Before The Fall

by The Vindickers

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about

As a Punk Prospect virgin I was dreading my first review in case I was given a lemon, a wet lettuce or a damp squib, whatever that is. Luckily for me I was asked to review Before The Fall by The Vindickers. I'm not saying I struck gold or even found a diamond in the rough but what I have discovered is a band of 70’s punk style with a modern twist and a great sense of humour thrown in for good measure. They’re a refreshing change from your common as muck copy cat pop punk band that lurk around every corner these days.

The album opens strongly with songs about love, relationships and
rumour spreading and back stabbing in the work place. It has a feel of
“we know three chords and we’re gonna use them” but that’s no problem, Green Day have done it for years and Status Quo even longer. The album flows well with a mix of fast and slow songs, and it’s always good to find a few Ska riffs in a punk song - these boys know their roots.One of my favourite tracks 'I Wanna Be a Geek' takes the piss out of nerdy folk who play Role Playing Games and know way too much about Sci-Fi. Not being a geek myself (ahem) I had to look up many references especially about learning to speak LEET (or 1337 apparently), this being (according to good old Wikipedia) an alternative alphabet using mostly numbers or symbols to replace the standard letters. Sounds like a load
of 80110(X5 to me….

With a value for money track count of sixteen you’d expect a few album
fillers, but surprisingly there aren’t really any. Some songs are more
worthy than others but all play their part. Even the bizarre 'Bye Bye
Mama', a Country and Western song about a red neck killing his Mother isn’t out of place, being another piss take it fits in with the fun feel that runs through the album. Saying that though, there are many songs of a more serious note. 'Old Friend' tackles drug addiction and 'Home' is about financial difficulty and losing your, well, home. The end of the album is as strong as the beginning. the title track is an anthem in waiting and guaranteed to get the crowd waving lighters – err sorry I’m showing my age - waving mobiles and nodding their heads in unison. That runs into the final track, or should I say tracks, it’s like a well-known oil - 3 in 1. 'The Gen. Of Ease' would have been a brilliant track to end the album but the surprise is what follows. Sounding like a cover of an unknown Buzzcocks or Undertones song, 'Cuppa Tea' is The Vindickers own work about living on the dole which really takes this reviewer back to his youth and it doesn’t seem right that the best song in my opinion is “hidden”, but maybe that’s the point.

The final, final track took me even more by surprise. A club mix of 'The Gen. Of Ease', called 'The Gen of Peas', complete with Cher-like synthesised vocals. Another piss take and another sign of a band that are having fun, and luckily not a sign of things to come from this band. Still, it gives my Daughter a track to look forward to. If I had to make one criticism it would be that at times the vocals are too mellow. There's a need for an edge, some venom, some bite and I'm occasionally left wondering how a song would sound with a Billy Joe or a Fat Mike singing but hey, now I'm really nit picking! Before The Fall by The Vindickers is a great listen, it has an authentic feel without being dated. The changes in musical styles and mix of humorous to serious lyrics mean it never gets tired, so I give it 4/5. And if you’re interested, a damp squib is an event which people think will be exciting but which is disappointing when it happens.
So there you go.

Dave Bird - Punk Prospect

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released November 2, 2012

Jme J - Vocals & guitar
Paul Daly - Bass
Jay Maplesden - Drums

Mixed and mastered by James Gulliver
Drums on "Bye Bye Mama" - James Gulliver
Saxophone on "Better Than Me" - Ian Hardy

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Masters of infectious and jumping tracks The Vindickers are a punk rock band with a passionate and powerful old school sound. Their music is packed with fast paced guitars, catchy vocals, strong punchy bass, rolling drums and infectious melodies.

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Track Name: These Love Songs Don't Make Sense
Listening to the new songs that the radio puts on
All they seem to song about is this thing that they call love
Call me skeptical, call me insecure I don't know
They want to give a constellation and the moon on a stick
To their latest proclaimation, I must have missed a trick
Do I wanna hear about two more people getting it on?
I don't know, but I don't think so

And it's all "yeah, yeah" and "ooh babe"s and "I want you back"
"If I were with you babe, I wouldn't feel trapped"
Big concert brand bands with shiny bronze tans
Is it all pretend? These loves songs, they don't make sense

Scrolling through my latest Facebook applications
Contemplating inviting the object of my affections
'What Drink Are You?' 'Will You Be My Best Friend?' I don't know
Check my empty inbox, have a practice on the guitar
Did no-one think to inform me that the single life is this hard
With so many friends how could I feel lonely
I don't know, but I never thought so

