As the tide turns is the long awaited debut album from Matilda’s Scoundrels on TNS Records. The Hastings based folk punk 6 piece formed in 2014 and have released some brilliant ep’s over the last few years full of sing along instant classics with a sea shanty punk rock feel to them and the album shows that they are perfecting a rather unique sound.
Combining a classic punk backline with acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, banjo, tin whistle allows a switch from Dubliners to Descendants and back again in the same song. Add in the dual (very different) vocals growling from either side allows Matilda’s Scoundrels to span a magnitude of genres from folk to punk to ska to hardcore. If you imagine watching a music video while listening to a completely different song and for one moment it syncs up perfectly. That confusing but wonderful moment when you can’t decide which bit is you enjoy more is the feeling I get when listening to Matilda’s Scoundrels.
After a busy summer playing festivals all over the country including Rebellion; Boomtown Fair; Outcider and Beautiful Days as well as shows in Europe and gigs with The Levellers, Street Dogs and The Dead Maggie’s. It’s safe to say that Matilda’s Scoundrels have been keeping themselves busy in preparation for this release.
As the tide turns may well be one of the best folk punk album of 2017 which is no small fete considering that most of the biggest bands in the genre have released album this year including Dropkick Murphy’s, Flogging Molly and The Tossers amongst many others.
From start to finish there is not a bad track on the album which is making it difficult to pick favourites. Bow to the powers is the first song released by the band before the album release and is a great introduction to the band. It possibly sounds more like Matilda’s Scoundrels than any other song has before. If that doesn’t make sense there is a link to the video at the bottom you will understand after watching.
From the last time I got to see Matilda’s Scoundrels Bottles of Rum was the stand out track for me from the new songs that they played and today at least is my favourite song on the album at least from this play back, only time will tell.
The entire record is an incredible bringing together of new and old music styles in the most perfect of mash ups to create sea shanty punk rock that will have you shouting every word in no time at all. Matilda’s Scoundrels basically sound like all of your favourite bands playing at the same time without actually sounding like any of them. They have a very unique sound and I hope they are heading for big things.
The band described the making of this album as “a labour of love” and it shows, it flows perfectly between tracks and even with changes in tempo and style nothing seems out of place. I can’t recommend “As the tide turns” enough if you like your music to make you dance, sing whilst at the same time rage about the state of the world I think you are going to like this one. Just buy it already!!!
- Elliott, Mersey Celt Punks
The first single video from the album “Bow to the powers”.
As the tide turns is released on 7th September on CD, vinyl and mp3 from the link below.
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