Album Review: East Town Pirates – “Seven Seas Of Sin”
Pirates and rock ‘n’ roll seem to have gone hand in hand down the years. From Johnny Kidd (ask yer grandad) through Adam & The Ants to Johnny Depp’s “Keef Richards meets Spike from the Quireboys” Captain Jack Sparrow, it’s maybe a surprise that it’s taken this long into Pure Rawk’s existence for us to stumble across a bunch o’scurvy dogs hoisting the rock ‘n’ roll Jolly Roger.
Worry no more though, ‘cos we’ve found some. Barrelling out of some dingy Suffolk fishermans’ den of iniquity, this is a confident second album from these scallywags (a self-titled first album was released a couple of years ago) which takes one part Social Distortion, one part Roughneck Riot, one part Toy Dolls, some American Dog-indebted vocals and tacks it on to the sort of raucous rocket-powered sea shanties that bring to mind those sadly missed Geordie nutters the Grit. It’s an enjoyable 40 minutes of listening taking in ghostly armies of zombie pirates (“The Curse of Captain Blood”), vengeance-crazed murderesses (“The Revenge of Emmy Tott”), gettin’ it on with the wenches (“One For M’Lady”) and skeleton pirates returning from the grave looking for revenge on those who slayed them (“John Dobbs’ Bones”).
Make no mistake, if you’re looking for something deep and meaningful then you might as well skip this one, but I suspect that isn’t the point with this group, they’re here to give you a good time and a hearty fist-pumping chorus and the closing one-two of the anthemic title track and the ferocious “Powder Keg” do that in fine style. Whether they can continue to sail these oceans without drifting into the dreaded waters of being a novelty band only time will tell but for now this is good solid no-nonsense fun and let’s face it, with the weather being the way it’s been lately, we could all use a little bit of that. Arr and indeed yarr.