Hardcore/aggressive punk literally reaches out and grabs hold of you often like a choke hold, compelling odd behaviors like two-stepping in circles, piling onto groups of people, diving off stages, and screaming out lyrics until your voice is gone and the Old-Timers bring plenty of this. Yes, an ep from a punk band does seem a bit odd as most punk bands can pack a full length into an ep when songs are less than 2 minutes long, but getting new material out there is always a good thing and after all, punk bands have short songs in terms of time, but that’s only because they pack 4 minutes of music into 2 minutes or less.
For those not familiar with The Old-Timers, the first song on the ep “Mammon” quickly lets you know where they are coming from. The rapid galloping bass intro with Matthew 6:24 and Mark 8:36 being spoken over the top while some guitar feedback steadily gets louder until the end of the verses when the song takes off at high speed. Dave Emmerson’s vocals are rough, gritty and in your face as they should be with this genre and he manages to keep them right at the ragged edge while screaming “You can’t serve God and money”. Guitars and drums are fast and dirty and provide the perfect sonic backdrop. One thing I like about the Old-Timers is the layered guitars add an air of complexity to their sound and songs while still retaining the rough, dirty punk rock feel.