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Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed May 05, 2010 8:13 am

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby m5surfer » Tue May 25, 2010 4:53 pm

^^^^ Who's the OLD guy playin a big wooden thingy wiv lotsa strings on it :wink:
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue May 25, 2010 6:08 pm

dunno ... but he looks a right cunt!
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

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:? I thought it was Bill Oddie !
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed May 26, 2010 8:04 am

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun May 30, 2010 10:18 am

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AFS - NO WONDER/TV MINDS SPLIT SINGLE

On red vinyl the Carl Arnfield fetish for VD (vinyl disks you nobs) continues. The whole spectrum awaits the raping sonic todge of Mr A and his coat of many tunes, and so one wonders when the striped one will appear (it's just gotta happen). This latest offering is from his most excellent band, namely AFS, an outfit I have grown with and have always adored. The band are maturing all the time with different textures and layers added as time goes by. This is their latest effort and a little taster from their forthcoming album 'Trash Vegas' - ooh I can't wait!

The initial safety net that is offered in the first few bars of 'No Wonder' has one thinking if AFS are going all retro on us. No sooner are things assumed then the net is whipped away and a sub-skank sound is tinkled out that has one on the back foot. Neatly played and against Munki Boi’s gruff and rough sub-stated utterances the mix is quite a contrast. Between the first two skankoid verses is typical AFS chorus puke with a likeable melody that sticks. Ad a bit of showman guitar and back around we go. A very, very nice effort and although the singing and guitar are a fraction short of complete harmony one can't help but applaud the new move in the AFS routine. No genuine gripes and a formula to stick at and hone at leisure. A bit of brass is surely an option worth considering too and as long as the band are reaching out the better they will be.

'TV Minds' bounces in with a two boom salute between a reception gone dodgy (repeat). The first chorus is highly textured and has MB stretching his vocals against the squelched guitar back drop. The pace is unhurried and very self-assured and this is a real gem in the Acoustic Foot Soldier catalogue and one I have listened to over and over. A real progression in a sound done many times by this band but in this instance with a more verdant and polished end vibrancy that can be felt through the many layers. Love the verse, love the chorus, love the song.

So two efforts showing how AFS have grown and what new pastures they are willing to tread in order to keep things challenging and enjoyable for player and punter alike. If this is a taste of 'Trash Vegas' then bring me the whole album as soon as please.
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

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AFS - NO WONDER/TV MINDS SPLIT SINGLE

On red vinyl the Carl Arnfield fetish for VD (vinyl disks you nobs) continues. The whole spectrum awaits the raping sonic todge of Mr A and his coat of many tunes, and so one wonders when the striped one will appear (it's just gotta happen). This latest offering is from his most excellent band, namely AFS, an outfit I have grown with and have always adored. The band are maturing all the time with different textures and layers added as time goes by. This is their latest effort and a little taster from their forthcoming album 'Trash Vegas' - ooh I can't wait!

The initial safety net that is offered in the first few bars of 'No Wonder' has one thinking if AFS are going all retro on us. No sooner are things assumed then the net is whipped away and a sub-skank sound is tinkled out that has one on the back foot. Neatly played and against Munki Boi’s gruff and rough sub-stated utterances the mix is quite a contrast. Between the first two skankoid verses is typical AFS chorus puke with a likeable melody that sticks. Ad a bit of showman guitar and back around we go. A very, very nice effort and although the singing and guitar are a fraction short of complete harmony one can't help but applaud the new move in the AFS routine. No genuine gripes and a formula to stick at and hone at leisure. A bit of brass is surely an option worth considering too and as long as the band are reaching out the better they will be.

'TV Minds' bounces in with a two boom salute between a reception gone dodgy (repeat). The first chorus is highly textured and has MB stretching his vocals against the squelched guitar back drop. The pace is unhurried and very self-assured and this is a real gem in the Acoustic Foot Soldier catalogue and one I have listened to over and over. A real progression in a sound done many times by this band but in this instance with a more verdant and polished end vibrancy that can be felt through the many layers. Love the verse, love the chorus, love the song.

