Liberty and Justice – Pressure
Contra Records and Death Exclamations Records
2020 was a wash out for bands, so they were unable to hit the road and do what they do best in front of enthusiastic audiences so there was only one thing to do and that was to hit the studio. This is exactly what Houston, Texas’s Liberty and Justice did and the result is the staggeringly good album ‘Pressure’ which is released in Europe by Contra Records and in the US via Death Exclamations Records.
The 5-piece of Ryan(vocals), Ramzi (guitar), Cory (drums), Edwin (bass) and Halston (guitar) mix Oi! with the ferocity of hardcore to produce an album that just needs to be listened to. In their sound you can hear influences by the likes of The Templars, The 4-Skins, The Bruisers and Sheer Terror which the blend brilliantly to create their own sound.
The 14 tracks on ‘Pressure’ are full aggression, ferocity and power whilst still staying melodic and is street rock ‘n’ roll at its very best. Side A kicks off with the excellent ‘Halfway Home’ before delivering anthems like ‘Mad World’, ‘You’re Dumb’ and ‘Sin for Sin’. The last 2 tracks on the first side are out of this world, firstly with ‘Immigrant Rock And Roll’ before their take of ‘Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kick in Tonight’ which they make their own and is probably my favourite version of this track.
After what can only be described as an exceptional first half of the album the band has a lot to live up to with the second. But fear not as they deliver another 7 excellent tracks including ‘Six Two’, ‘Hang with Me’, ‘Our Town Our Team’ and the brilliant ‘No More Obitz’. For me, there is one track that stands out from the pack and that’s ‘Animal House’, an outstanding foot-stomping song with driving bass and drums, excellent vocals and some saxophone which takes the song to another level.
Liberty & Justice have given us one hell of an album, and one that I will be listening to for some time to come. This record deserves a place in your collection.