BLOODY REJECTS – Ready-Set-Go CD
I wonder if anyone remembers the hoo-haa which followed after a band called Blood-I-Rejects somehow “released” an album under the auspices of the infamously-dodgy label “Strange Culture Records” some 10 years ago in 1998.
When I met one of the band members in Singapore recently, she pointed out on the lingering disappointment and anger felt by the band due to the poor treatment dished out to them by the record company. It may have been a decade long but that bruise is still raw.
For a lot of us who were active back in the late 90s, Blood-I-Rejects went away unnoticed for years. It’s only recently the band began to crop up again on some gig flyers with a bit of name-change. On further investigation, I found out that an EP was put out last year. The once an-all-girl band is now operating with one male on drums (awesome drummer actually!) and they have been active gigging, even went on an Indon tour.
Not remembering how they actually sounded like back in the day, this nine-song CD is like my first introduction to the band and i have to say I’m digging it. Musically, Bloody Rejects reminds me of pre-metallic NYHC, when the sound of UK82 and early Oi! were adopted by American boot-boys who cocked one ear towards early 80s HC.
It’s a cruising-for-a-bruising, full-steam ahead bulldog attack; quite simplistic with its three-chords rifferama but the ferocity of the delivery would dent the sides of your head. The production is clear, gritty and punchy, with the gloss rightfully minimised to take a back seat to the strenuous, vocal-chords shredding up-front. The guitar sound rips too!
At some points I saw images of Warzone attending a huge mosh-pit while dressed in beautiful but torn and bloodied silk blouses!
“8 Years” by Bloody Rejects
AVAILABLE AT THE RICECOOKER SHOP FOR RM20