01. Reason to fight - Up in arms
02. Reason to fight - Potter's Field
03. The 86'ed - America today
04. The 86'ed - Sold out
Released by United Riot Records in 2005.
Two bands from the Manchester Firm crew that has sprouted out a couple of bands through the years (some good, some not so good) like the hardcore band Word for word, The drunks and also the newcommers Yellow stitches.
I wont make no big band-introduction to these bands since they are still int he writing so to speak. Both bands are still active today with The 86'ed releasing their 2008 album America today and Reason to fight releasing their 2009 album Blood & glory. Instead i photoed the "inside" of the split where the bandmembers names are written so read for yourselfs.
Reason to fight represents the side of US Oi! that i hate. In my world hardcore is hardcore and has nothing to do with the skinhead scene but i know of your history and all but it doesnt mean i have to like it right. Their sound (dont know if i should call it Oi!core or NYCH or D-Beat or whatever) is not bad in any way if you enjoy this sort of stuff but for me it's a pain in the ass everytime i have to review these sort of bands.
The 86'ed on the other hand is more around my corner with their goodol' Oi! sound with some patriotic and workingclass oriented lyrics.
First song is a nationalist anthem with lyrics like "Send food and medicine overseas/While we're hungry and diseased/Ship our youth to broken down schools/Only to raise a nation of fools". The song Sold out basicly focuses on the same theme and questions the results of free trade and immigration.
Ying and yang split basicly.