut to the land lubbers, devouring every ale house drop and fiery wench in sight. (Probably...)

Second album 'Seven Seas Of Sin' sounds as if Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards and the New York Dolls indulged in a post-show drinking session with a gang of rowdy sea fisherman singing tales of salty seamen, booze and dangerous women, and recorded the results before the evening descended into unconscious silence.

Of course, there are laughs to be had; a register of band members with names such as Rikki Rumoldrew (vocals), Kutthroat Kev and Admiral Jonnie Murder (guitars), Shameless Seamus (bass) and Zak Coustea (drums) is not begging you to take the whole thing too seriously. But we're not talking about Punchline Rock (that'll never catch on) bands like Steel Panther, no. East Town Pirates will raise a smile but their gravel voice-fronted punk rock does more than enough to impress. Rikki Rumoldrew is clever enough to know when to add a little smirk and when to make the words so dirty you might need a wash afterwards.

The choruses are instantly available for a sing-a-long; 'The Curse Of Captain Blood', 'Throw Your Arms Around Me Darlin'', 'One For M'Lady' and 'Seven Seas Of Sin' were made for crowd chanting with anchor-sized hooks swaying from Rumoldrew's ragged voice and those lively, fizzing guitars.

In a time when the world is full of bad news it's a pleasure to have a band like East Town Pirates around. Sink a tankard of ale and give these troublemakers a jolly good listen.

Dan Bond
Rocktopia
EAST TOWN PIRATES - SEVEN SEAS OF SIN (Reviewed by Studs & Punks)
Nice packaging more eye catching than last time with the Crisp, bright skull logo emblazoning the front, inviting all pirates to come on board, and again housing the lyrics to all songs so a full on singsong can be undertaken..

Glory Days  Opening track is always important and so here we go, slow count and in we go, a pirate shanty cracks the whip and sails away, a glorious, upbeat pounding punk rocky song, brings all the glory of the previous album back, great guitar work mid way and the backing vocal crew make this a nice Singalong ditty, get your best pirate voice ready, the east town pirates are back, great production again a little deeper and meatier than the previous one, but still crisp and clear, I am now thinking I may be in for another Pirate pleasure trip. 

The Curse of Captain Blood A Jumping, stuttering rocking tune has you shaking ya body to the beat, great story being told in the lyrics, draws you into the innards of the song, and doesn’t let go, again catchy and with more Singalong, its over all too soon, still better to end early than drag it out too long, more grog and on we go harr harr

The Revenge of Emmy Tot Well based on a true story of one of the very few women who were at sea in the time of the pirates, who was seen as being so brave by Earl of Eglinton that a image of her with sword and severed head in hand was added to his coat of arms and is still there to this day, want to know more? Listen to the song, right back to the song, as it powers in, wrapped in a pirate powered riff, you are compelled to reach for your lass or any strumpet or wench for a jig round the deck, again a lyrical story following the true tale of Emmy Tot that is both fun, and educational harrharr, it soon has you hooked and eager to hear the full story, catchy verses all lead up to the chorus statement and then some more guitar riffage to keep you healthy, how could you not love this? Pirate Gold

John Dobbs Bones Ok we enter this track with our rock on full, crunching, grinding, chugging, backed by popping drums and gritty bass work and some smooth bluesy guitar lickerage, vocals again telling a story with that cheeky gruff piratey voice has you intently listening, great backing vocals in the chorus is yet another join in opportunity, great little harmony at the end, brings yet another song on the sea to an end

Throw your arms around me, darling As the guitar melody plays the vocal enters and replaces the guitar melody, slowly the song builds, layer by layer, each time repeated something new is added, until we get back to the guitar melody and then, verse 2, this is another jolly sea shanty, a love song this time if you like, a girl in every port, or just one love, you decide, a nice breakdown and spoken word section towards the end is another nice added touch, then just time for one last jig round the deck as the guitar slowly sinks into the sea, yeah the ETP still rocking with dance paced, addictive songs.

