Hooligan – Dublin City Rockers EP

Vinyl:
Hooligan
Price:
£6.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On May 3, 2020
Last modified:May 3, 2020

Summary:

With tracks reminding me of Born to Lose, No Future and (We Will Not) Remember You, you could be forgiven for thinking this was instantly forgettable! However that really isn't the case. The Dublin City Rockers have pulled a 5* EP out of the bag!

Irish Street Punk band Hooligan formed in Dublin back in October 2009. Fast forward ten years and they have released their sixth and latest 7″ EP Dublin City Rockers via Advance Records on vinyl. The more observant amongst you may recognise frontman David Linehan as guitarist in The Blue Carpet Band.

Do these yobs from Dublin take us on a ‘magic carpet‘ ride? Well let’s put the needle on the record and find out. The EP opener is the track Punk Rock n’ Roll and I’m thinking this EP has No Future! Literally, as it reminded me of the Sex Pistols’ track of that name! God Save the Queen! We stay with the female of the species for track two, a cover of Skid Row’s Dublin City Girls. Before I reviewed this EP, if you’d mentioned the words Skid Row and band to me, I would automatically think of the American Skid Row. However, a little bit of research tells me that, a couple of decades before Rachel Bolan and Snake Sabo formed their version of Skid Row, a lesser known band of the same name existed in Dublin. Whilst the (Irish) Skid Row never achieved the same global fame, it is the band in which both Phil Lynott and Gary Moore (of Thin Lizzy) arguably equally, if not more, famous than their American counterparts, first played in professionally. This track reminded me of another American band from years ago, this time Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers and their song Born to Lose!

Now, with the needle lifting off side one, we flip the record over and A Gang Like Us comes at you full throttle and punches those ears straight into Saturday’s Heroes a track reminiscent of the Anti-Nowhere League‘s (We Will Not) Remember You!

With tracks reminding me of Born to Lose, No Future and (We Will Not) Remember You, you could be forgiven for thinking this was instantly forgettable! However that really isn’t the case. The Dublin City Rockers have pulled a 5* EP out of the bag!

Track List:

1. Punk Rock N Roll
2. Dublin City Girls
3. A Gang Like Us
4. Saturdays Heroes

Band Members: –

David Linehan – Guitar / Vocals
Eoin Page – Bass / Backing Vocals
Paul Price – Drums / Backing Vocals

Find out more about Hooligan on Facebook here

 

With tracks reminding me of Born to Lose, No Future and (We Will Not) Remember You, you could be forgiven for thinking this was instantly forgettable! However that really isn't the case. The Dublin City Rockers have pulled a 5* EP out of the bag!

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!