So two efforts showing how AFS have grown and what new pastures they are willing to tread in order to keep things challenging and enjoyable for player and punter alike. If this is a taste of 'Trash Vegas' then bring me the whole album as soon as please.
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:48 pm

the red vinyl should be back ANYDAY now

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:20 am

copies of the red vinyl being dispatched today ..... :)
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:50 am

Issue Punk Zine No.49

Arthritic Foot Soldiers - Immature Nobodies (Turkey Vulture)

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I cant help but love this "geeza punk" - a cross between old-school and the Ramones, it's just great fun to listen to. The songs have a pleasing simplicity to them, very catchy and entertaining, but with an underlying political message. I feel certain that their live shows are pretty raucous affairs, with the stage invaded and the umpteen fans crowded round the mic belting out the lyrics as best they can. This is an album straight from the heart , but via the gut. It's brilliant that stuff like this is still being played and recorded
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45,000 plays!!!!! WTF!
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:32 pm

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being completed sunday 18th July .... then off to the pressing plant
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:13 pm

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CD & Purple Vinyl album available soon
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:15 pm

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Arthritic Foot Soldiers “No Wonder/TV Minds” 7” (Voltage Records)

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At the start of 2009 Arthritic Foot Soldiers (AFS) released the “Immature Nobodies” album, having recorded it in, and it being with a sound redolent of, the USA. It had a great feel to it, with some cracking singalong tunes that was suitable for fans of any number of the genres that reside within the punk world these days.

So, with their latest long player, “Trash Vegas”, soon to drop this two track red vinyl promo gives an insight into what can be expected from quite a prolific band if you look at their discography.

“No Wonder” kicks off with a melodic gruff vocal intro followed by some ska guitar that moves easily into the more punked up chorus. The sentiment of the song appears to be about how easy it is to be in a mess when you don’t fit in. I reckon this is still relevant today as someone into a punk lifestyle, although it’s probably a bit easier today as it’s no longer deemed as much of a threat to society in general (which is a bit of a shame). “No Wonder” will get you singing along and humming the chorus after just one listen and that is never a bad thing.

Next up is “TV Minds”, a slightly slower and much longer track, which, quite rightly, highlights how television is such a bit part of the world today, both in terms of being omnipresent throughout society and also being the driving force so much of what people believe and follow. This song took a while to get into my head but after a few plays it’s firmly rooted and tucked away in my mental musical library.

Once again, the vocal stylings of Munki Boi and the exceptional guitar work of Carl Arnfield are what help make AFS a band to be reckoned with if you like tuneful punk rock. There is obviously a wealth of experience that allows AFS to keep making good records and also to produce music that isn’t dated which comes through in these songs and with the previous album. AFS’s forthcoming album is a release to be eagerly awaited.
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:35 pm

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AFS "No Wonder" - Mild Peril Zine

A really lovery deep red 7" record by AFS came winging my way. The A Side "No Wonder" really did impress me, it had an almost "polka-ska" feel, but with old school punk vocals over the top.

The singers voice did get a bit of getting used to (imagine the cookie monster/Matt Friedman) but i certainly warmed to it the more I listened to them, and the chorus has got one of these molodies that you cant get outta your head untill you put summat else on, which again must be a plus!

The B side was probably my least favourate of the 2 tracks, but it's kinda Goldblade-esque punk with a hint of Rock n Roll still didnt have me reaching for the off button.

Great production and tight musicainship wins out again and proves sometimes just because it's punk it doesnt mean you can just approach it with a slap dash manner
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:03 am

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AFS-NO WONDER/TV MINDS(CD-VOLTAGE RECORDS VCD 410)
No Wonder starts out as I really want a song to do and when the skatunes shows up themselves so become I really happy because I thought this would be pure punkrock. Cool and an odd punksong- TV Minds is more straight punksong which have som poptunes in it too butwith a singer which sounds really tough...it´s really worth chekcing out and the song have a refrain which is really good. 14/10-2010
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:12 am

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has FINALLY gone to the pressing plant!!!!!

copies will be sent out once we have them ........
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:59 am

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Northern gruff vocal punk with a festival ska guitar on the verse of "No Wonder" and a "Leatherface" anthemic chorus. The flip is a slow burner that reminds me of "Terminus" mixed with "The Jam" believe it or not. ... (and share Carl of The Great St Louis & The Bullet Kings)
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

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Ten pretty flash fists 'n' violence punk rock numbers with harmonious vocals, a swish drummer and featuring man mountain Carl, guitarist from The Bullet Kings & Great St Louis, covering the same lyrical territory with plenty of "dont fuck with me buddy" action and by comparison leaving them lost in the supermarket. This is good stuff, oddly recorded far from home in Wisconsin, in the US of A.
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:54 am

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:05 pm

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Nice gruffy punk rock with some unexpected ska upstrokes before kicking back into some decent punk rock. AFS are a fun band to liosten to and this new single is on limited edition red vinyl

The B Side "TV Minds" is a more mature slower affair.

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:48 am

new video has been shot for "No Wonder" the opening track of the album .....

sneak preview will be up in a few days
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:34 pm



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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Naus » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:21 am

Good stuff that mate, catchy tune and a nice idea splitting the screen up like that in the vid 8) ... was that another DIY job ?

