Have You Heard? Bolshy
Bolshy are a DIY ska-punk band from Liverpool, who’ve taken the UK underground scene by storm over the last 5 years, supporting the likes of The Restarts, Prince Fatty and Culture Shock. They’ve brought the sun out at festivals alongside Neville Staples, Inner Terrestrials, Dreadzone & The Beat and performed at a 50,000 strong ‘Save Our NHS’ rally in Whitworth Park, Manchester.
In 2014 Bolshy launched a crowd funding campaign to release their debut EP which surpassed it’s £1500 target in 17 days. The ‘Radical. Anarchic. Bolshy. Scouse.’ EP, released June that year, has been featured by Four Culture (USA), Bido Lito & Do the Dog skazine and received airplay on 4ZZZ, 102.1FM’s Ska Trek show [Brisbane, Australia]. Bolshy have strengthened their national fan base, with 3 UK Tours.
On March 18th, 2017, we saw the release of their long anticipated debut album ‘Reap The Storm’ with another UK tour and a European tour in June. The songwriting on ‘Reap the Storm’ has matured, the genres have become more experimental and socio-political issues continue to be at the forefront of every track.
‘Reap The Storm’ Tracklist
3) The Fifth Horseman
4) Ignorance Is Strength
5) Party On
6) Open Season
8) Reap The Storm
9) What We Claim To Be
10) England’s Finest
11) Building Walls
For a brief review of what I think of the new album, It’s so far my favourite of the year. A ska punk album that mixes melody and angst perfectly in terms of musicianship and topic. ‘Party On’ is a pure skank anthem and that will have you dancing and singing along, and it’s easy to see the influences from the likes of Streetlight Manifesto and Leftover Crack, fusing ska punk with a hint of folk and hardcore. It’s a nice diverse, and fresh approach to DIY punk.
March 24th – Lancaster – Yorkshire House
March 25th – Northallerton – The Venue
April 20th – Manchester – Manchester Punk Festival
April 21st – Bradford – 1 in 12 Club
April 29th – Bristol – The Chelsea Inn
April 30th – Conwy – Comrade’s Club
April 31st – Nottingham – TBC
May 20th – Oldham – Bank Top Tavern
May 21st – Sheffield – The Lughole
Sep 1st – Llangollen – The Sun Inn
Sep 15th-17th – The Old Saw Mill Garden Party
Sep 22nd-25th – Tattershall – Equinox Festival
You can check out the video for ‘Anthropocene’ below. The song highlights human impact on the Earth’s climate, land and oceans, which have become so great that scientists are naming today’s age the “age of mankind”, or the Anthropocene. It is the responsibility of the huge corporations to reduce their global impact before life on Earth is destroyed.
‘Reap The Storm’ is out now on Antipop Records