Mick O'Toole "1665 Pitchfork Rebellion"
Release date: 12 November 2014
Running time: 14:45, 4 tracks
“1665 Pitchfork Rebellion” is the second EP released by cider fuelled folk punks Mick O’Toole. And, to tell you the truth, it’ll be at the top of my EPs list at the end of 2015.
The quintet from Wiltshire, England, took their name a character in a song from their local legends The Boys From County Hell. Their previous EP, which is available for free at Bandcamp, was a perfect introduction to the band. But “1665 Pitchfork Rebellion” is a more mature effort. You can hear influences from other bands. However, the sound is 100% original: powerful, raw, in-yer face folk-punk. Exactly what we all love here, don’t we?
The EP kicks off with "Free Me", a badass song with lots of woah and hey, hey shouts, accordion and banjo lines inspired by Dropkick Murphys and an addictive tin whistle and accordion tune in the middle of the song.
Track no. 2 is titled “Knights in Ponty”. Strong guitar can be heard on this song with more gang vocals and mandolin, banjo, accordion and tin whistle perfectly blended.
The next number is called “Casanova No More”. There is a mandolin and acoustic guitar intro, but soon the electricity bursts out on this song with a Canadian Celtic punk twist. And the shouts are there too.
But the hidden gem on the EP is the closing number, “Ellie Loves London”. Two guys sharing vocal duties, vocal harmonies, female vocals too, keyboards, clapping … Brilliant folk-punk-pop song!!!
“1665 Pitchfork Rebellion” was recorded, mixed and mastered by George Lever at G1 Production and the EP packaging is a 4 panel digipack.
My advice: contact these guys and grab a copy of Mick O’Toole “1665 Pitchfork Rebellion” before they run out of copies. Folk-punk at its best.
1 - Free Me 3:19
2 - Knights in Ponty 3:18
3 - Casanova No More 3:45
4 - Ellie Loves London 4:17
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Review by Kinksmarkham