The Restarts

The Restarts

The Restarts


Pirate’s Press

The Restarts’ Uprising opens with a lone female voice saying: “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. Act as if your house is on fire. Because it is.” Then the band kicks into “Panic,” a song recalling Conflict at their angriest, and an excellent launch to a dozen songs protesting a multitude of political topics delivered with anger, passion, and drive.

The Restarts would be at home on Crass Records or supporting any of the other British anarcho-punk bands of the early ’80s, with a simple, thrashy sound livened up with catchy, Oi-like choruses, like in “Living a Lie.” The band displays credible ska chops on the intro to “Shut Doors” and “20 Years.”

But the real appeal here is the angry, thrashy punk that dominates the album. Angry about homophobia, addiction, and gentrification, among other societal ills, the Restarts Uprising is a fine, rousing collection of thrash with anthemic choruses that should inspire punks to fight the powers that be.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Summerland

    In rural England, a cranky woman bonds with and evacuee boy and uncovers a strange connection to her past.

  • Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations
    Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations

    These geniuses of early comedy finally get the presentation they are due in this Blu-ray edition.

  • Four-Letter Words
    Four-Letter Words

    No need to worry about offending delicate sensibilities with this playlist. We’re not talking about profanity, so just take the title at face value.

  • A Genesis In My Bed
    A Genesis In My Bed

    Former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett shares his life story in his story in an engaging and honest memoir. Reading his story feels like hanging out with a friend who’s interested in sharing how he felt living these experiences.

  • The Jayhawks
    The Jayhawks

    XOXO (Sham/Thirty Tigers). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • 18 to Party
    18 to Party

    When you’re in 8th grade, sneaking into a bar is way cooler than it is when you’re 40.

  • Adam

    A pregnant woman finds a home in Casablanca.

  • 2020 on Fire
    2020 on Fire

    Sound Salvation takes on current events with a playlist addressing the current fight for racial and social justice in America and the battles playing out in the streets in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

  • Pokey Lafarge
    Pokey Lafarge

    Rock Bottom Rhapsody (New West Records). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • Landfall

    Cecilia Aldarondo takes a look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

From the Archives