'Forever' by Cock Sparrer is classic punk
Pirates Press Records

Cock Sparrer is a bit of an anomaly. The band has been around more than four decades, but may not be too well known outside of devoted punk fans. On its new album Forever, the band shows that its spirit is still strong even after all these years.

You'll find some recurring themes on this album. One of them is standing together against adversity, and examples of this theme are "One by One" and "Us Against the World". Both of these songs are about knowing that you'll be OK as long as you stand with your mates to take on any foes that come at you. These songs are common in theme and also in the fact that they will make you pump your fist and sing along.

Lost of artists have written and recorded breakup songs. This album contains a breakup song, but it is about a breakup with a friend instead of a significant other. In this song, Colin McFaull sings about a former friend who can no longer be trusted and is therefore "no longer part of my plan." Like any good breakup song, this one leaves no doubt, especially with the lyrics, "you and me are through." 

Not surprisingly for punk, this album also has some political commentary in the song "Believe". The song is full of strong lyrics questioning the way things are currently. The lyrics that stand out the most are, "CEOs make billions from inventions that attack." McFaull goes on to say that those in control try to convince you that it's to your benefit to join the fight. It's a powerful song.

Dropkick Murphys is a band that claims Cock Sparrer as a big influence. You can definitely see the similarities. Both bands excel at writing songs about friendship and fighting through adversity. Both bands also excel at writing songs that are easy to sing. When you listen to this album, you realize that every concert of this band must be a big sing-along - with a circle pit. If you're unfamiliar with this band, this album will be a great introduction, and it might just lead you to older albums. If you're a fan of punk in general or Cock Sparrer in particular, you might find this album in your heavy rotation. Forever (Pirates Press Records) will be available everywhere on April 21.