Album Review: East Town Pirates – “Ship Of Fools”
Third album from Ipswich’s answer to Alestorm, and it sees them striking out into more riffed-up waters. When East Town Pirates first burst on the scene about a decade ago, they were labelled “pirate punk” but on the evidence of Ship of Fools they now appear to be set on moving things forward a bit.
The two obvious touchstones here are Motorhead and the Pogues – there’s plenty of evidence of the rambunctious folk-punk of the latter on the likes of the title track, Takers’ Lane and Betrayal, while the scuzzy riffs of Thorn, Voodoo Pirate Rock ‘n’ Roll and, tellingly, the Lemmy tribute that is Fast Ride (probably the best song on here) definitely provide evidence of the former, while the guitar solos definitely owe a sly nod to Eddie Clarke and Phil Campbell.
The only times Ship of Fools falls on its face a bit is when the band try to branch out and don’t get it right – I, Hedonist sees them trying to incorporate some ska into their repertoire, but it doesn’t really sit well with the sound, while closer Prisoners’ Lament starts off with a gentle acoustic intro and looks set to provide a nice counterpoint to the rest of the album, but then they just can’t resist steaming back in with the riffs, which on this occasion kind of kills the song a bit.
Overall though, Ship of Fools is a good solid album which sits nicely alongside East Town Pirates’ other two efforts so far. Unlikely to change anyone’s world, but it’s all good fun.
Don't expect anything too out of the ordinary here, but at least "Ship of Fools" is a good continuation of East Town Pirates' output so far and should keep their fans happy. And I'm sure plenty of these songs will sound good with a glass of whatever your favourite type of grog is in the live environment. Splice the mainbrace, hoist the Jolly Roger, and enjoy.