And it's all "yeah, yeah" and "ooh babe"s and "I want you back"
"If I were with you babe, I wouldn't feel trapped"
Big concert brand bands with shiny bronze tans
Is it all pretend? These loves songs, they don't make sense

I sit there and watch her
I suddenly wonder
I didn't know I liked you
Do you find me attractive too?
Struck dumb with nothing to say
I've become a love song cliche
Oh no! From now on it's 'ya-da ya-da'

And it's all "yeah, yeah" and "ooh babe"s and "I want you back"
"If I were with you babe, I wouldn't feel trapped"
Big concert brand bands with shiny bronze tans
Is it all pretend? These loves songs, they finally make sense

They finally make sense
Track Name: Office Goss
Wanna hide your love? Keep it covered up?
Did you do something at the weekend that you hope no-one brings up?
Everybody’s got a dirty secret, or so it seems
And they really, really need it to stay discreet

The ears prick up and the eyes grow wide
And then the rumours spread like wildfire

“Did you hear about Jamie J? I heard he’s having a kid!”
“Did you hear what Katie said? Sounds like she’ll be quids in”
“Guess which supervisor’s having an illicit affair!”
“Can you believe that short, short skirt Christina wears?”

Well there are some people
Who like to throw away
Casual comments
Of things they have no say in
They can be mean
And they won’t just let it be
You’d expect better from your own team!

Wanna go online? The bids are up to nine
Well you better check over your shoulder
You don’t want the wannabe to catch ya
Everybody’s got a job to do, or so it seems
But she’s got some intriguing news that you have to hear

Well there are some people
Who like to throw away
Casual comments
Of things they have no say in
They can be mean
And they won’t just let it be
You’d expect better from your own team!

“Did you hear about Jamie J? I hear he’s having a girl”
“You could win a cruise in the prize draw, think I’ll give it a whirl”
“Did you know that Robbie smoked ganja back in his college days”
“Did you know our new IT guy is in fact gay?”

Well there are some people
Who like to throw away
Casual comments
Of things they have no say in
They can be mean
And they won’t just let it be
You’d expect better from your own team!
Track Name: Surrogate
You grew up and I was there
To fill in for your Daddy’s lost weekends
Then I moved in for a little while
While your Mother made her plans
And I just sat around until school was out
(Playing World of Warcraft)
I had not yet figured out what family was about

Oo, won’t you be a friend of mine
Or would that waste your time?
I want you to be a friend of mine
Even if it doesn’t seem that way sometimes

You grew bored and I was there to play with your toys
My old Transformers
Were a staple in our brotherhood
Your Mother understands
How it must be strange that I’m not around
(I’ve moved on and out)
If I’d loved her the way I shoulda, we coulda worked it out

Oo, won’t you be a friend of mine
Or would that waste your time?
I want you to be a friend of mine
Even if it doesn’t seem that way sometimes
Track Name: The Ones That Get Away
He never wanted you and that's the painful truth
You dread the day will come when he wants somebody else
You wish you'd never met, you wish that you were dead
You miss his sweet clumsy negligence
Heaven knows that it has been great up until now

You can't force someone to love you
You can't force someone to care
So just pick up the pieces
Keep smiling and take it from there

There she goes again, walking round my head
She would smile at me, then I'm lost in my fantasy
Will she break my heart before I've made a start
Maybe now's the time that I should start making my move

You can't force someone to love you
You can't force someone to care
So just pick up the pieces
Keep smiling and take it from there
Track Name: I Wanna Be Geek
FTW!

I’m working hard on my vocabulary
But these days my head seems empty
Can’t recall very much from school
But I’m fitting in with the uncool
I’ve been playing an MMORPG
Couple of years of being glued to the screen
I’m learning all the names from Star Wars
And studying up on Federation law

Oh I want to be a geek
I want to learn how to speak L33T
Yeah I want to be a geek
Fixing my own PC sounds neat

I want to fight warlocks in mystical lands
And sign up to a werewolf clan
Someday I’ll go to Comicon
Just to find out what goes on
Have you seen the new graphics generator
Or tested out the new console beta?
It’s an exciting time to be born
Can you download me more free porn?

