Anti-Pasti, Caution In The Wind

Jack Rabid

By Jack Rabid

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Cherry Red wasn't known much for straight-up punk, and Anti-Pasti have gone down as just another two-bit Oi! band. Well, don't you believe it. Whereas too many of their contemporaries were content to trot out barely competent, shambolic sub-Sham 69 and Cockney Rejects retreads, this five-piece from Derby would have better fit on a bill with the early Clash and Angelic Upstarts — i.e., they preferred angry political protest in the era of Thatcher and the Falklands War, set to storming, heavy guitar, big and bold punk rock. It may not have been new, but they perfected it nonetheless on this absolutely blasting sophomore album, a huge improvement on the actually better received 1981 predecessor The Last Call. Less mealy-mouthed yobbo vocals from Martin Roper would have made this an early ’80s punk touchstone. (Roper left right after this release, sparking the group's disbandment two years later.) But it's loud, proud, pissed-off and, most of all, h-e-a-v-y!