Powerful and in your face punk rock is what 4 Past Midnight from Scotland specialize in and they pull it off with brilliantly! Loud, Fast and Powerful are names that should be synomous with any punk rock album released, but nowadays bands have stepped off their soapboxes and opted for the more politicially correct route in hopes of getting a larger audience. Musically 4 Past Midnight sound like a mix of all those 80's sounds you loved or should love (Anarcho, Oi!, Punk), a heavy Exploited sound with a healthy dose of Ramones melody thrown in for good measure.
STILL DYING ZINE
4 PAST MIDNIGHT – “Guilty As Charged”
Powerful and in-your-face punk rock delivered with absolute perfection. 4 Past Midnight prove what a great band they really are with this excellent release. The music is loud and powerful and the issues covered by the lyrics very topical, this album is everything that good street-punk should be. Every track on this album is solid and it’s really hard to pick a favourite, but ‘Going Underground’ is one that definitely stands out as much for its very straight talking subject matter as much as anything else.
I strongly recommend that you give this album a listen, 4 Past Midnight have obviously put a lot into making it and the results are second to none. The band have a lot to say and with an album so full of energy and attitude get the message across very loud and clear.
This album takes no prisoners and is a true inspiration of eighties-inspired street-punk that you just want to keep on playing and playing. You really do need to get hold of a copy of this album, you wont be disappointed.
Wow....an exhilerating blast of Glasgow Streetpunk right in your face.
Trials and Tribulations was a powerful album,but 'Guilty As Charged'
takes it up another level.
Peter is joined on this album by new recruits Marky ( Guitar ) and young
Chris ( Bass ) and the sound and musicianship is much stronger and
tighter. With the right promotion this band can entertain the Punk Rock
world for years.
On this album we have great topics such as War( Solution Is War ), Local
Band Snobbery ( Fuck Them All ),Child Abuse ( Going Undeground), Prison Life
( Only A Memory ), Animal Experimentation (Fits Of Rage ) and Political Satire
( Gordon ).
4 Past Midnight have many adversaries as influences,but the biggest of
all , is life itself and them as a band.
This is a truly inspiring and energetic piece of Punk Rock to come out
of the UK scene for many years !
I can't wait for the next installment...Fuck Aye !
4 PM - Guilty as Charged ( new album )
4 PAST MIDNIGHT - GUILTY AS CHARGED
A band disillusioned with the fucked up fractured scene that Britain has become the 4PM crew are digging in their tartan heels and getting stuck in again. I personally hope they do well because this is a smart little outfit who tear it up wherever they play. Punk needs bands like this but the watering down of actual punk rock gigs has taken its toll and this style of band gets overlooked far too often for flimsier crap that masquerades as punk but is in fact nothing of the sort. 4 Past Midnight have some strong tracks in their armoury and on this latest CD there is a lot more added firepower.
From 1st to last the energy is high, the hatred obvious and the venom virulent. Vocalist Pete tears tonsils as he rages about this, that and t'other. It will be interesting to see how the lads get on in this apathetic pot of toss and if there is any justice they will be doing more than alright.
Machine gun grind eases in before the rabble rousing yell of 'Let's Go' gets even the most doped up punker standing to attention. Immediately 4PM have us by the short and curlies and if this is melodic sadomasochism, then squeeze harder. A class, barnstorming commencement followed by the slightly hectic 'Shit'. Raucous, rabid and riot invoking - quality aggression and rhythm all blended to make a nasty brew. It'll do for me! 'Fuck Them All' next and with a title like that you get the gist. This is a pogoing piece that will have many a sweating crowd sporadically joining in with the more obvious one line proclamations. This is darn decent stuff and people who know me know I prefer punk that is as rusty as fuck and without any pretentious trimmings. 'Out of Time' certainly isn't that and the focus and hard-energy drive is as impressive as ever and really hits the mark. Gritty indeed as is the opening verbals of 'Going Underground'. A strong number and making the first five songs as impressive a line-up as you could wish for.
What I like here is the fact that this music is what it is and never tries to be anything different, anything with subliminal intent. It's up front, all blatant and very spirited.
Next we have a follow up song which is in fact is quite unusual. You think more double ditty's would be done more often but alas no, so this one was eagerly anticipated after the initial '4PM Crew' was a right old sing-a-long classic. '4PM Crew Part 2' is slightly slower paced than its predecessor and thus has a different impact. The aggression is less gung-ho and more subtle as is the overall composition. This doesn't though alter the fact that it is another 'join-in and jig' gem that displays a more cultured side to this outfit. 'Waste Away' reignites the turbo and I really like this one. The first spin can be the most crucial sometimes and during those initial revolutions some songs instantly grab you by the throat and demand the attention. This song does that and with the speed of light tumble towards the final blast it really does keep you on your toes all the way. 'Solution Is War' is more hectic but I think it works ideally, especially after the previous track and it just adds another gear change as well as upholding the violent noise. The almost frantic epilepsy becomes melody threatening, but these guys breath healthy life into the writhing discordance and the song survives. 'Glasgow' rolls in and pays homage to a town full of characters and colour. No shame, no blame and honesty all the way. The tartan is flown here with all the bands might and what a catchy tune they dish out. Scotsmen everywhere will love this one and get the McEwen's Export in because this is surely the boozing high of the album.
