(DL22) - Greenland Whalefishers - Songs from the Bunker

Review by: Ox-Fanzine

 

Oh Herr, Odin an der Fiddle! Das reicht dem einen schon aus, um diese norwegische Celtic-Folk-Truppe per se abzufeiern. Ich gestehe der Objektivität wenigstens einen halben Durchlauf im Player zu, um schließlich gnadenlos „Yes!“ zu rufen. Nicht wegen Odin, sondern wegen des großartigen, verwegenen Sounds, der aus den Boxen kommt.

Das klingt wunderbar knarzig und prototypisch – „Red Roses For Me“ (POGUES) ist hier die Hausnummer. Sieben Norweger, darunter eine Dame (an der Tin-Whistle) schütteln elf gelungene Lieder zwischen POGUES, DUBLINERS und DROPKICK MURPHYS aus den Ärmeln.

Zu diesen gesellen sich noch vier „?“-Songs – so zumindest offeriert es die Tracklist –, die zwischen Vocals und Pipes pendeln. Warum eigentlich verpasst man sich aber ein dermaßen schnödes, einfallsloses Coverartwork? Wenigstens haben sie an die Texte gedacht.

Schade. Bei „Red Roses For Me“ überzeugte die pure Musik, nicht die Verpackung. Das ist so auch hier der Fall. Die Songs sind durchweg erstklassig und bestechen im Gegensatz zu dem zahllosen Fiddle-Punkrock dieser Tage durch ihre Wesentlichkeit und animierenden Charme.

Ausrasten, wild tanzen und feiern – bitte schön! Die eingängigen Melodien – getragen von Banjos, Mandoline und „Fidel“ – werden mit maximal halb verzehrten Gitarren und charakterstarkem Gesang zu kleinen Hymnen unter anderem über die Härten des Lebens („The guest“), Polizeigewalt („Police chief inspector“) und natürlich die Liebe („Drunk vs.

lovesick“). Harmonien und Refrains sind schnell im Ohr und den meisten Lebensfrust vertreiben die flotten Stomper „Waiting“ und „Back up man“ sowie der Titeltrack (Schunkel-Ballade). Wem SIR REG, FLOGGING MOLLY etc.

zu modern und poppig sind, sollte sich nicht vom Walfangverbot abhalten lassen und sich dieses kurzweilige Album angeln. Rettet die Wale!

Lars Weigelt

© by Ox-Fanzine / Ausgabe #95 (April/Mai 2011)

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(DL22) - Greenland Whalefishers - Songs from the Bunker

Mustard Finnegan @ 8:10 pm June 19, 2010

You’ll probably read the Shite’n'Onions list of the best Celtic-punk CDs of all time and will obviously have taken note of Greenland Whalefishers ranking. In fact, of all the CDs listed, GWFs raised the most comment - not that a bunch of Norse men made the list, but the choice should be Down & Out not Loboville. I still stand by Loboville as their greatest and I’m sure my detractors will stand by Down & Out. I’m also willing to stand by the fact that SONGS FROM the BUNKER is the best GWF release since Lobville and I’m will to bet my detractors are willing to insist SONGS FROM the BUNKER is their greatest album since down and out etc.

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(DL22) - Greenland Whalefishers - Songs from the Bunker

The latest Greenland Whalefishers album is finally here and fans of the Norwegian Celtic band will be pleased! We may never get new material from The Pogues but there’s always the Greenland Whalefishers to fill in that void for us!

Songs From the Bunker contains 15 tracks in all, but some tracks are just intro & segway tracks. I don’t really get why bands waste space with short tracks that are only 8 seconds but I’ll let this go since GWF are awesome. Besides the 15 tracks, the album also contains the music video for “Waiting,” which I assume is the band’s single?

The new album starts off with a minute intro that sounds pretty good! Then something jumbled and incoherent from Arvid I presume. “The Guest” and “Waiting” are the beginning tracks, and definitely stand out from the rest. The band sound top notch as always, with Arvid sounding growlier this time around. I actually don’t mind that at all. It’s Celtic punk rock after all; this isn’t American Idol or something. The fast tracks are always fun to listen, but I also love their slower tracks. This album, “I Just Saw You” is an instant favorite of mine. It makes me want to sway back and forth with my girl. Their older songs like “Thirsty Cave” and “Hole in Our Hearts” also make me want to sway too.

Besides sounding like the Pogues, I always felt Greenland Whalefishers were one of the best Celtic bands that stood out from the batch. They write catchy songs with an edge, and seem to know what they are doing. After all, they have been playing as a band since 1993. If I had to have a complaint about the album, the production seems to be a bit off this time. I’m not sure if I’m being too picky but something doesn’t seem as sharp as their other albums. Maybe I need to clean out my ears better?

With that one little complaint, Songs From The Bunker is a must-have from GWF fans. I really hope I get to see this band perform live in the United States. West Coast fans had the pleasure of seeing them back in March, but no East coast. Perhaps next year East Coast fans will get their chance. I think I’ll have these songs memorized by then!

Bottom Line: GWF haven’t released a bad album yet!
Notable Tracks: The Guest, Waiting, Police Chief Inspecter, I Just Saw You

Overall 4 stars

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