Oily Boys – Cro Memory Grin (Static Shock Records / Cool Death, 2020)

Because I’m by no means very clued up these days, this one came in from far out field and smashed me in the grid like a sack of hammers. Oily Boys come from Sydney and are here to dish out some serious fucking attitude adjustment, mate.

Cro Memory Grin is filthy and belligerent. By turns mired in sludgy, psychedelic murk, and euphoric incediary violence. Kind of like the audio equivalent of stuffing a carcass full of live grenades, pulling the pins and dropping the whole thing down a lift shaft just to see what happens.

There’s a feeling of claustrophobic psychosis running through this LP that’s somewhat akin to repeatedly charging headfirst at a wall in order to pointlessly assess whether skull or brick will shatter first. Given the extended lockdown situations most of us have been facing to greater or lesser degrees, this seems less and less like a horrific end destination and more and more like the possibility of joy through escapism.

If this heady concoction that draws upon the most visceral elements of Fucked Up, Poison Idea, Black Flag, Pissed Jeans and Denim + Leather doesn’t leave you wimpering and shaking at the knees like a dog trying to shit out bone fragments, then I genuinely feel for you, my child. Tony of Nurgle rating: 9/10.

Available for pre-order on blue / white marbled vinyl from Static Shock Records. Expected to ship on or around 4th December, innit.

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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