Prisoners Lament As the sun begins to set this prisoners lament, a last word to family, friends, countrymen, a look into the distance at the life that they have lived, its poignant and sad, with no hope of change, the first section with vocal dusky and solemn with a soft acoustic backing, is just inspire, the picture it paints is just what the captain ordered, slowly the shuffling drums and bass join the party, creating a great atmosphere, still sombre and gaunt, but this is the ETP, there about fun and upbeat, frilly shirted, stripy trouser, big booted, flintlock firing devilment so of course the pace picks up, of course the feel and tone rises, the beat pounds harder and the crew dance to celebrate the end of the Prisoner, lyrically sad but the music and big old backing vocal bring up the spirits, a clever track this, not my favourite but a welcome member to the scurvy crew, and yet another moment of quality.

Avery (The Fall of Henry) A call to arms guitar riff leads the way nicely and a drum roll builds are anticipation, some blues rhythms and an upbeat melody is what you find here, for me the verse is weak, and samey really and the bridge section is weaker still as the vocals sound as if they’re struggling almost going out of tune and are lacking something, which is a shame as the chorus section although not what you would class as a traditional catchy chorus is in fact very catchy and drags you in, coupled with the guitar intro its class but as I say let down by the verse and bridge section for me, I do feel sorry for henry dying lonely on the street though….

One for M’Lady Here we go, the guitar fires a volley across the bow as the flag rises from the east tattered and torn but ready for action, bluesy pirate rock n roll pushes to the front, cut down rattling verses, fires into the yo ho ho all together chorus, these guys know how to write good solid songs that make you want to don ya bandanna, cutlass and musket and head off to sea, great slab of rock n pirate roll here.

Rumrunner Well I am always up for some liquid salvation, so get that ship to port and lets drink drink drink, to ETP, friends and fun, another cannon volley of pirate rock n roll here, its catchy, its packed to the top with ETP pirate swag and another winner, enough said I think.. 

Another Day Excuse me people; do you fancy a singsong? Yeah? well here you go, right in ya face, haha, rocking the ship from the Bilge to the crows nest, no yellow jacks or trips to execution dock here, just pirate rock n roll party times, and if you don’t join in, you will walk the plank, its what I have come to expect from the East Town Pirates, a sea shanty rolling and rocking in the rigging.

Seven seas of sin So here we are at the title track, the Admiral of the Black, so come on matey lets join the furore, grab your lass and here we go, slightly slower than previous songs but still packing a punch from the off, the rolling bass in the verse gets you moving, this builds up, then unexpectedly the drums stop, as we pull back the hammer and bang pound into the chorus, it’s a good old sing along chorus, simple and sure with all crew singing loud, Johnny is having a good time on the seven seas that’s for sure, sleazey guitar solo ploughs through leading to another build up back forth vocal building higher and higher,  then chorus time again, again showing the tightness of the guys playing, spot on, clever old pirates.

Powderkeg Well track 13 sees us at the end of the journey and how shall we bow out?,well hard and grizzly is how, gravel fuelled verse vocals snarl and sneer at you before a big old sing out loud chorus and a iron maiden guitar led instrumental section, not sure about that but its soon over and were back to the singing and drinking, as the cannon sounds the end, I am seeking another song haha, oh well back to the start haha.

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot, Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho

So there you go album number 2 is finished and done, did they manage to create another chest of Gold? Well yes I think so, its not a carbon copy of the last album and there is plenty of progression and change, yes the songs are still piratey, but as was stated before its in the fucking name, so yeah pirate themes adorn all the songs, the production is as good as last time although mixed slightly differently, so that’s all good, personally I would say for me I need both these Cds as I think the first one has a few real breath taking classics, but also some very average moments, where as this one has a much more even keel, it rides the crest but never bursts over the top, so although over all the songs are better on this one the Pirate gold of the ETP collection is on the First CD, so lads next time I am expecting a lot, harrharr.

Also let me know what you think people, and maybe even write your own review. Can’t imagine you wont love this band, well unless you don’t like pirates, and then you can just fuck off!! 
I liked the band when I saw them live and now having spent time with the CDs I have to say I am a fan and am now off to order a ETP shirt harrharr
Hear that noise? That’s the drawbridge raising on the Punk rock Castle, so its time for you to leave,  till next time ya scurvy reprobates.

