I’ve always pondered the expression “balls to the wall.” What are we talking about? Testicles? A tennis ball? It’s a weird expression, and yet I think it’s the perfect one to describe Legends Never Die, (released November 9th, 2018) the latest from Hamilton, ON four-piece punk rockers, The Castor Troys. These guys are balls to the wall…I mean, look at the album cover! That skeleton is fucking driving at the speed of light! The energy level on this EP is off the charts. It slows down for no one and has got this reviewer right fired up and energized.
Legends Never Die gets by on its attitude alone. It’s a short one at just six songs and seventeen minutes, but that’s all The Castor Troys really need to get their point across; very punk rock. “We Are One” is all you can ask for in a punk rock song. With ripping guitars, fast rhythm, catchy group vocal chorus, aggressive lyrics, you can’t ask for anything more. It is very reminiscent of The Offspring or Pennywise, and the alt-punk flavour of the mid nineties. “Watch The City Burn” is more of a classic rocker, maybe with a little southern vibe to it. It had me thinking of Ram Jam’s “Black Betty,” at least at the start. It showcases lead vocalist Aaron Walsh’s storytelling capabilities as he spins a yarn about Hamilton and his seeming irreverence for it.
The Castor Troys never stray too far from their formula, as each of the six songs rip around the same BPM. But I guess I should have seen that coming from the album cover; that car is not slowing down! It’s a fantastic formula, though, so I see no harm in running it into the ground. The great thing about punk fans who like fast-paced music is that they will most likely never grow tired of it. As long as there’re people out there who love to rip it up in the pit, drive their cars 100 miles per hour, and get lit on whatever their poison is, The Castor Troys will have no problem finding success.
Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Kate Erickson