Album Review: The Interrupters – “Fight The Good Fight”
Ska-punk is a much-maligned genre. Since the late 90s, it’s generally become associated (perhaps not entirely unreasonably) as a byword for fat Californians in bad shorts writing unfunny frat-comedy songs. I’m glad to say that in The Interrupters, it appears that a group of firebrands have finally come along with the aim of reclaiming the scene.
Owing nods to Sonic Boom Six and Rancid (maybe not a surprise as they’re on Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat label, and even have Tim, Lars et al guesting on the anthemic Got Each Other here), Fight The Good Fight is a big life-affirming blast of an album about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in these troubled times. Sounding like the righteous Specials/Clash collision that the genre was arguably always supposed to be, the likes of Title Holder and Leap of Faith are pure calls to arms to the kids of today, with big shoutalong choruses to match.
It’s also an incredibly positive album, and what a nice change that makes in these times. While Be Gone and Rumours And Gossip call out rip-off merchants and backstabbers, Broken World and Room With A View are calls to the downtrodden to keep on keeping on in the face of adversity. Elsewhere, the ferocious likes of She’s Kerosene, Not Personal and Outrage bring back memories of Rancid circa Out Come The Wolves, and that’s high praise indeed.
It seems that the world as a whole are cottoning on to The Interrupters, and whilst it’s very easy to be cynical when this happens, for once, trust me on this, the hype is justified. Fight The Good Fight is definitely an album well worth checking out.
Definitely the Interrupters' strongest effort to date, Fight The Good Fight deserves to take them up to a whole new audience and the fact that they're being booked into some impressively sized venues on their upcoming tour suggests that the world is definitely starting to sit up and take notice of them. Track down a copy of this album, see what the fuss is about for yourself and prepare to be impressed.