What's the geetar, Tele neck on an LP body?
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Postby Dom1 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:05 am

Liking that a lot.

I'm also intrigued in the story behind that axe ?
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:00 am

yes .... zero budget as ever ....

yes DIY video productions.. done by me .... as ever!!

the guitar is a "st blues" from memphis ... it is half a les paul/half a telli in perfect dimensions just halfed and quartered and stuck back together, one of the nicest guitars i have played since it is a scale length of neither .. sort of in-between both

got it a year ago.. but only just collected it from dallas ..

glad you guys like the video ... still working on it... adding extra bits in etc etc
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby mike261263 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:47 am

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finished

and guitar pics


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This looks like a "what the fuck is going on..how many more times...its a B next" kind of moment!
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby SNAKEBITE » Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:36 am

I'll have a guitar pic, are they medium? I like mediums best as they help with the strumming :D
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:14 am

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finished

and guitar pics


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This looks like a "what the fuck is going on..how many more times...its a B next" kind of moment!


e.... it's an E .. i drop tune
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there you go..... done and ready to view
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:34 am

SNAKEBITE wrote:I'll have a guitar pic, are they medium? I like mediums best as they help with the strumming :D


it's odd because it is such a small guitar.. it makes it so easy to play compared to my ibanez and yamaha's
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby mike261263 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:45 am

SNAKEBITE wrote:I'll have a guitar pic, are they medium? I like mediums best as they help with the strumming :D

I have 50 medium cactus picks..wanna buy some..lots...they have a nice dimple surface to prevent unwanted slippage! :shock:
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby mike261263 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:47 am

Carl Arnfield wrote:
SNAKEBITE wrote:I'll have a guitar pic, are they medium? I like mediums best as they help with the strumming :D


it's odd because it is such a small guitar.. it makes it so easy to play compared to my ibanez and yamaha's

But not as easy as a Trashcaster! 8)
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:13 am

^^^^^ it's made of wood.. and has some paint on it ....
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Naus » Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:36 am

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I never noticed in the vid, but that looks tiny !
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Postby SNAKEBITE » Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:44 am

Naus wrote:I never noticed in the vid, but that looks tiny !


How can you tell? The guitar is in the way.
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:49 pm

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Naus wrote:I never noticed in the vid, but that looks tiny !




How can you tell? The guitar is in the way.


it's big enough when it's angry!!!!!
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50,000 plays!!!!!
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Dom1 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:57 am

So that's where the neck from your LP went ! :wink:
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:14 pm

Dom1 wrote:So that's where the neck from your LP went ! :wink:



LOLOLOLOLOLOL no, but close
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:04 am



the guitar company "St Blues" have asked if they can use the video on there web site

how fucking awesome is that
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Postby Dom1 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:24 am

Result !!

Post the link.. :D
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:41 am

i sure will..... as soon as they let me know it's been posted ..... be interested to gauge the reaction since it is mainly country/blues players that use there guitars LOLOLOL i bet to them im almost raping it compared to some country twang
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:02 am

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Arthritic Foot Soldiers – Trash Vegas (Voltage)

Ten blistering tracks of punk rock that came blasting out of the stereo and grab your attention right away. Stooped in a deep, growl of a vocal that is street punk over the top of music that would be skate punk rock, making this a really interesting mix. It works! The songs seem to follow a socially aware format showing that AFS have something to say, I like that! It’d be great to see AFS live as I really like this band’s sound and reckon they’d be a pretty impressive force on the stage. My favourite tracks on here would be “Protest Song”, “Lies” and “Another Whiskey” – which seems to feature a different vocalist, or at least it sounds like it does. There’s even time for AFS to crack out an acoustic number “Radicals” to put the mod into a mellow state before “Freedom Ain’t Free” hits you with its fast paced rock n roll riff and speeds things right back up. This is really well recorded and definitely worth your time listening too. 

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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:10 pm

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AFS - TRASH VEGAS

I have followed AFS since their early days (I think I saw them play their 2nd gig) and in truth have fuckin' loved the journey thus far. They were SAS stalwarts and entertained along the way and although things of late have slowed down on the gigging front (due to the bands many personal commitments) I still always keep abreast of what they are up to (usually via the ginger megaphone man and top dude that is Carl 'Get It Done' Arnfield). This is the 8th silver circle I have had the pleasure of reviewing from this fine band as well as numerous 'live' appraisals. Fungal expects here and the bigger the fan the bigger the fall when a favoured crew produce a turkey. With pressure and apprehension set at maximum I spin the disc once more and review as follows.

