Apr 172017

Everyone’s favorite multi-continent hardcore punk band The Old-Timers are back with a retrospective greatest hits album covering their six year career that includes selections from full lengths, ep’s, and various compilations.

Since this is a greatest hits album, I’ve decided the best way to deal with the review is to pull from past reviews I’ve done of the Old-Timers releases as I’ve covered a few of them, so this review will also be a “greatest hits”.

In many ways, The Old-Timers are a product of the technology age since none of the band members are close to each other.  Guitarist and bass player Donovan and singer Dave used to both be located in South Africa but not even close in country and Dave has now returned back to Scotland, and the drums have come from the US with most of the drums on this provided by Phil Harris of False Idle.  Mixing and mastering have often been handled by Sef Idle at Simpul Studios in Idaho.  There’s some irony in there somewhere about hardcore music, which if we’re honest is not the most complex, requiring the most modern technology.

As to what you’ll hear on the album…. Driving rhythms, fast guitars, great bass lines and drums and vocals shouted over the top characterize the sound here.  Think the pace for some good old-school circle pits and some slower sections for pile-ons and sing-alongs, just good fun music.  While the Old Timers are an openly Christian band in focus and themes  and that may not appeal to everyone, the intensity of the vocals and the music really shows the conviction of the members and that combined with the overall speed and style and quality of the songs will have a broad appeal. Continue reading »

Feb 012017

ZAP Records and Thumper Punk Records are pleased to announce the joint release of The Old-timers final release “Old Dogs New Tricks.” Featuring one new track and a greatest hits sampling of favorites and rarities, “Old Dogs New Tricks” brings it all together in one place re-mastered by Sef Idle at Simpul Studio. The album documents The Old-timers journey from friends exchanging home recordings to full-fledged thrash band with a notable supporting cast. It also continues the band’s story – to reflect mankind’s journey from sinner to repentance to reconciliation through Jesus.

CDs are available through the Thumper Punk Records webstore, and digital versions are available through iTunes, AmazonMP3 and most other digital retailers.

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