'No Feelings' is a tuneful beauty - great verse, great chorus and forgive me if I am wrong but I feel there is some comparison to be made here with some very early Oi. In fact Mickey Fitz could easily put his gob to this one. Mid-paced and delivered perfectly the standard hits a new high and 'All Your Heroes' continues in impressive style with an equal dosage of melody and Oi-esque infection. Another fantastic song and this brace of belters is a pair to admire just like...well before it gets too vulgar you decide! 'Dead End Street' is a grimy hovel triumph that comes straight from where the punk spirit is borne - the gutter. Sometimes we punks may be down, we may be out but we still keep on trying. The quick tempo of this song and genuine heartfelt struggle it relates is true punk at it's best and if you don't like it then where the fuck's yer head at. Will I hear a better continuous trio of songs this year - the chances are - NOT!
'Progress' is the most regulated track on the CD that is good enough but fails to shine because of its brilliant comrades. A ship steadying surge that opens the floodgates for the crazed explosion that is 'Fits Of Rage'. The CD needed a moment like this and this is timed to a tee with the nasty noise proving the incessant rampage is far from over. Cascading drums and buzz saw guitar do damage unlimited and the fact that it precedes a gentle acoustic opening to the next song only enhances the brutality. The next and last song is entitled 'Gordon' and is about, yes you guessed it' that useless Prime Minister of ours - the babbling Mr Brown. The start I am unsure of but when the song eventually kicks in it is with great gusto and energy and rounds off 4PM's best CD to date. Hey and if this ain't enough you get one extra bonus track which is a punked up version of The Ramones' classic 'Pinhead'. It is a rip-roaring effort that brings the ditty up to date and shows how the punk rage has increased over the years.
It will be interesting to see the 4PM Crew in action as it is virtually a completely different line-up. The quality is there on disc and on this evidence I am sure it will be there in the 'Live' arena - I hope so because it's gonna be a real treat for the lovers of no-nonsense punkage...:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />....
FUNGALPUNK - CD REVIEW guilty as charged 4pm ....
4 Past Midnight - Guilty as Charged....
Well ive been listening to this album for a couple of months now, thanks to Peter giving me an advance copy,and i can say it had to be something special to beat the Trials and Tribulations album.This certainly didnt disappoint,it gave me a buzz all the way through, from the opening chords to "Only a Memory" right to the very last .(cover of The Ramones).....
" Shit" is superb,"Fuck them All" i just cant stop singing in my head."The 4 PM Crew pt 2 " is awesome,and i love the guitar in it.( nice wee catchy solo ) "Glasgow " is a pure anthem ,infact quite a few on here could be worthy of being anthems.The album is fast and furious all the way through then suddenly on comes "Gordon" which i didnt expect.Nice, mellow and relaxing for about 15 seconds before it storms into another full frontal attack.You can stamp your feet to this one,i can see this going down pretty well live.Anyway this album has everything,a bit of oi, a bit of punk,its got bollocks,energy,great songs,and lyrics,Peters a good songwriter.The other members did their bit too with the guitar and the bass .The album is quality,i did want to find a fault with at least one song but i couldnt.They put a lot of thought into this,you can tell by the topics they sing about ,"Going Underground" for instance,a very uncomfortable intro but a cracker of a song.This has got to be one of my favourite albums to date, a very talented band with an awesome new album.....
Superb,brilliant,awesome and pure class....
Release date February 2009....
4PM – Guilty As Charged: If some one had told me that 4PM could still be writing excellent tunes after so many changes I'd have thought they were mad! I didn't think Pete and Co could write another album like 'Trials And Tribulations'. I was wrong! This sixteen track album shows Pete has still got it and I'm glad he's got a band that can deliver the goods but with sincerity too! When people say 'Punk Is Dead' they're wrong and this forthcoming 4PM album will put UK Punk back on the map. There's some cracking tracks on here including the opening number 'Only A Memory'. From there it just gets better with 'Fuck Them All', 'Going Underground', 'Waste Away', 'Solution Is War', 'No Feelings', 'Dead End Street' and 'Gordon'. There's not one filler here and what's more every track is worthy of being on here. This is Punk Rock at it's best. Well written lyrics that are socially aware sung away to some catchy solid Punk Rock tunes. I fucking love this baby!! 9.5/10 ....
Street Voice Fanzine....
4 Past Midnight - Guilty as Charged.
I'm going to put my hands up and say that a lot of the eighties UK punk bands left me cold. Their moto of fuck the system was tiresome within seconds of them growling it. Even now I find that many of them were/are mired in a myopic and moronic cul-de-sac with little to say.
However there have always been exceptions to the rule and 4 Past Midnight are my exception. I wouldn't let any of their releases pass me by, and anyone who likes aggressive all out sonic attacks that don't bypass melody should also delve into there back catalogue and check them out.
There latest release - Guilty as Charged - is the perfect example of how punk can still relevantly howl in outrage at social injustice. No subject is taboo for these guys. With a keen eye on what's going on locally to internationally they are never short of an opinion. That they can graft their views onto such powerful music without it resorting to the lowest common denominator of the punk ghetto is testament to their talents.
This band never give anything less than 100% and you can hear the attitude bleed from the speakers. Some bands never fade, but simply become more relevant with every year that passes. 4 Pat Midnight are one of those rare bands.
This will be one of the best punk releases of 2008. Essential.
(El Diablo Fanzine)