Straight outta the polluted waters of Niagara Falls, NY, the boys of Working Class Stiffs joined the Camp Punksylvania family when they won the People’s Choice contest along with IDLEMINDS this past spring. Blending the
Straight outta the polluted waters of Niagara Falls, NY, the boys of Working Class Stiffs joined the Camp Punksylvania family when they won the People’s Choice contest along with IDLEMINDS this past spring. Blending the sounds of ska, punk, and hardcore, they truly radiate high energy sound. This group consists of Brian Winker on vocals, Joe Scrivano on bass, John Agnello on guitar, and Bob Moyer on drums.
So to pick up on the People’s Choice story that I started with the IDLEMIND review…. Don’t know what I’m talking about?! Shame on you, go get caught up here. One day, I was minding my business while watching this gridlock battle and I got a message out of nowhere from members of both bands. They wanted to know what was preventing us from having both of them on our lineup. I explained that we were a small DIY event and we didn’t have the money in the budget for that. Then something happened that we never saw coming in a million years. These beautiful humans asked if they could share the stage time and split the cash that was being paid out. This spirit was the entire reason that the girls and I started Camp Punx in the first place. Of course we were saying “fuck yes” to this arrangement. These guys already stole our earholes with the noise they make, but they stole our hearts after all of that shit. Oh, and PS… we all found out later that the Meme War was staged….. Wtf, boys? Anyway, album review time.
Released in November of last year, Rich Man’s Country is the band’s debut to the scene. Initially my top pick for People’s Choice, (sorry IDLEMINDS) it was the intensity of “Hoodrat” that pulled me in immediately. Gutter Punks and Hood Rats will always be kin so I was super excited to see that it was the title of track. The actual song did not disappoint for a second. It was definitely a great choice to kick off the album, cos it punched me in the face from jump. Then it made me wanna dance around the room and break some stuff.
“Skate Hate” is the next stand out for me. It’s just all around aggression. I’m not sure if John’s heavy hitting guitar riffs or Wink’s gritty vocals that kick me harder. This song reads like my weekend as a teenager: running around, raising hell, getting drunk, and dodging cops. How many of you can relate?
I was feeling this album up to this point. But then “What’s Going On” rang out and that was when I fell in love with this band. Hands down, this is my favorite song and I will stop whatever I’m doing when it plays and take a few minutes to jam. Actually, I make my dogs crazy when this plays cos I dance all around them. Courtesy of Joe, the bass line is straight up juicy throughout. Too bad he shares his alcohol preference with 16 year old girls. Just teasing, we adore him.
“Rich Man’s Country” roars with fire instrumentals blended perfectly together. The percussion stands out the most with Bob hammering without missing a beat or taking a break. Not only is this the album’s title track, but it’s almost the battle cry of the band. Illustrating the current caste system that supposedly doesn’t exist in the United States, this song highlights the struggles of those wearing blue shirts with calloused hands.
The LP finishes with “You” and I thought maybe they were gonna end it on a slower tempo, but nope. This song slowly builds intensity not only melodiously, but lyrically as well. This song feels a little personal and that makes for great music. It was a solid way to end this album.