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EAST TOWN PIRATES - SEVEN SEAS OF SIN (Reviewed by Fungalpunk)
And so, after a very long wait loaded with anticipation, the ETP crew throw up their latest CD and immediate thoughts are as to whether or not the wait has been worthwhile? The band have set a heady standard in the past and produced some absolute gems and this time around have the unenviable task of trying to raise their game and win a new army of followers. From the landlocked shores of Ipswich any headway the band have made has been slow and steady but they are getting there (wherever 'there' may be) and the vibes within the undercurrent are more often than not positive (about time too). So here is my latest take on proceedings and apologies in advance for the obvious slant taken on the review - it shouldn't be done but it has (to a restrained extent) - I hope all points and emotions are clear and not lost in a sea of descriptive dabbling.
'Glory Days' is the first flashing cutlass to be whipped from the finely laden scabbard of sonica and at once the lofted production values, the bands ever improving artistry and the natural theme of this CD grabs you and for the next 13 tracks never lets go. The general gist of this opening pearler is of liberation and the band duly make the 'big impact' so desperately needed. Massive drums, a shanty shindig, a rum ragged gob and of course an all consuming chorus - you will have to walk the plank if ye rate this as wank I'm afraid (them's the rules). A choice and expected start - the crew never fail to impress. 'The Curse Of Captain Blood' displays historical knowledge and hammers out to sea with the flag of sonic victory fluttering with glory. A tempered launch and then numerous big waves are sought and mastered as this melody soaked heave ho undulates with the shift of the self created whipped up waters. Ideally blended, wonderfully played and including a yarn to ponder - the journey looks to be a memorable one.
'The Revenge Of Emmy Tot' is a personal fave for many convincing reasons, let me elaborate please. The tale we have here is of a true story regarding an attractive fearless lass Emmaline Tot. In the days of piracy Emmy was taken to sea against her will by a Dutch vessel commander, namely Jan Van der Goot, whom was besotted by Emmy and would not take her initial refusals to his advances as a 'no'. Once on board Emmy was locked in Van der Goot's cabin where she was held captive until the Dutchman decided what to do with her. Returning to his cabin in an inebriated state Van der Goot went to sleep on his bunk after finding Emmy apparently asleep in a corner. Emmy was biding her time and no sooner had her captor dozed off than she got up and plunged a knife into his evil heart. Following this Emmy cut off the head of Van der Goot with his own sword, went up on deck and held it aloft thus forcing the crew to return her to the seaport of Irvine where our heroine was a lady in waiting. The Earl of Eglinton was hosting a banquet at Eglinton Castle, just outside Irvine (for any sea captain within the harbour at the time) and being impressed by Emmy's bravery he added the figure of a girl holding a sword and a severed head to the crest of his coat of arms as a tribute, There ends the history lesson now go check out this tune. The song is a gem, the lyrics exact and intriguing, the passion poured forth utterly absorbing - I will not piss about here - the whole explanation to a classic should be obvious.
'John Dobbs' Bones' is more reality and rhythmic pleasure hoisting this band to greater levels of appreciation from this respectful admirer. A good twist inward, the usual shantified melody, a fine controlled and salted chorus, a joyous crowd capturing snip that is harmonised and sweetly lilted. An inner rush of turbulence over ragged waters keeps us attentive and yet again a faultless golden nugget is bagged. 'Throw Your Arms Around Me Darlin'' is the soppy moment and still the crew maintain the chosen theme and make this a total time warp of preciseness that is an ‘on deck’ jig to delight in. A serenade, a lull to the loved, a reeling rise to many a crescendo where skirts will fly free, breeches will be hitched up and many a flagon of grog will be consumed. 'Prisoner's Lament' is a quality structure built in two opposing yet complimentary sections. The opening account is semi-spoken and reinforced by gentle acoustica whilst the rest of the song is a full on band expulsion - both parts unite in telling the tale of a captured villain who has no hope of escape. Both segments have clarity, coherence and parallel tones that blend together to make another finely executed piece.
Taut, twisted pulsation, a roll of the drums several times over - a definite foot slamming, thigh slapping burst that will even have the parrot on ya shoulder dancing. The initial stagger is injected with extra life with a lead to the chorus which itself develops finely as the sticks slam it home. I am trying to avoid the obvious theme again but am finding it hard - this one fires many cannons and does much damage to our challenging vessel of resistance - 'Avery (The Fall Of Henry) is more historical trivia but this song is far from trivial - if ya get my gist. 'One For M'Lady' starts with rushing rhythm before adopting a sub stop/start fashion and nailing yet another ‘pick up, play, enjoy’ cut of mild, easily digestible sound. The textures are sharp and silky, the intention to create simplistic quality captured - the awkward and challenging question I would like to throw in completely out of the blue is 'what is the longevity of these songs?' I ask because instantaneous winners such as these usually don't last as long as the slow growers we are all too aware of - worth a thought at this inappropriate time I should think (now that's punk)!
4 left and a quick rundown so as to avoid tedium setting in. 'Rumrunner' is a casual and gentle journey that is a completely safe smuggle, scrubbed up and without threat. In fact this CD isn't about threat but embracing your good nature and asking you to just enjoy the trip. This is the weakest song of the lot but even after a few bevvies you'll be loving it and will be up on yer tootsies. 'Another Day' is a ensnaring number that dips off deck and deals with the stresses and strains of gigging, swigging and frigging in the rhythmic riggin'. Again - quite a wholesome swish of the blade and cutting through my critical stance without a problem - yeah - I like this slick number. 'Seven Seas Of Sin' is strictly within theme and not even challenging my acoustic roots - a good thing, a severe error - you make up your own mind. For me over this 12 track range the band get away with it but I would suggest caution for the next effort. Again what can I add for this and the closing 'Powderkeg' - the band are going through easy motions, don't even seem to be breaking sweat and are rattling out casual quality verse and chorus sections with aplomb. Sometimes you get CD's that leave you with little to say - this latter bunch do just that which is complimentary in its own right.
A great album, a consistency well found and stuck to - if you weren't a fan before you will be after this. The problems will arise in due course when the band begin to write something new as I feel more of the same will be a critical overdose and they are going to have to work out something darn special to top this. So far though this is a ‘crest of a wave moment’ and I can only thank em' for asking me to type up a textual appraisal. Good stuff lads and remember next time I will be expecting something new, nasty and one step up - oh ye poor buggers - what heady suicidal standards have ye set? I await thy response! (Reviewed by Dave HT)
Fungalpunk