'No Wonder' is a neat opener and a track I have reviewed before. Sub-skankoid, pure AFS in inflection and with extra production beef this is a strong yet questioning opening statement. The progression the band make is maintained and here we have the result. Spacious verse, full on saturation of chorus, 100% reliability of musicianship and a nice, brief instrumental this is a song built on an intrinsically basic framework but adorned with various sonic baubles so as to stand out. 'Lies' is fuelled harder and the main component I am aware of is hatred. There is genuine venom into the tone and from the initial slapped drums through to the intent of the riffage and the 'I give up on you' whoa hoa's this is intense stuff. Munki Boi delivers hard and states rather than sings which adds to the general impact. A fuckin' marvellous song that one can really get into and all you frauds out there had better worry because if AFS find out you'll have a song coming your way (as good old Umberto Gonzalez found out ha, ha). As though the song isn't emotive enough the inner break where instruments are bared is almost pitying and sorrowful which only emboldens the opposing rage - sweet touch be it lucky or meant!

'TV Minds' deals with the bonehead box many worship and run around for. It is a wicked contraption and those that claim that it has 'no effect' are the most truest of victims. Electrified, numbed and almost in essence of a robot at times this song marches forth and gives you a tale of idle sofa shits drenched in waves of media puke. The chorus is somewhat sarcastic and is almost celebratory with a slightly concealed hidden gesturing. The sonic landscape is easy to lie in and the whole song soaks through the permeable layers and into the inner core thus creating appreciation. Matured and punk - a good combo I reckon! '50 Shots' eases its way in with casual drums (what's new there then from this accomplished stick bastard), rumbling bassism and slightly encrusted guitar. A very typical Arthritic number that gains a foothold and finally breathes joyous life during a wrap-around chorus of the sweetest order. The song plods on regardless and is easily digested - the weakest so far but not half bad.

'Another Whiskey' follows and has a grand opening riff. But what's this - a different singer strutting his stuff? Hark, is that a baldy I hear a-crooning! Man yes - its none other than Carl Arnfield and what a fuckin' good effort it his. A nostalgic, look-back, drive-along ponder is nailed as good old Ming the Merciless (remember that one) finds his vocal balance and produces a stunner. Tinged with a drunkards regret and hopelessness this one hits the right areas (as I heard the said piss-pot did) and is an accomplished piece shining bright from a galaxy of attractive stars. AFS never fail to raise a few brows - they are still doing it folks! 'We Don't Care' is a typical title for a typical punk song but alas this is nothing run of the mill. What AFS do is blend melodic colours and make up their own minds as to how the end result will be. Rather than a dirty doodle AFS create a polished picture and instead of the expected Kandinsky-esque harshness come out with a meticulous kind of gentleness somewhat similar to Monet piece. The inner artistry shows care and be it a sweeping brushstroke or delicate intricacy the band display forethought and this is reflected in a very tidy song. 'Protest Song' screws it up the ones who claim to care and understand but really don't have a clue. The chorus is superb punk in the fact that it opposes, creates imbalance and questions - that's how it should be and if discomfort is felt then so much the better. The song has clarity, has structure, has melody but most importantly has...anger! One of my chosen chunks to add to the overflowing AFS bucket I so often dip into to.

'Radicals' is a beautiful campside croon absorbed with acoustica and scored with emotive despair. Think REM meets Mr Angry over a Greenham Common cup of herbal tea. It is a sweet soulful song and a new approach for the AFS crew to take and I am all for the 'chance yer arm' approach as ye should know! Mellow and with an inner strength - very applaudable. 'Freedom Ain't Free' is very regulated rhythmic fare from this band and although with a more progressive sound and of finer production value I find myself not really getting in to this one. Not enough stuffing has been rammed up the jacksie of this little bird and so I feel somewhat unsatisfied by what I am served. The level I suppose has moved along on this CD to such a stage where anything just falling short stands out like a gobbling goose in a Prime Poultry Awards Ceremony. This isn't so disastrous but just lacks that extra sonic sage and acoustic onion. Sorry dudes!

'Trash Vegas' is a tidy closure and just gets the task in hand done with very little fuss. It has light texture, holds no serious threat but is a song to pick up, simply not get too carried away by and then switch off and think 'well that ain't too bad'. Nowt to gush over, nowt to gripe about - just a steady Eddie of a ditty. The hidden track is a superior effort and has just that gilt-edged touch that gives it extra class. Tones of retrospective fondness, overlays of feeling and careful attention create a decent listen and so the farewell is stronger than at first suspected.

