Larrakkia – Rantallion

Record Label: Disconnect Disconnect Records
Release Date: 22nd July 2016

 Come in, smash out some fast based Punk music, leave. This is a technique which many Punk bands employed during the early 90’s be that from groups such as NOFX or Anti Flag. Larrakia utilise this technique almost perfectly leaving old school Punk fans happy, and introducing new fans to the genre.
 Larrakia have substance past their musical notation and instrumentation, as lyrics that seem extremely anarchistic take place throughout this EP. This include lines like “Light That Flag” on Thanks For The Music or “Fuck the destruction, we need to revert back to peace and love” on Opium For The Masses. However whilst this record clearly comes from a political place, the messages are seen open for interpretation and are not thrusted in your face. There’s a sense of fun surrounding this and for a group that employs quite an early 90’s Pop Punk attitude, lyrics on this boundary tends to be the most fitting. Think more along the lines of Anti Flag rather thanCrass and you can see the amount of severity the band puts into their lyrical content. This works exceptionally well with frontman Pittie’s quite infectious yet snotty voice.
The instrumentation is pretty standard for the band with the typical bar chord and fast drumming you expect from a band in this ilk. This doesn’t mean that the group refuses to play around with the formula. On tracks such asThanks For The Music lead guitarist Crispy Hannah can be heard playing quite complex riffs and taking the group in an extremely inventive direction. Bassist Pheasant adds quite a disjointed bass line part on this EP, the main example for this is on tracks such as Wake Up where the band tends to get much more disjointed. Finally drummer Dirk. D Bigstix adds a sense of heaviness for the band and gives them much more of a Hardcore edge on the EP itself. This is complimented by the gang vocals shouting during various points on the EP. This however is quite minimalistic and falls much more within Skate Punk/Pop Punk territory than going into full on Hardcore.
 In conclusion, this band feels like it’s trying to bring back something from a by-gone era, which in today’s market of much more manufactured Punk (at least on a commercial level) seems incredibly lacking. Their melodies are catchy enough to get them on bills at a festival such as Slam Dunk but their heart and lyrical intensity can still work on much more underground events like Rebellion, especially due to the fact that no track on this EP reaches 3 minutes. This is a band, that still feel like they need their own identity however, but from the shape of a possible upcoming new album, this is more of a matter of time, than a matter of if they will.
 7/10
To listen to the EP check out Disconnect Disconnect’s Bandcamp