EAST TOWN PIRATES - SEVEN SEAS OF SIN (Mr Teeth Reviews)
So the East Town Pirates are back with their second instalment of dirty rock n roll, and for those of you that think bands often struggle with that difficult second album then look no further than Seven Seas of Sin where Ipswich’s finest have quite rightly taken the if it ain’t broke why fix it approach.
From the opening notes of “Glory Days” you can feel it’s going to be just as good as their debut, with the track providing a tune filled with instant thigh slapping appreciation for this bunch of pirates.
The rock n roll knees up continues with “the Curse of Captain Blood”, which in name alone shows this is still very much keeping the pirate theme alive – it’s not a novelty factor though, for this is a stomping tune complete with sing-along chorus reminiscence of tracks from the bands’ debut.
There may well be other songs about men of the sea in “John Dobbs Bones” but not all pirate stories are about bearded one eyed monsters with a hook for a hand, take “the Revenge of Emmy Tot” which lyrically depicts the tale of the legend that is Emmy Tot, a woman who certainly shouldn’t be messed with, so maybe this is why it’s necessary to introduce a love song into the mix with “Throw Your Arms Around me Darlin”.
Don’t worry though as the pirates haven’t gone soft on us, there aren’t any ballads on the album which keeps the energy going throughout and captures the live feel of the band, with “Another Day” and “Rumrunner” going back to the more straight forward punk orientated numbers before the albums’ title track sums up what the East Town Pirates are all about.
As for what this is, well the reason East Town Pirates are so appealing is the sea shanties provide some good ole beer swigging numbers but mix this up with great guitar riffs provided by Johnny Murder and Kutthroat Kev and you have a combination that you can’t help but bounce along to.
So grab a large bottle of rum, a keg of beer and come sail the seven seas of sin, for this is a journey where even the most innocent of stowaways won’t be able to resist temptation.
Mr Teeth