So another good un' from the Arthritic Foot Soldiers and it is worthwhile that this review is done by someone who has followed the band since the beginning. I am still taken and I reckon if you are a newcomer to the band you may be attracted a little more - don't know for sure but a dip in the AFS pool never did anyone any harm - well not that many!
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby SNAKEBITE » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:35 am

Ginger Megaphone.

Classic.
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:18 am

SNAKEBITE wrote:Ginger Megaphone.

Classic.


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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:44 pm

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AFS - Trash Vegas

Having heard the AFS single released earlier this year which featured two tracks from their, then, forthcoming album I was looking forward to hearing if they had produced two gems for that red slab of vinyl with something kept in reserve for the rest of the long player or had they peaked with nothing to keep the momentum going.

The opening track, “No Wonder” is off the single and despite the inclusion of some ska-like guitar is a worthy starting point for this album. AFS provide a sound that is drenched with the history of Bad Religion in as much as there are bucket loads of tunes and melodies, with a lot of “Oohs”, “Ah’s” and “Woahs” for backing vocals. However, the difference is that lead singer Munki Boi has a gruff singing voice that means the band do not sound like one of the many BR soundalikes that have crawled out of the woodwork over the past 30 years.

The second track then is “Lies”, not one to feature on the single and pleasingly it’s already better than what came before so AFS do have more than the single might have indicated. With “TV Minds” coming next this provides the highlight of that single and also of the album. This is the song that has had me humming more than any other on the album and it’s no surprise that it was featured on the single. The message behind it is obvious – we’re in danger of becoming obsessed with television as it fights to become the way we are all informed of what is right and/or wrong in the world. It still amazes me how many people live their lives through what happens on a small (well, not so small in the days of 48 inch screens) box and are so heavily influenced by what they hear and see. So, a hummable song and one with a message I can relate to – always a bonus.

From here on in the album is a tale of mid ranged peaks and some shallow troughs. None of the peaks reach the lofty heights delivered in the opening trio of tracks although that’s not for a lack of effort as “Protest Song” is a decent song but just not good enough to stop me hearing “TV Minds” playing repeatedly in my head. Similarly “Another Whiskey”, a song written about Wilf, the singer/bassist in The Bullet Kings and sung by Carl Arnfield, the guitar powerhouse in both AFS and The BK’s, breaks the album up a bit offering a significantly less gruff vocal. I always liked it when Stiff Little Fingers ‘allowed’ Henry Cluney to sing a song on an album as it gave them the feel that they were more than just a one trick pony so hats off to AFS for doing likewise.

However, there are a couple of occasions where the quality of song is lacking a bit. The lowest point of the album is reached with “Radicals” – I don’t like this song and I think it’s a case of how so many punk bands are slowing things down with more of an acoustic approach. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t – this comes into the latter category for me.
“”Freedom Ain’t Free” has a nice metallic guitar riff that lifts me out of the depths plumbed by “Radicals” and despite it’s fairly basic construction and approach it works well and comes in as my fourth favourite track on the album. Oddly, the title track is sequenced to appear last – I’m not sure I’ve encountered this before – and is obviously giving Las Vegas a hard time for luring people into handing their money over as they gamble to improve themselves, whilst in reality the bank is always the winner overall. Good sentiments again but not the strongest of songs.

Apparently this album was written and recorded in nine weeks. To me that seems quite a short time span and perhaps that has stopped the album from being as consistent as its predecessor “Immature Nobodies”. However, it would be wrong to write this off as a release to avoid as there are a handful of really good, gritty and tuneful punk tracks to get your ears around.
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:10 pm

next up for the AFS'ers is

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is the Acoustic Foot Soldiers album "Note to Self"
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Re: Punk Rock Mayhem !

Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:17 pm

AFS – Trash Vegas CD (Voltage)-Mass Movement Zine

I’m constantly amazed by the fickle nature of the music industry and how bands who are, lets face it, talent less bags of old toss, manage to sell shed loads of records and luxuriate in splendour and fame, surrounded by mountains of coke, hookers and cash, while other bands like AFS (that’s the Arthritic Foot Soldiers to you and me) go largely unnoticed. See, AFS are one of the best bands in the UK, playing their strange, but thoroughly addictive tunes that effortlessly blend street punk, Pop Will Eat Itself and the Urban Dance Squad, and if I was going to spend a tenner on a an album, I’d definitely invest it in ‘Trash Vegas’ rather than the tattooed, preening, useless fops that Kerrang and their ilk constantly try to force on the world. Spend our money wisely, get some great songs and help lonely Carl fulfil his hooker dreams… Tim
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