The Cato Street Conspiracy: This Time Next Year – EP review

The Cato Street Conspiracy: This Time Next Year (Dammit) CD | DL Out Now Maidstone’s Cato Street Conspiracy have something of a street punk feel, with a pair of boots firmly planted in the ’80s. When it comes to picking a band name that “means something” Cato Street Conspiracy hit the jackpot. If you whack […] The post The Cato Street Conspiracy: This Time Next Year – EP review appeared first on Louder Than War.

The Cato Street Conspiracy: This Time Next Year – EP review

The Cato Street Conspiracy: This Time Next Year

(Dammit)

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Maidstone’s Cato Street Conspiracy have something of a street punk feel, with a pair of boots firmly planted in the ’80s.

When it comes to picking a band name that “means something” Cato Street Conspiracy hit the jackpot. If you whack Cato Street Conspiracy into a search engine you’ll get countless links to the tale of a group of radicals who were arrested and hanged or transported to Australia after planning to assassinate the British Prime Minister and cabinet in 1820.

Despite the serious name, Cato Street Conspiracy appear to have quite a flippant piss take manner. They are straight up, no-frills punk. They have a touch of what these days is called street punk but used to be more commonly known as Oi!  If you were to drop their songs into one of the recent Riot City or No Future compilation reissues they might sneak in under the radar. Even the lyrics fit that theme.

On this 5 track EP, they veer between two sounds with a pair of boots firmly planted in the 80s. Put together the urgent drums with the rawness of the guitar and the raw raspy vocal on songs like Repent and Carnage and there is a touch of early English Dogs around the time of the Mad Punx and English Dogs 12″. Not quite as high octane or raw but it gives you a sense of their direction of travel. The guitar also reminds me of Blitzkrieg for some reason. At other times they are more in the yobby singalong style of bands like The Ejected and plenty of Oi bands since, seemingly accentuated by clipped high hat and snare. This is especially evident when they deploy call and response choruses E.g. “Got no money…no job” on Got No Money and “Why Wont You….Listen to me” on Listen To Me.

This Time Next Year by Cato Street Conspiracy

While overall I prefer the more upbeat raw songs like Carnage and Repent, the more sedate sing song title track This Time Next Year is notable for a crisp catchy guitar line which evokes (for me) Shot By Both Sides by Magazine. Something the guitar tone, timing and slight bend of the strings fired the neurons in my brain and now I can’t rid of the bloody tune. Even their cultural references reveal something about the age of the band. For this song, they lift Delboy Trotter’s line from Only Fools and Horses for the chorus “Don’t worry son, this time next year we’ll be millionaires”.  That’s certainly not the delusions of the label DIY Dammit records who released the EP.

Dammit records describe themselves as  “a low-key record label from the southeast of the UK that wants to help struggling unsigned bands get their music recorded, published, promoted and sold. We’re not here to make loads of money, just promote good music, YOUR music.”

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London's KOKO Venue To Re-Open Following 70 Million Restoration
The Camden venue has been revitalised...

Historic London venue KOKO will re-open in Spring 2022.

The venue was devastated by an enormous fire in 2019, while closed for refurbishment; shortly afterwards, it suffered extensive water damage.

The mission to restore and revitalise KOKO has been ongoing ever since, aiming to re-open a London venue that has housed everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Madonna.

Owned by the BBC for three decades, the building was where The Goon Show and Monty Python’s Flying Circus would record their iconic shows.

Founder and CEO Olly Bengough led the restoration, working in partnership with SISTER, the global content company behind the success of the Chernobyl drama.

Set to open its doors once more in 2022, KOKO has been overhauled, with newly rediscovered aspects of the original Victorian building brought out in the process.

With new bars, a different lay out, and fresh aspects to the KOKO experience, it looks to be a significant development for the city, and for the country as a whole.

Alongside this, KOKO is set to launch its own radio station, while the KOKO Foundation will launch as a platform to support new artists.

In addition, KOKO will boast a new shop featuring artist collaborations and a late night pizzeria and tap bar featuring live sets.

CEO and Founder Olly Bengough comments...

“After three long and epic years of construction and restoration, I’m excited to announce that we will be returning KOKO to the musicians, artists and fans next spring with a beautifully restored theatre and live music offering that will hopefully be a truly unique and unparalleled experience for everyone coming through the doors.”

“We are as committed as ever to protect our 120 year cultural legacy and to support the next generation of musicians and London’s dynamic and ever growing music scene. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to KOKO in Spring 2022...”

KOKO will re-open in 2022.

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