Originally from Nova Scotia and now calling Montreal home are the Oi! punk rockers Out of Order. They have recently released their second full length album, Better Days.
Aside from a brief hiatus back in 2012, the band has been active since 2001. They have really stepped it up in 2013. Busy in the studio for the better part of the last year, “Dog Bite”, the first track on the album, was released in early May on a split 7″ single with the band “Gag Order.” In the true sense of Oi!, “Dog Bite” is raw, honest and lets you know with whom not to fuck.
“Dog Bite” sets the tone for the album, and track two, “Keeping Score”, keeps the momentum going with awesome guitar riffs and strong vocals coming from lead man, Scott Maracle. The title track, “Better Days,” comes mid-album and shows off the back-up vocals of Joel Bellemare and Yanick Renault, on guitar and bass respectively. You can check it out on Youtube complete with lyrics.
My favorite track on the album is “Jackals”. It’s powerful and has amazing drumming from the talented Guillaume Lauzon. “Riot” was also a really forceful track that I’m sure would get a mosh going hard.
It took me a few seconds after listening to the first line in track 9, “my sister got lucky, married a yuppie, took him for all he was worth”, to realize it was a Tom Petty cover of “Yer So Bad” off of Full Moon Fever from 1989. I still remember the “Die Yuppie Scum” shirt that a background character was wearing in the video. They did a great job on this cover and I think Tom Petty himself would dig it.
The album ends heavy and vigorous with track 11, “No Way Out”. It is a crowd pleaser for sure as it sounds like a good drinking tune to which you can sing along.
I’m not sure who is responsible for the cover art but they’ve done an awesome, professional job on the photo. The band’s name is written in blood on a wall behind some poor bastard that has just blown his brains out.
Overall, Out of Order’s sound is consistently exuberant and Better Days is a formidable album. I give it a 7.5. I can imagine they’re really fun live; hopefully I’ll get to catch them when they play Montreal on August 23rd, location to be announced. They are currently on an US/Canadian tour, so check their site for locations and dates.
Written by Joey Beaudin