The Terraces are proud to announce
In the days before punk rock tunes became the stuff of new wave in discos, it once revelled with injection. It gave the youth of yesterday’s society a voice and an identity, a powerful will and a sense of pride. It could not be beaten down or subjected to. The assumption amongst punk rockers was that their music was an expression and rebellion against all things conservative. A time not so long ago when loud guitars and big choruses changed the world forever. A time when the change was heard from the terraces of football grounds and night clubs. Through this passion and punk-rock ethos often referred to as “rebel rousing” we come to a band that takes its name and identity from this very source: The Terraces
The honesty of working class life: unbridled football passion: street-life serenades written about suburban life: anthemic yet snarling punk at its raucous best. Straight forward and uncomplicated yet still with a hint of intimidation. This isn’t any old tedious, domesticated or aspirational punk. The Terraces are back to basics, pissed off and give the ears no quarter. Their lyrics create vignettes of working-class life with endearing honesty and they draw bitter and uncompromising conclusions on the times we live in.
The Terraces are an eloquent, driven sound marked by rich and succinct guitar work by Dean Tsolondres, punctuated with intelligent drumming. Buckley’s voice is relentless, reminiscent of punk legends such as Joe Strummer and Jimmy Pursey. Any fans that revel in a street-punk sound and an honest, warts ‘n’ all approach, will have appreciated the perfectly exemplified attitude on their recent debut self-titled album and will be no-doubt frothing at the mouth in anticipation for their imminent new EP.
The boys are back in August, touring with Electric River touring their brand new EP – Extra Time, stay tuned for a brand new video clip due to be released in a couple of weeks.
Here is what the press had to say about their début album and single just to whet your appetites further.
Classic Rock Issue 173 Summer 2012 pg 107
It’s easy to forget that in the days before punk became the stuff of Olympic opening ceremonies it once revelled with injection.
It’s a lesson not lost on former One Way System frontman Gary Buckley, who vents his spleen here on a series of terrific Clash-inspired anthems, backed by a crack band marshalled superbly by D4 producer Kalju Tonuma.
It’s unquestionably time-warped, but there’s no doubting the sincerity of the bristling street-life serenades.
Short Back & Sides – think Malcolm Owenfronting Sham – comes complete with a lyrical nod to The Likely Lads, while rabble-rousing stand-out The Internationals is as rowdy as the Gaslight Anthem at kicking-out time.
And anyone still wondering where all the boot-boys went need look no further than 25 Years, on which Buckley bellows: ‘ Two nil down when half-time comes’, proving that some things never change.
Review by: Steve Fallows – August 4, 2012
Anglo Australian four piece The Terraces have launched onto the scene with this very impressive ten track debut effort. Led by former One Way System frontman Gary Buckley, they have produced undoubtedly one of the finest punk albums you will hear this year, and quite possibly for quite a few years previous.
From the moment that ‘The Internationals’ starts up to the very last notes of ‘Victoria’ the album does not let up at all. Songs like the opener, ‘The Union’ (which was the lead single) and ’25 Years’ are almost perfect in the way they balance the infectious melodies with a 70‘s / 80‘s punk edge. Vitriolic at times, but never too harsh. Melodic but with enough threat to distance itself from much of the current scene.
Aside from the first track, ‘Short Back & Sides’ has he most immediately memorable refrain, using the theme from the Likely Lads for the inspiration to its chorus.
Taking obvious influences from the likes of the Ramones and the Sex Pistols as well as having more than a hint of Rancid and Dropkick Murphys (minus the Irish sound). Producer Kalju Tonuma (Killing Joke, The D4, The Living End) described the band as loud proud straight up and honest, and that fits the bill perfectly.
This is a collection of anthemic yet snarling punk at its raucous best. Straightforward and uncomplicated, radio friendly enough to give them the chance of plenty of airplay, yet still has that hint of intimidation that hundreds of current punk bands would do well to learn from. It’s always good to hear something new that you like, but to hear something this impressive is indeed a joy. You hear hints and tastes of many old bands and tracks during the half hours running time, and once in your mind they will stay there for days.
