The OK Social Club’s debut album ‘Nothing In Common’, yielded 3 singles – ‘The Shape Of Things To Come’, ‘The Late 90’s’ and ‘Gezellig’, with their music appearing on various TV and Radio shows including Soccer AM, Sunday Brunch, Hollyoaks, BBC Radio One Introducing and ‘Single of the Month’ on BBC’s The Janice Forsyth Show. The band also won Steve Lamacq’s Rebel Playlist feature.
The OK Social Club, who consists of Raff Eragona – Vocals, Guitars, Chris Finn – Guitars, Backing Vocals, Gordy Burn – Bass, Jordan Harvey – Drums, spent most of 2013 playing around the UK and Europe including appearances at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, and The Wickerman festival in Scotland. They also won Best Live Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. They are now back in the studio, recording their follow up to be released later this year.
The first single to be released from their second album is ‘Threads’ accompanied by B-side ‘Made In The Shade’. The new single is released on Platform Records – available at all download stores from March 31st 2014.
As a jaded old rocker who grew up with bands like the Clash, the Jam, the Dead Kennedys, the Ramones, The Sex Pistols and the UK Subs, who walked the talk, my hopes are never too high when I hear any hype about new-found alternative rock or punk-based bands. The same applied on listening to The OK Social Club.
Well you can put your worries to rest. ‘Threads’ and it’s B-side ‘Made In The Shade’ are indeed great songs. There is enough depth, talent and fun to rise far above the current wave of musical boredom playing the rounds.
The songs are well written with great, sing-a-long pop melodies, jangling rock guitars, a touch of punk angst and matching tempos thrown in for good measure. The OK Social Club brings all their influences and attitudes together throughout the double-sided single with some help from great production. It’s this solid production that has enough attitude and live-sounding raw energy, which finally clinches it for me.
The OK Social Club sound like the real thing from top to bottom. There is simply no denying their originality, energy, and incredible song writing talent. If you miss the good old days of real Brit mod and punk, give these guys a listen. You’ll be hooked!