Oh I want to be a geek
I want to learn how to speak L33T
Yeah I want to be a geek
Fixing my own PC sounds neat
Track Name: Better Than Me
Dumb it down and play it up
That’s how the general public will swallow it up
Ad campaigns and daily news
D’you get the feeling we’re being used
Brush your teeth and go to sleep
Let us take care of your problems professionally
Buy a house and renovate
It’s one more thing that we could come and take

By now we’re thinking all the same things
But I don’t care
Who ever wants to be controlled
We are all emotional souls who can’t make up our own mind
So make it up for me, go ahead;

Think my thoughts better than me
Beat my heart better than me
Walk my walk better than me
(And no, I don’t want to see you try)
Enjoy my job better than me
Sing my songs better than me
Love my loved ones better than me
Are you sure you want to interfere in my affairs?

You have your say, you have your vote
You can pick which politician says do what your told
Don’t be mean, you can go green
Get out there and plant some trees
Watch TV, read magazines
You fund the fashion, film, and music industries
Don’t smoke and don’t do drugs
A good education will get you to the top

By now we’re thinking all the same things
But I don’t care
Who ever wants to be controlled
We are all emotional souls who can’t make up our own mind
So make it up for me, go ahead;

Think my thoughts better than me
Beat my heart better than me
Walk my walk better than me
(And no, I don’t want to see you try)
Enjoy my job better than me
Sing my songs better than me
Love my loved ones better than me
Are you sure you want to interfere in my affairs?
Track Name: Home
This year I said goodbye to my abode
The place that I considered home
That kept the world from me
It holds a lot of memories
A lot of lessons learned in there
If I could win the lottery
I would buy it back again

You see, to me it’s more than just a property
But I had to leave
We just didn’t have the money

I’ve settled in, but these new walls are not ideal
It doesn’t have that homely feel
Deliveries impede my sleep
Few people come to see me
Though I have my double bed to share
If I could earn a million
I’d buy my home back again

You see, to me it’s more than just a property
But I had to leave
We just didn’t have the money
Track Name: A Mind Made Up
I didn’t want to be the one to make you feel bad
I’d hoped I would be the man who you’d never had
When you first cried to me, you just seemed lonely
So I figured let’s give us a chance

As you sit home all day
I'd think of all the better ways
For you to spend your time
But you’d made up your mind

Before we’d even met (your mind)
You knew you’d have no regrets (your mind)

While I kick myself for trusting you
I won’t abandon our baby too
If things with us were more on the level
I wouldn’t keep it in; I’d tell you

As you sit home all day
I'd think of all the better ways
For you to spend your time
But you’d made up your mind

Before we’d even met (your mind)
You knew you’d have no regrets (your mind)
Track Name: Harrie B
Well why didn’t you say that all you wanted to see
Was the gift I’ve been blessed with so you’d finally talk to me
I’ll never figure you out, I just can’t read the signs
Do you think you want me now, or are you still undecided?
Well, let me tell ya;

I don’t wanna want you anymore, you’re not right for me
I don’t wanna want you anymore, I can’t get any sleep

I have been OK with this because I’m too scared to ask
You are too pretty for me, with way too much class
Your social life’s just beginning, mine’s coming to an end
You’re the One That Got Away; but did you comprehend?

I don’t wanna want you anymore, you’re not right for me
I don’t wanna want you anymore, I can’t get any sleep

And I cannot take it anymore
To hear you stomping through the office door
I can’t bear looking up to see
Yet again, you won’t acknowledge me

I don’t wanna want you anymore, you’re not right for me
I don’t wanna want you anymore, I can’t get any sleep
Track Name: Bye Bye Mama
Me and my ol’ Mama lived on this farm since my birth
She sits there sipping whiskey while I do all the work
And as I mop my brow from toiling in the hot midday sun
I hear my Mama yelling; “Boy, git my bubble-bath run!”

I had enough I tell ye! One day I just snapped.
Let me tell you what I did…

And so I hit her with a shovel and throwed her down the well
That was the end of her drinking troubles and the end of mine as well
Oh if I had another chance maybe I wouldn’ta been so hasty
‘Cause when I’m thinking long and hard about it, I know - I shoulda grabbed her gold teeth!

Coulda got me a few bucks for dem…
I got dreams to fulfil

Well I never been to Texas
And I never been with a perdy whore
I ain’t never drived a shiny Lexus
And I’ve never shopped in a fancy department store… that’s right!

Now I’m counting all the cash from my Mama’s secret stash
Cooking up my own version of Mama’s corned beef hash
When I hears a gentle moaning from the cupboard under the stairs
I go to have a look-see and find out;

Mama’s come back from the dead!
Mama’s come back from the dead!
Mama’s come back from the dead!

You low-down good for nothing son of a-

I’m sorry Mama!

I’m gonna haunt you so bad, you gonna stop eating just so’s you can’t make no more crap to git scared outta ya! You’re comin’ wit’ me t’hell!