Vive Le Rock (Magazine)
English/Australian punk rockers unleash strutting début
Formerly founding One Way System in England, the first band to sign to Cherry Red’s Anagram label and enjoy chart success in the 80’s in the UK and Europe, Gary Buckley has now moved to Melbourne and got together a new band of old school punks. From the band name and the chants “United! United!” at the end of the opener “The Internationals”, there’s certainly an Oi! influence. However, the reggae-influenced punk stomp of “Care About Nothing” and the raucous “Union” show this four-piece have got a few tricks up their sleeves. However, for better or worse, it’s mostly stripped back, simple and punchy – see the football-referencing ’25 Years’ and the self-explanatory ‘The Hustler’. The aggression is matched with melody throughout though, making this an enjoyable listen to sing along with a fist in the air.
By Steve DIY Streetvoice UK
THE TERRACES – Union: Since this track fell into my hands last night I haven’t been able to listen to anything else. This catchy slab of punk rock has really gotten in my head. I love it. If you ever imagine a cross between the Alarm, Big Country and the Clash then the Terraces would certainly come to mind. Gaz Buckley who was an original member of One Way System really grabs you with his vocals. However let’s not forget the rest of the band who play with so much love and passion. If I was to form a band then I would love a sound like the Terraces have. Watch out for the forthcoming album. 9.5/10
THE TERRACES – S/T: After hearing the ‘Union’ single I was hoping the album would arrive shortly after and I didn’t have to wait long! Would the album live up to my expectations? The Terraces album has surpassed all expectations. I love it! I wished there would have been more tracks on here but I guess quality is better than quantity. For me the Terraces are everything that is missing from punk rock these days. While so many bands try to outdo the likes of Discharge it’s great to see a band go back to their roots and write great tunes. For example listen to ‘Short Back And Sides’ and that wouldn’t be out of place on the debut Clash album. Then there’s tracks such as ‘Union’, ’25 Years’, ‘Dundas Street’, ‘The International’ and ‘What Can I say’. Brilliant! If you want to hear a band that upholds the true spirit of punk then I suggest you give the Terraces debut album a listen! 10/10
Ross Ferrone Rock-Regeneration
Union is the first single to be lifted from the self-titled album by London/Melbourne Punks ‘The Terraces’. With a moniker like that one is immediately drawn to memories of late 70′s Britain. Former One Way System singer Gary Buckley (vox) has a distinct vocal style with echoes of one J. Strummer.
The lyrics are honest,heartfelt and have a whiff of working class life. There is real energy in his vocal delivery, you get the feeling they really mean what they say. The song itself reminds me of The Wildhearts at their anthemic best (that’s if Ginger was a cockney)! This song I feel would appeal to a wide range of Punk Rock Fans,from those like myself hankering the days of the Pistols et al, to the likes of Dropkick Murphy’s fans. With ‘old school’ Punk back in vogue and a Jubilee just around the corner the time is right for The Terraces. We look forward to their live shows if this is just a taster.
Nuno Saque Ferreira – Altsounds
Hailing from England and the working class suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, punk rockers THE TERRACES – Fronted by punk icon Gary Buckley (ex-One Way System) – release their first single ‘Union’ THIS WEEK!! The single is taken from their debut self-titled album which is due to hit stores on April 30th and is accompanied by an awesome new video.
Produced by legendary producer Kalju Tonuma (Killing Joke, The D4, The Living End) THE TERRACES‘ debut album is a punk rock bullet. From the punk fuelled stamp and swing of ‘Care About Nothing’ to the fist in the air anthem ‘Union’, they play a raucous, foot stomping brand of punk rock.
With a gritty, urban sound that brings to mind everyone from The Gaslight Anthem to The Clash, THE TERRACES are ‘no frills’ in the best possible way. Simply put, they couldn’t be further from the over produced gloss that passes for Punk in 2012!
