Thursday, June 10, 2010
It's a pretty safe bet to call the Templars one of the best American Oi bands of all time. That might not being saying much, especially since the competition in this country has always been slim. Most American Oi music is horribly one-sided and boring. If you are not a fan of Oi music in general, then none of this probably matters to you anyway.
Thankfully, the Templars draw from more than just the Oi paradigm, with their early material adhering to a very lo-fi garage sound with a semi-clean guitar tone that reminds me of the Kinks or early Who, but also gives a big nod to the French skinhead bands from the early 80s. Look past the gruff vocals, and you'll hear a great garage band in the truest sense of the word (that's where they recorded their best stuff). In many ways they were ahead of the time, but like any Oi band with almost twenty years behind them, the Templars produced their fair share of mediocre songs, and also wrote the occasional patriotic tune that would have your ultra-liberal friend pulling at his collar. One can't help but smile at the irony of writing a song proclaiming "The Sixties are Dead!", when they themselves returned to that decade time and time again for musical influence. Do a little digging, and you will definitely find more than enough gems in their discography to secure their standing as one of the best punk bands of the 90s.
Luckily, I started the digging for you. Below is a link to my favorite Templars jams. If you are already a Templars fan, then let me know what I left off.
Carl's Templars Mix