Mama’s come back from the dead!
Track Name: Old Friend
I thought I missed you!
You were once a good influence on me
We’d see my friends, together
And you’d help me figure out the mysteries
You’re not as strong as I remember
Not as kind to me
And for the whole week after
You make me hate me

Well I’m not concerned that you’re illegal
Don’t give a damn if you make me ill
You’ve had your run, I’ve had my fun
I’ll find my own way to how you make me feel

The party’s far from being over
Another beer and I’ll head on over
Who needs chemicals to feel divine?
I’ll have another drink on my friend Jack
And be just fine

Hard House and Ambient Trance
Should have never been given a chance
You opened my mind to repetitive beats
Pulling me to the dance floor and off my shy seat
I could talk to girls I’d never met
Feel their pain, even not fear sex!
You can make best friends with biggest nerd
Discuss in depth; theories you’ve never heard

Well I’m not concerned that you’re illegal
Don’t give a damn if you make me ill
You’ve had your run, I’ve had my fun
I’ll find my own way to how you make me feel

The party’s far from being over
Another beer and I’ll head on over
Who needs chemicals to feel divine?
I’ll have another drink on my friend Jack
And be just fine

Well I guess it goes hand in hand
I’m a victim of a punk rock band
I don’t expect you to understand
When nothing goes along as planned
And I know it won’t be bland
This ship’s sailing out unmanned
‘cause I’ve grown quite attached
Just me and my old punk rock band
Now I know

This is the way for me old friend
Track Name: All's Fair
Yay, I want you to have freedom in love
Yeah so, don’t think you are pushing your luck

What if she’s in your Top 3?
Will you act upon it?
Don’t hold back for the sake of me
Your happiness depends on it
We’ll get along, friendship is strong
I’ve had my chances
What’s done is done, you can’t go wrong
So take your chances

Yay, I want you to have freedom in love
Yeah so, don’t think you are pushing your luck

What if he’s Mr right?
Will you let him go?
What will you learn from hindsight?
You think you’re better off alone
You may be scared, but we’re all there
To help you open up
When all is said, what’s to compare?
So take your chances

Yay, I want you to have freedom in love
Yeah so, don’t think you are pushing your luck

I’m giving you an open door
‘Cause all is fair in love and war
We’re not at war

Yay, I want you to have freedom in love
Yeah so, don’t think you are pushing your luck
Track Name: Before The Fall
The warmth has gone, the days draw in
It’s harder to remember where you’ve been
Thinking back to more joyful times
Was your love for them a lie?
I’m not ready for a brave new world
Will I measure up for my little girl?

You question your validity
Can you keep it together financially?
Kids today are harder to please
But I’ll never let you catch me on my knees
I’m not ready for a brave new world
Will I measure up for my little girl?

Well you gotta learn from your mistakes
They cannot be undone
You only grow from your risk-takes
Going after what you want
You’ll go after what you want
You’ll go after what you want

Try to get through the working day
Don’t worry about what they might say
Wonder how you’ll ever get by
Without them there keeping you alive
I’m not ready for a brave new world
Will I measure up for my little girl?

Well you gotta learn from your mistakes
They cannot be undone
You only grow from your risk-takes
Going after what you want
You’ll go after what you want
You’ll go after what you want

Life don’t matter to me
Life don’t matter to me
It's all about you
Before the fall
Before the fall, I loved you
Track Name: The Gen, Of Ease
Living the life, with a real life
I don't know how you do it
Beautiful child, beautiful wife
And working an honest living

Doesn't anything scare you under those awesome tatoos?
Following only your own rules in your democracy

I got a body in the trunk that I'll never find
A lack of ambition is my biggest crime
I don't wanna be a rock star on the cover of Time
So why the envious eyes?

Hell, I say I'm done with waiting
Along for the ride with limited time
I'm pretty sure you can do it
You are our voice with all the right lines
Rest assured by your charismatic smile

Doesn't anything scare you under those awesome tatoos?
Following only your own rules in your democracy

I got a body in the trunk that I'll never find
A lack of ambition is my biggest crime
I don't wanna be a rock star on the cover of Time
So why the envious eyes?

Sixteen was too soon for me to decide
What the hell to do with the rest of our lives
We all wish we had the luxury of hindsight
For lack of a guiding light

I got a body in the trunk that I'll never find
A lack of ambition is my biggest crime
I don't wanna be a rock star on the cover of Time
So why the envious eyes?

I never had the guts to do what I fear
Putting on a brave face to hide how I feel
Now I watch other bands with younger energy
With envious eyes