Booji Boys Cap 2017 With Their Second Album of the Year
Booji Boys are bloody unstoppable.
In 2017 alone, the chaotic Halifax power pop ensemble have churned out a steady supply of punk rock n’ roll material. Booji Boys kicked off the year with the release of their self-titled LP on Drunken Sailor Records in February, and now they’ve closed 2017 with a sophomore full-length follow up on the same UK imprint.
In between their LP bookends, Booji Boys also spent 2017 releasing the Sweet Boy 7″ EP on Cruel Noise Records in July, contributing a cover song of Boston punk legends Gang Green as the closing track to the first Mirus Records compilation, and being played multiple times by Iggy Pop on his BBC Radio 6 show.
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) June 16, 2017
“Wow! Now that’s what I call music” Pop said following his most recent spin of Booji Boys on his BBC 6 show. “Booji Boys are good. Booji Boys are uncompromised, and they have the right idea.”
“Yeah! … Alright! … Thanks, Boys.”
Even though a stamp of approval from the shirtless godfather of Raw Power Pop himself is not a shabby endorsement, Booji Boys relentless output stands sturdy on its own.
Booji Boys’ Weekend Rocker, which was released on December 25th, is another potion of punk rock alchemy. Kicking in the track list with the ferocious hardcore-leaning gatecrasher “Weekend Rockers“, the Booji Boys waste no time sharpening big barbed hooks of blown out rock n’ roll and punchy pop punk from “Piscine Perfect“, to the single-worthy “Sister“, and onward.
The gurgling guts of Weekend Rocker stay signature Booji with stiff shots of snappy 70s punk, 80s pop punk, and even a smattering chaser of jagged post-punk that trims somewhere between the Wipers and Hüsker Dü (hear “Mr. Nazi’s On The Beat” or “Highest Guy (In The HRM)“).
The latter end of Weekend Rocker rides the freight train of “Ripper Too” into a 7 minute long closing track called “Oh Yeah“. Following 11 songs that never exceed the 2 minute mark, “Oh Yeah” drones on with verses reminiscent of All By Myself era Rikk Agnew, pattering dance beats, and pleasantly odd jangling jam-outs that brings the album to an explosive conclusion.
After 2 albums, an EP, and continuous BBC spins by Iggy in 2017, what is next for the Booji Boys in the new year?
Another record, of course.
Nova Scotia’s Sewercide Records recently announced a return to activity after a brief hiatus, and as of January 1st they have officially appointed Booji Boys as their comeback release with a new EP limited to a one-time pressing of 300 copies.
Here’s to a very Booji 2018.