As a founding member of the band ‘One Way System’ Gary (THE TERRACES‘ vocalist) became the first band to sign to Cherry Red’s ‘Anagram’ label (Anti Nowhere League, Meteors, UK Subs, Vibrators, The Exploited, Alien Sex Fiend etc). With chart positions throughout the UK and Europe ‘One Way System’ helped Gary secure his position as a true punk icon. And with THE TERRACES he shows he has no intention of delivering anything other than 100% raucous energy and infectious melody!
Having signed to BLAST RECORDS earlier this year, THE TERRACES, are readying themselves for an all out assault on British shores.
Johnny H. Uberrock
So there I was just a few short weeks ago on these same hallowed pages lamenting the fact that my fave Aussie punks The Living End had effectively become a mainstream pop band on their last album ‘The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating’, when what should pop through the Uber mailbox but this storming 10 track debut from Melbourne quartet The Terraces, and suddenly I have an all new fave bunch of Aussie punks to tell you all about.
Produced by Kaliju Tonuma (who has worked with the likes of Killing Joke, The D4 and The Living End) what you have here ladies and gentlemen is the “must hear punk rock album of 2012”, produced by three Australian’s and a certain British frontman you may have already have come across in the distant past (but more of this later). From anthemic opener ‘The Internationals’ through to the menacing swagger of closing track ‘Victoria’ each track on this self-titled debut is a solid blast of punk rock that will leave you marvelling at how great music can be when it is kept straightforward and direct. This is music played from the heart that doesn’t take any prisoners along the way.
So what do The Terraces actually sound like? Well imagine the best parts of Sham 69 or Cock Sparrer sandwiched in bewteen some D Generation and Heavy Metal Kids and then add just a smidgeon of The Almighty, give them some razor sharp tunes to play and you won’t be too far off the mark.
And you couldn’t get a better introduction to The Terraces than the aforementioned album opener ‘The Internationals’, sounding as timeless as all great rock ‘n’ roll music does, frontman Gary (Gene) Buckley (you getting the clues?) stamps his presence all over a guitar lick that immediately has me checking to see if Richard Bacchus has played on the album. ‘The Internationals’ is a three minute lesson in what it sounds like when a band “plays to win” and why the fuck should they “ever want fit in” when they sound this good eh?
Just when I start to get the feeling that things can only go downhill from here, up pops the album’s second track ‘Care About Nothing’ with Buckley now adapting to a vocal approach more akin to say Gary Holton, and here I think the one time One Way System/Horse (London)/Head Inc man (yup Gary is indeed THAT Gary Gene sleaze rock fans) has finally found his true spiritual home, spitting out cockney-barra-boy lyrics over a skanking track that could easily have fallen off, say ‘Anvil Chorus’. The Terraces may be an Australian band, but the tales of George Best, and The Likely Lads’ that make up ’25 Years’ sound about as British as they come, and this is perhaps one of the most endearing qualities of The Terraces music when so many other bands playing this type of stuff look across the North Atlantic for their influences.
With the straightforward and direct approach to songwriting meaning that no track passes the 3 minutes 30 seconds mark, it is the album’s first single ‘Union’ (clocking in a 3:28) that is perhaps the only track that I feel like skipping, but then again it also possesses a melody that has been stuck in my (suede) head for the best part of 2 weeks now so it is by no means a shabby affair. Maybe it’s just a little bit too Almighty sounding (Gary having toured with said band many times in the past) for a band that can deliver their own killer blows. And these knuckle-duster hard musical punches continue to rain down think and fast as ‘The Hustler’, ‘Dundas St’ and ‘What Can I Say’ all thunder by leaving you humming their choruses after just one listen.
In the run up to the end of this review I’d been scribbling down loads of other musical reference points for tracks like ‘Short Back And Sides’ ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Victoria’, but I really don’t see the point in spoiling the musical journey of discovery that awaits you when you listen to ‘The Terraces’ in its totality. This is an album so essential that I went out and purchased a proper copy (you can get it direct from their record label via the link below) to replace my promo, so I now own it twice. You may wonder is that actually a sane and rational thing to do? Well in this age of all seater stadium rock ‘n’ roll sterility The Terraces are a welcome return to the ruck ‘n’ roll days of yore and it’s always handy when you have a mob this brutal on your side, and in your record collection.
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