THE RABBLE - The Battle's Almost Over

The Rabble - The Battle's Almost Over

16 songs
56:34 minutes
***** ***
Filthy Lucre


The Rabble may come from New Zealand, but their edgy punk rock couldn’t sound any more British. The Battle’s Almost Over is the Auckland based band’s second album whose long running time made me dread some monotony, but this is fortunately not the case.

If you really have to come up with comparisons, you might say that The Rabble sound like a mix between The Clash, Rancid and Toy Dolls. The songwriting is surprisingly varied, covering everything from melodic punk to grimy street punk anthems. At times they act coarser, as on Bored and Wasted, but they never overdo this. I have the impression that the band feels most at ease during the catchy sing-along parts. The musicians were born in the second half of the Eighties, which explains why next to early punk, they are also seemingly influenced by the popular punk movement of the late Nineties. The songs follow quite simple recipes, and it’s this uncomplicated attitude that makes them so genial. This doesn’t mean that the album comes without any surprises. The guitar on Devil’s Highway has a strong country flair, The Battle features bagpipes, and Dead End is even a semi-ballad. Actually the last three tracks end the CD in an astonishingly quiet way, which feels good after the more upbeat preceding material.

The Rabble have all it takes to play with the big dogs. They just need the right kind of media coverage to get the teenage punk audience’s attention. Another option would be opening for a popular punk band like Green Day. But no matter how The Rabble’s future will turn out to be, The Battle’s Almost Over is an excellent record that every fan of melodic punk rock can acquire with a clear conscience.

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