51percent – ‘Fool Me Once, Fuck You’ EP.
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51percent hit the stage as a full band in 2012 and in what seems to be an Aussie tradition, at least to this “Prisoner Of The Motherland”, began churning out fast, melodic, yet abrasive 90’s-esque Punk-Rock inspired by the genre’s golden age and the continuity of house-hold names such as Pennywise, Bad Religion, Face To Face and so many more.
May 2015 saw the bands first EP, It Is What It Is, land well and truly in the Sydney Melodic Punk scene, with it’s six-shot chamber of Skate Punk-tinged 90’s So-Cal Pop-Punk, with the final bullet saved for a charming rendition of ‘Disconnected’ by Face To Face, naturally.
February 2016 saw the next release, and that is precisely the reason why you are reading this…
\\Fool Me Once, Fuck You//
‘Bad Apple’ hits and within a nano-second shows a harder, faster and more politically aware band. I’m not one of those that believes all Punk-Rock must be politically orientated but with the way things are, more and more bands are naturally falling into critique. Track one attacks the increasing Far-Right movement in Australia specifically but if anything, is an anthem of the global occurrence.
The following number leans towards the Pop-Punk-led style of the previous release but a far more refined version and a more pleasing sound to those already a fan of the band.
Three, ‘Casual Hate’, is another politically charged number, with Pennywise influence written on the sleeve of the intro and an oddly English accented feel to the vocals, that at the same time lean towards latter day Anti-Flag. The only real criticism would be the vocals, which is ironic, because they work but could use more aggression to fit with the disaffection emanating from the track as a whole.
‘Do you even know what you hate? Do you even know why you hate it? Did the media tell that you should? Do you just regurgitate it?’
‘Fuck Them’ is the final number and sits somewhere between the previous two tracks in it’s style, mid-paced but hook laden in it’s own way, it fills the role of Punk Nihilism on the EP, blunt in it’s disregard but similarly in it’s self-determination.
Find 51percent below:
- Facebook for updates.
- For the band’s music, head to bandcamp where the first EP can be downloaded for ‘Free/Name Your Price’ with the Fool Me Once, Fuck You available for cheap.
- The band have also recently joined Aussie Punk label, Dead Memory Records who can be found on Facebook and bandcamp.
#StayFresh and enjoy the video for ‘Bad Apple’.