Review of The White Ribbons self-titled 3 track cd, includes the single Leftovers.
The White Ribbons have been together for a few years now but getting hold of their music is more elusive than tracking down the Scarlet Pimpernel. Their latest self-titled and self-funded 3 track CD includes the tracks Leftovers and S.O.P.H.I.E which was available to buy when the band played Nice and Sleazy Festival Punk/Ska Festival, which is where they also made their debut performance. Going on to play Rebellion Punk Festival, the band have started making waves amongst the punk-rock scene.
Raising a glass to the lonely, Leftovers is a haunting melody, the dum-de-dum bassline throbs like a heartbeat, as a steel pedal sound of guitar joins the thunderous melody. Brain Mitchell’s vocals emerge, smooth and cool with a sound akin to David Bowie in style ( I bet that’s not the first time he’s heard that comparison) and the raucous guitars remind me of a Placebo onstage jam.
Bursting with Punk rhythm S.O.P.H.I.E is an explosion of sound, it reminds me of old school punk mashed with echoes of The Jam. Mitchell has done a vocal switch as he now sounds more like Gizz Butt meets Brandon Flowers, you’ve got to respect the variety of his range. This beautiful song is a sad reminder of a hate crime which should never have happened to Sophie Lancaster, R.I.P
Showing diversity Social Work, Cats and Rocket Science is a quirky bonus addition to this 3 track CD. The fuzzy-buzz acoustic guitar leads the song with its eclectic verse, come the chorus, as we hear chanted by the band the anthemic lines of The Clash “I fought the law and the law won” as well as a narrative of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. Definitely out of this world.
The White Ribbons are very diverse in style and sound, from Bowie-Esque vocals to familiar punk vibes of the Clash and Jam to name a few and intertwined with Placebo and Bauhaus vibes, they are a band you should put on your playlist, ready for when we can see live music again.
Listen on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/467TI6MyaKm5KOwkdlkQj9
The White Ribbons – Leftovers video
- Leftovers – dedicated in loving memory to Marie Stones
- S.O.P.H.I. E
- Social Work, Cats and Rocket Science (bonus track)
About the band
When you take 4 musicians enjoying nothing more than a jam session in mid-2017, and that jam session then develops into a band that was formed to support the amazing work done by www.whiteribbon.org.uk which is part of the global White Ribbon movement to end male violence against women by engaging with men and boys, raising awareness, and influencing change and providing resources to make change happen, ladies and gentlemen what you get is The White Ribbons band.The bands first show was at the legendary Morecambe Nice n Sleazy Punk/Ska Festival, where the band now perform annually every late May Bank Holiday. The response from those in attendance was nothing short of astonishing with the few songs (and messages) in the bands live set resonating personally with some and generally with everybody else.
Another cause close to the bands heart is www.sophielancasterfoundation.com and the bands song S.O.P.H.I.E reflects the close bond the band have with the organisation and the fantastic work done by that foundation following those tragic events.
The band has over the last couple of years been out and about fine tuning a live set that is very popular in any setting venue wise. Throw in some fine banter about Queen around another of the bands songs, a Bucks Fizz cover and these sit flawlessly alongside the serious messages on offer amongst the fantastic music.
Check out The White Ribbons where you will find show information and more, and also keep your eye out for a band shop page as well as news very soon on the band’s debut full-length release in 2021.