I have long been a fan of Rebel Time Records and I own and enjoy almost every single release on the imprint, but for some reason I have always been weary of listening to one particular group that has released music through them, The Class Assassins. I don’t even know if I can come up with a valid reason as to why, which became even more apparent when I actually sat down and listened to them.
I recently sat and listened to their two latest releases, Treason, which is available on 7″ vinyl from Rebel Time Records, and Equalize X Distort The Studio 3 Sessions. The latter recording is an 8 song live recording which was done in November at CIUT FM in Toronto. The recording features 6 songs from the groups back catalog (including ” Treason” and ” Start Again” from the Treason 7″) as well as two covers “Breaking the Law” and “Fortunate Son” (which I have heard covered before but the group has definitely added their own spin to this classic with a bass and drum intro). The recording was apparently limited to 100 copies on cd but it is available in its entirety on their bandcamp page.
Listening to The Class Assassins reminds me of the Street Dogs songs “Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Not because it sounds like it, but because if Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll was added to the many sub-genres of punk I imagine they would have either wrote the recipe for it or redefined it. Now while I am only currently familiar with the 8 tracks from these two releases, they are full of exactly what I like in punk songs,fast paced guitar attacks and fist pumping, rabble rousing, sing along choruses. Treason and Equalize X Distort were my introduction to The Class Assassins, and it is as good as a place as any to start, and I highly recommend you do.